Bulletin Article
August 5, 2001

I Will Make You Fishers of Men

By Arley Turner

Matt 4:19 And He said unto them, Follow me and I will make you Fishers of men.

In Preparation for His public ministry Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. After fasting for 40 days and nights Jesus was able to resist all the temptations the devil placed before him and began to preach the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

While Jesus was walking along the water of the sea of Galilee He met two brothers who were fishermen, Andrew and Simon Peter. Walking a little farther he met two other brothers, James and John. These men were all fishermen. Jesus requested the men to follow him and He would make them fishers of men.

After selecting the rest of the Apostles Jesus commissioned them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel. The commission was accomplished. In Col 1:23 we have recorded that in 38 +/- years every creature under heaven had heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This was a successful fishing expedition. All the known world within 38 +/- years had heard the good news.

The city of Patterson has a population of 12,300 +/-. Shall we cast our nets aside and go fishing for men?