- You’re not from here. You are from the one who sent you (John 17:16-18).
- Jesus sent us into the world to be ambassadors (II Corinthians 5:20).
- Jesus also sent us into the world to be laborers. (Matthew 9:35-38).
- When Jesus speaks of laborers, he’s speaking .
• Laborers = Harvesters
• Lord of the Harvest = Owner of the field
• Field = The world
• The harvest = Pre-Christians
- The Biblical Pattern is :
• (the crowds)
• (their pain)
• (to God)
• (the laborers)
- You can’t pray earnestly for laborers without becoming a laborer (Isaiah 6:8).
- The of laborers is based on whether they are sent or not.
- People who are sent and follow the of the sender get the results the sender promised.
- God uses more than one to explain our role in leading people to Christ:
- He also describes us as , people who catch fish (Luke 5:4-10).
- When Peter to fish, he catches nothing.
- When Peter to fish, he catches more fish than he is prepared to handle.
More Lessons From Fishing
- Jesus uses the lesson about catching fish to teach Peter about catching fish .
- The Bible documents how Peter fulfilled the learning of the lesson.
learning outcomes identify what the learner will know and be able to do by the end of a course or program. (Shirley Lesch, retired professor from George Brown College in Toronto, Canada).
• Peter Preaches (Acts 2:14).
• There’s an altar call (Acts 2:37-40).
• 3000 join the church (Acts 2:41).
• The crowd becomes a congregation (Acts 2:42).
• More learning outcomes and impact indicators (Acts 2:43-47).
– Devotion to the Word (2:42)
– Meals and gatherings in homes (2:42,46)
– Prayer (2:42)
– Awe (2:43)
– Signs and wonders (2:43)
– Generosity beyond tithing (2:44-45)
– Praise (2:47)
– Favor (2:47)
– People daily joining the church (2:47)
Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2019