153 Big Fish: Thurrock, cast your net over the other side!

fish tin 1Tim Harrold, from a talk given at St Margaret’s, Stanford-le-Hope on 10 April 2016

Scriptures from The Message unless otherwise stated

John 21:6
He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.”
They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.

A bit later in v11 we’re told there were...
153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn’t rip.

The story

  • the disciples had cast their fishing nets over the left side of the boat and had been fishing over night
    • it was now dawn, and Jesus told the disciples to cast their nets over the right side of the boat
  • Jesus told them to fish differently
    • either Jesus knew where the fish were, or
    • he miraculously made the fish appear out of nowhere
    • it doesn’t matter which
  • the point is, he gave a directive and the disciples followed his directive
    • transformation followed!
  • obedience liberates divine power
    • Jesus’ followers followed Jesus, and miraculous things occurred
    • Jesus was teaching them to be dependent upon him
  • at the start of his ministry, Jesus called a bunch of unschooled fishermen
    • in Matthew 4:19, Jesus said to them,
      • “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.”

Throw the net over the other side!

  • I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you.
    • a new kind of fisherman because we can't catch fish unless Jesus guides us to those fish
    • the old kind of fisherman doesn’t catch men and women instead of perch and bass
  • Jesus prepares the fish for catching
    • he puts them in the right place at the right time
    • if we want to find and make disciples, we need to hear Jesus directing us to them
    • because he knows who they are (he's been preparing them)  
    • ... and where they are (he's been positioning them)
  • this will mean doing things differently
  • obedience liberates divine power
    • when Jesus’ followers follow Jesus, miraculous things occur
    • transformation follows!

Stories of where the nets have been cast over the other side - stories of transformation

Coleraine, Northern Ireland
  • 2308 people came to faith in 2015 on the streets of the town
  • simple explanation of Alan Scott, pastor at Causeway Vineyard: "something has shifted"
    • they've cast their nets over the other side
      • transformation has followed!
Cwmbran outpouring, Wales
  • Report:
    • On 10 April 2013, God sovereignly poured out His Spirit in a powerful way at our Cwmbran campus. Pastor Richard made the decision that we should continue with meetings until God says otherwise after hearing the Lord speak to his heart: ‘If my people show up, I’ll show up’.
    • What are the meetings about?
      • This is a very important question, we get asked this a lot. First and fore-mostly, Victory Church is a local church, serving Cwmbran and reaching other communities right across Wales. We are not a huge evangelistic, television ministry. We are seeking to live out these core values: Passion for the Saviour, Love for Scripture, Rescuing the sinner. That’s where this starts.
      • If you are looking for a show, this is not it. If however, you want to experience God’s manifest presence, exalt Jesus and go away renewed, then this is the place for you. Many pastors and leaders have been so empowered, that their whole outlook on ministry has changed and they are seeing the lost saved in increasing numbers. We welcome all people and when we say all, we mean ALL.  Hundreds have come in as atheists, backslidden, lost, addicted, rich, poor, confused, self-harming etc and gone out loving Jesus as He has reached them. Everyone needs a Saviour.
    • they've cast their nets over the other side
      • transformation has followed!
Eastgate, Ebbsfleet, Kent (formerly known as North Kent Ccommunity Church)
  • Pete Carter, director says it's now rare for a week to go by when they don't hear a story of the miraculous taking place
  • active in Gravesend & Bluewater, where they're doing...
    • spiritual readings
    • free hugs
    • treasure hunting
    • street healing
      • using prophetic words, words of knowledge etc.
  • keys 
    • kingdom culture
    • worship
    • telling the stories
    • maintaining a culture of honour
    • leaders serve the people not the other way round
  • they've cast their nets over the other side
    • transformation has followed!
Thurrock Firestarters
  • Grays High Street Firestarters' outreach
    • using mainly 'spiritual reading' picture cards
    • we've cast our nets over the other side
      • transformation is following!
Watch this! The Last Reformation... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaLmcStMD74
  • note the miraculous writing of the word 'real' in the sky over a baptism...
  • this stuff really is really real!
    • the nets are being cast over the other side right across the world
      • transformation is following all over the earth!

Do as Jesus tells you!

  • we will be a new kind of fisherman
    • we’ve fished all night and caught nothing
    • now it’s dawn
    • now it’s dawning on us that the spiritual light is rising
  • Jesus doesn't suggest what to do, he directs with a promise
  • Romans 12:2
    • Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.
    • NIV Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
      • think differently
      • Jesus did...
      • Jesus does!
  • to fish the way we've always done it maybe a good idea
    • ... but to fish the way Jesus directs is a God idea
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
    • Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God!

fish tin 2Think big, expect big, expect transformation!

  • when Jesus gives a directive, his disciples follow his directive
    • when Jesus’ followers follow Jesus, miraculous things occur
    • obedience liberates divine power
  • 153 big fish 
    • cast your net over the other side
    • that’s where the fish are
    • the big fish
    • 153 big fish!
  • transformation!


Tim Harrold, 14/04/2016

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