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"Fishers of men?"


I picked up a study from Josh Hunt's site called "Peter's Principles of Successful Living." This site has some pretty interesting study materials, and the subscription to the study vault is only $3.95/month. This particular study rather disappointed me; but I can take a few highlights.




I'm only doing the first half today--session 1 covers two things that to me seem completely unrelated. I always dislike it when a study doesn't flow easily from one thing to another. So for now, I will deal with questions asked in relation to Matthew 4:18-20, Jesus' calling of Peter.


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I picked up a study from Josh Hunt's site called "Peter's Principles of Successful Living." This site has some pretty interesting study materials, and the subscription to the study vault is only $3.95/month. This particular study rather disappointed me; but I can take a few highlights.</p>
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I'm only doing the first half today--session 1 covers two things that to me seem completely unrelated. I always dislike it when a study doesn't flow easily from one thing to another. So for now, I will deal with questions asked in relation to Matthew 4:18-20, Jesus' calling of Peter.</p>
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Matthew 4.18 - 20. Is the calling to follow Christ necessarily a calling to become a fisher of men?</p>
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I, personally, don't think so. Jesus was turning Peter's earthly vocation into a heavenly calling. Peter's gift was evangelism (fishing for men). This is not everyone's gift. However, we in the church have latched onto this because of the call to "make disciples," which is a call to the body of Christ; and we have made it a call to individual believers to act as evangelists who are often not gifted in this area but who might be powerfully gifted to serve in various capacities as equippers and assistants to people who ARE gifted in evangelism. Perhaps the mission of the church at large would be better served if we learned how to work together as a body and stopped trying to be little Peters.</p>
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The rest of this portion of the study disappointed me. It is written in such a way as to guide respondents into particular responses. From a leader's standpoint,
this doesn't seem to result in real growth. It just ensures "right answers."</p>
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How would you describe your journey toward God making you to be a fisher of men? What have you learned on this journey?</p>
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I've learned that often Christians are expected to "fish" in the same way using the same tools and techniques. I could not disagree more strongly with this practice. It goes against everything I know about how the Holy Spirit empowers! We do a lot of things wrong in our attempt to make each other "good Christians."</p>
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