The Gospel in the Fish Gate (2 of 3) by Donald Cantrell

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The Gospel in the Fish Gate (2 of 3)
Series: The Gospel in the Gates
Donald Cantrell
Nehemiah 3:3

Theme: ‘‘The fish gate teaches us about winning souls’’
I - The Significance of the Fish Gate
II - The Situation of the Fish Gate
III - The Symbolism of the Fish Gate
IV - The Shame of Evangelism

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Introduction:

Fish Story - The Ones That Got Away

After a Tuesday fishing on the River Test, near Southampton in Southern England, Trevor is walking from the pier carrying two brown trout in a bucket.

He is approached by a Water Conservation Officer who asks him for his fishing license.

Trevor replies to the environmentalist, ‘I was not fishing and I did not catch these brown trout, they are my pets. Every day I come down to the water and put these fish into the water and take them for a walk to the end of the pier and back. When I’m ready to go I whistle and they jump back into the bucket and we go home.

The officer, obviously, does not believe him and he reminds Trevor that it is illegal to fish without a license. The fisherman turns to the warden and says, ‘If you don’t believe me then watch, ‘and he throws the trout back into the water.

The warden says, ‘Now whistle to your fish and show me that they will jump out of the water and into the bucket.’

The fisherman turns to the officer and says, ‘What fish?’

In our churches we offer up a most unique fish story year after year and nobody seems to question its validity. Let’s say we have 10 churches in our association and a total of 1000 members between all 10 churches. As the year unfolds, we have 100 members switch churches throughout the association. Some of the churches have grown due to these additions and some of the churches have decreased due to those leaving. At the end of the year when all of the numbers are tallied up, we still have 1000 members in our association, though some have seen a slight increase and some hav ...


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