Catch | Using the Right Bait

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

I am not a very good fisherman because I do not own a depth finder, a boat, a decent rod and reel or a large selection of lures.  I often fish with others who have pity on me because they see my lack of fishing gear and skills yet want to help me out.  By the end of the day they usually split the catch with me because they don’t want me to return home humiliated.  The reality, is I have fun fishing and I catch stuff using mostly live bait.  I know how to dig up nightcrawler worms and the local bait shop has plenty of minnows.  I can hang out on the dock or use my canoe and catch a fair amount of sunfish, crappies and an occasional bass.  I might not reel in the big one very often but I have found live bait attracts other fish. Therefore, I have not spent a lot of money on special baits or lures, but stick with what I know.

When it comes to sharing the good news of Jesus I think it is the same.  A lot of churches do major outreach events with big name music artists and big name evangelists. They spend lots of money to put on some incredible performances. It is effective in some ways but I still think basic sharing using “live bait” is the easiest.  We don’t have to sell or promote Jesus. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He died for our sins, and rose from the dead to demonstrate his love for us.  He is a living and loving God.  We don’t need fancy lures to bring people into a relationship with Jesus, we just have to have the courage to go fishing. Cast God’s love into our relationships and discuss spiritual questions with others. Take the time to invite a friend or family member to be a part of the CROSSROADS family.  Be real and share the real love of God.

Remember this week we have one service at 10:30 a.m. at the Lakeville Campus with an all church meeting at the end of the service.  IGH Campus will join the meeting via “Skype” and both groups will celebrate with a meal following worship. Minneapolis Campus will meet at 5:00 as usual.

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn