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  1. 1. “Grab a Net, Let’s Go Fishing”5th Annual Laymen’s Address ByDeacon Andre L. Pierre, Sr. Laymen’s PresidentChain Lake District Missionary Baptist Association 167th Annual Session “Solidarity with the Savior Through a Visionary Church” July 15, 2010
  2. 2. To the Presiding Officer, Reverend Whitfield, Moderator, Reverend William Wyne,Congress President, Dr. Addis Moore, Congress Dean, Reverend Craig Tatum,Women’s President, Sister Billie Dunigan, Youth Director, Minister Doreen Gardner,Young Adult Director, Reverend Lenzy Bell, Children’s Directors Sisters CassandraBridges and Sister Deborah Jackson and to the official staff of this association andall ministry leaders; to the Wolverine State Laymen’s President, Deacon MichaelWashington and all of you my brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet you as Paulgreeted the community of faith, “grace and peace to you from God our Father andthe Lord Jesus Christ”.I thank God for the call he has placed on my life and for His faithfulness to me andto my family. I am especially grateful for the brothers of this association who hasshown steadfastness, spiritual growth, commitment and a great love for Christ,thank you brothers for your support and for allowing the Lord to be head of yourlife. It is my prayer that you will continue on this path. It is because of this callthat I stand here today to address you as your Chain Lake District Laymen’sPresident.I believe that this past year was a good year for the ministry as a whole. I attendedthe Wolverine State Convention, Wolverine State One-Day Workshop, two StateLaymen’s Meetings; The Walter Cade Seven State Workshop and three Chain LakeDistrict Sessions.In past years I’ve suggested that we resurrect some events such as the Gatheringof the Laymen and our District Laymen’s Choir, while I believe that these twoevents were important I did not get them off the ground. Therefore I amreassessing our focus for this coming year and I am certain that our attention mustbe on building up men’s ministries in our local churches and district and secondly inevangelism. We can’t have a powerful Gathering of Laymen if we don’t have mento gather and we can’t have a powerfully charged music ministry if we don’t havevoices.I will accomplish this task by facilitating two one-day workshops that will focus onhow the development and maintenance of a Men’s ministry; next by encouragingthe growth and development of a Junior Laymen’s ministry in local churches andlastly by teaching the principles of evangelism through the district. 1
  3. 3. Grab a Net, Let’s Go Fishing Luke 5:1-11 KJV1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word ofGod, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out ofthem, and were washing their nets.3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simons, and prayed him that hewould thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people outof the ship.4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep,and let down your nets for a draught.5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, andhave taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and theirnet brake.7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that theyshould come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that theybegan to sink.8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus knees, saying, Depart from me;for I am a sinful man, O Lord.9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fisheswhich they had taken:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners withSimon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catchmen.11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followedhim.Over the last few months we’ve heard a great deal about the disaster in the Gulf ofMexico and how it’s disrupted the livelihood of fishermen. The lives of thesefishermen have been turned upside down. Their purpose was to fish for physicalfood as a means of providing for their families. This disastrous oil spill is leavingthem without hope. While, we as Christians are called to fish in the spiritual realmfor the purpose of winning souls for Christ we are sometimes discouraged as well. 2
  4. 4. But God provides both in the physical and in the spiritual realm. Jesus said to hisdisciples fear not from henceforth thou shalt catch men”.What has fishing got to do with Christians in the twenty first century? What doescasting a net have to do with the word of truth, evangelism and Jesus Christ? Letme suggest to you that God went fishing for you and me, didn’t he? God in Hisgreat love for us cast the net of relationships and covenants found in His Holyword; the Bible. Every since the fall of mankind, starting with the man Adam andhis wife Eve. God through His redemptive plan for mankind has been fishing for usto re-establish a right relationship with Him. That is, the forgiveness of sin andredemption back to Him through Jesus Christ for salvation and eternal life. Go backto Gen. 3:8-9, And they Adam and Eve heard the voice of the Lord God walking inthe garden in the cool of the day and Adam and his wife Eve hid themselves fromthe presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord Godcalled to Adam and said unto him, Where art thou? Man’s Fall, sin enters the world,the end of the first covenant. The time of innocence is over. But God continues tocast a net of covenants to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and His final covenantJesus Christ. God is still casting His net for a draught and the species is calledmankind. Remember John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His onlybegotten Son.”So let’s talk about Jesus the greatest fisherman who ever lived, the ultimate fishingguide. Every great fishing trip needs a guide. Someone to steer the boat, take youout into deep waters and return safely. Someone, who knows where to cast yournet for maximum draught. Jesus chose twelve men to be His disciples (calledApostles). All twelve were sent out two by two to preach repentance and performmiracles; His special messengers; just ordinary men, mostly laborers andfishermen. At least four of Jesus’ Apostles were fishermen on the Lake ofGennesaret (Sea of Galilee) sometimes called the Sea of Tiberias and Chinnereth(in the Old Testament). It was about thirteen miles long and seven to eight mileswide. It was a very important source of food and work. Many Galileans werefishermen. But fishing for a living during Jesus’ time was hard work. It was heavystrenuous work. Most fishermen worked at night in wooden boats. This allowedtheir catch to be fresh in the morning for sale. In your mind’s eye can you see theparallel between physical fishing and spiritual fishing. Both types of fishing requirephysical work. Fishing for men (evangelizing) may seem like tough, strenuouswork at times. You may be afraid of rejection and ridicule what if they say no!What if I don’t say the right thing? You may have to give up a Saturday afternoonor miss your favorite soap opera to help plan your next evangelistic drive. You mayhave to study the word all the more in order that a sinner might believe in whatyou say. You see net fishing requires a certain skill level and patience. Why fish?We fish because time is running out, Jesus is coming back soon! It’s time to stopsetting on the side lines and letting a sin sick world pass us by. And all the whileour boys are going to prison and getting gunned down in the streets. Our younggirls are giving themselves over to young men resulting in parenthood even beforethey are fully grown themselves. Low passing grades, high dropout rates andcertainly no higher education, a sure recipe for failure, prison and even death.Grab a net it’s time to go fishing. Why go fishing? Because of the Great 3
  5. 5. Commission says so, Matthew 28:18-20 18And Jesus came and spake unto them,saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo,I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.We fish because of I Timothy 2:4 which talks about our God who desires all peopleto be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. We cast our nets forfreedom. Freedom from Sin and death. The most beautiful part of it all is thatGod does not discriminate. Whosoever lands in His net, whosoever is blessed tohave been caught has been blessed and accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior will besaved. Romans 10:13 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shallbe saved.But wait just like every building needs a strong foundation every fisherman needs agreat ship and a strong anchor. You can think of the church; your local church asyour great ship from which you will cast your net. The world is your vast sea offishing opportunity waiting to be landed. Jesus is your strong anchor. Have youinvited Jesus into your ship? What are you doing to keep your ship afloat? Are yousupporting your Pastor’s (the captain of your ship) God given vision? Are youhelping your pastor to carry out the ship’s mission statement. Have you committedto tithing, keeping the external and internal infrastructure sea worthy? You seeevery great ship has a great crew. We all have different gifts and talents. TheBible says, ”many members, but one body” I Cor. 12:12. You may not be called tosteer the ship or toot the horn, but you may be called to maintain and clean thenet. If you are called to preach or teach, lead, or exhort, usher or cook, sweep orclean then you are maintaining the net, each strand tightly woven together for aheavy draw. But whatever you do stay with the ship. You can’t sail a ship withouta crew. Each auxiliary or ministry with its God given talents works together in atribal relationship to go fishing and evangelizing. I like to call it “Frangelizing”.This new word expresses action, draws a parallel between fishing and evangelizing.So as we prepare ourselves for a lifetime of witnessing consider these practicalsteps for successful Frangelizing. Our goal is to draught a certain kind of fish called“lost soul” and for bait we will lure them in with the Word of God.First Pray! Pray the Holy Spirit to come in to guide and bless your Frangelismexpedition.Second, follow the instructions and examples of Jesus. If He says go out into deepwater, just go. If He says cast your net on the right or on the left just do it!Third, study to show yourself approved 2 Timothy 2:15 15Study to shew thyselfapproved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividingthe word of truth. 4
  6. 6. Fourth, make friends with someone who you know is not a Christian. After you wintheir confidence, based on your lifestyle and Christian testimony invite them tochurch; Bible study, and prayer meeting. They have the potential to be yourgreatest frangelistic leader.Fifth, find out who’s doing what in your church as it relates to evangelizing andcommit yourself to helping them on their fishing expedition. Connect with otherministries and be supportive.Sixth, live the lifestyle you preach. Someone will notice. Let them see the God inyou. If you walk the walk you can talk the talk. There may be some cost tofollowing Jesus on a fishing expedition, but the rewards are great. A fishermanmay encounter rough seas and deep waters, but cast your net and stay with theboat. You may be rejected and talked about, someone might say – aren’t you soand so? Or I knew you back in the day. Jesus says to his disciples “Don’t fear”.Just cast your net. Jesus cast a net for you and for me. It doesn’t seem to matterthat we were born in sin and shaped in iniquity He takes on any and all comers.Finally, one day God went looking for you and for me in the breeze of the day andwe heard him saying in a loud voice, where are you? And you said here I am Godhiding under a load of guilt and shame. Then He cast the net of salvation, the finalcovenant, through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Fully man, yet fully God.Down through forty two generations, lived a perfect life went about doing goodhealing the sick and raising the dead; teaching; preaching. And that same netlanded on a hill called Calvary, Golgotha (The place of the skull). The same hill thatJesus struggled up for you and me. Struggling because the record says theyscorged Him and placed a crown of thorns on His head. They thought they had Himtrapped in a net of death. But Jesus broke through and continued up that ruggedhill. They stretched him wide and lifted him high on that heavy cross beam calledthe cross. He suffered, bled and died. They buried Him in a borrowed grave forthree days, but on that third day Sunday morning He got up with all power in Hishand. I’m glad today that God came fishing for me and you. Now it’s time to grabour net, clean our nets andLET’S GO FISHING. 5