Follow me and I will make you “FISHERS OF MEN” Mark 1:17


      Pastor Desmond McLarty

    What does it mean to be  “FISHERS OF MEN”?

    *The phrase “fishers of men” was spoken by Jesus when He was calling two of His disciples, Simon Peter and his brother  Andrew, to follow Him (Mark 1:16-18, Matthew 4:18-20).

    *FISHERS – Christians - Believers - Evangelist

    *MEN – in the context of human beings (people) – male and female.

    *The phrase “fishers of men” is also one of the most well known lines in the New Testament and the most important expression for evangelism.


    -The preaching of the Gospel (The Good News of Jesus Christ). In Christianity, the Gospel, or the Good News, is the news of the coming of the Kingdom of God, and of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection to restore people's relationship with God.

    -The practice of giving information about a particular doctrine (set of beliefs, teachings or instructions). 

    -Set of beliefs to others with the intention of converting them to the Christian faith.

    Barriers to Evangelism

    *Churches and Christians seem to be failing everywhere with evangelism. No matter how prepared we are in being fishers of men, as Jesus called us, the fish (people) are not coming in. There is such a failure rate, that most Christians don’t bother with salvation activity anymore, if they ever did. They find it difficult to do, because people they witness to are not interested. When there are successes in evangelism, these persons eventually seem to go back to where they were or perhaps worse, continuing to live an evil lifestyle.     

    *Examining the first problem of not catching the fish, Paul tells the Ephesians in Chapter 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    *Notice our initial problem is not with the fish (people), but with evil spiritual forces.

    *Evil forces have a plan in place to try and disrupt God’s plan, the Church and Christians, and God’s evangelization.

    *The evil spiritual realm is highly organized, with some of its main goals being to prevent, to discourage and to make the evangelism process very difficult or even a failure.

    *One way we know this is that Paul tells us that the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers.         (2 Cor. 4:4) 

    *Satan is not omnipresent like God and he cannot do it all himself , so he sets in place around the world his powers, principalities, rulers of darkness and wickedness in high places, lesser evil spirits and evil people. (Dan. 10:20)

    *Overcoming the barriers

    *Spiritual warfare against evil powers and principalities has to be done first, before success in evangelization in an area can be achieved.

    *Jesus told us in Matthew 12:29 that we have to bind the strong man and then spoil his house.

    *Jesus’parable referring to a strong spirit, can be applied to a spirit in a person or over an area.

    *In an area governed by evil, you cannot get the spoils (in this case captive people), until the governing evil is dealt with.

    *Jesus told us, which is a command, in Mark 16:17 that all Christians shall cast out devils (drive them out).

    *We will and shall cast them and drive them out of anywhere they are: in people, in physical objects, in towns, in cities, in neighbourhoods, over financial institutions, over government, over educational systems, over the earth, the waters and in the heavenlies.

    *God gave us the power and the authority to do so. Luke 10:19



    *When Jesus called Peter and Andrew, their goal was to be successful fishermen.  In asking them to forsake this goal, He commanded them to follow Him and He would make them fishers for men’s souls.

    *There are many barriers to evangelism, but with God’s mighty weapons we can overcome those barriers set up by the enemy.




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