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The great fisherman

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I wonder where you stand... assessment of world / prospects

- pessimist? breakdown of family, global warming, terrorism

- optimist? healthcare, technology

interested in that question - reading from Ephesians

last week LONDON EYE

this week - zoom in, foundational truths

Bad news and good news

bad news- world in a worse state than even pessimists think v1-3

good news - hope for the future even brighter than optimists think v4-7


  • dead through our trespasses and sins v1
  • devil - "ruler of the power of the air" v2
  • children of wrath v3


tragic death of Shakilus Townsend

teenager lured to death by "girlfriend"; beaten by gang

not in a dark alley -- quiet cul-de-sac

not deprived youths -- one former public school boy

poison makes people do most cruel, vicious, unspeakable things

poison taints us all

v3 "All of us..."

- rships anger aggression/ cold distance


Sewage works - Thames overflowed

killing 100s of fish

"dead fish go with the flow"

v2 "...following the course of this world..."

really is abd - pollution + flow --> helpless

life w/o Jesus is a living death


"But" v4 great turnaround

read v4-5

Thames analogy - fished us out

Not from safe vantage point. rod - not even life to bite

dived into murky waters - bare hands

reality - world gone wrong, rships broken

Jesus betrayed by one of closest friends

clear light of day, crowds

"and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (v6)

Crystal clear water

- however polluted the world may get - we are safe

"No guilt in life,no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me."

Life w Jesus has heavenly quality / resurrection.

(3) How can this be v8-10

All about what God has done

v8 "For by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God."

by GRACE through FAITH

gift of God which we accept through trusting in Jesus in Christ alone

  1. If you have never placed your trust in J will today be the day?
  2. If we know we have been rescued do we have motivation and confidence to share our faith

Jesus called disciples "fishers of men"

- times I have been uneasy with that phrase - if I was a fish would I want to be plucked out my habitat?

- unless of course water living in is polluted

  • Best thing you can do for someone - introduce them to J

life without Jesus - swept downstream in polluted waters

Read "In Christ Alone" v1.

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