The Fishing Business (1 of 4) by James Merritt

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The Fishing Business
Series: Deep Soul Fishing
Dr. James Merritt
Mark 1:16-20
August 8, 2004

Introduction


Today, we are literally seeing a dream come true. Yet, who would have dreamed fifteen months ago, we would be where we are today?

71 acres of prime land in the heart of Gwinnett county.
350,000 square feet of buildings.
Property once for sale for $23 million dollars given by some men with a heart for God.
Located next to Interstate 85.
Less than one mile from the Civic Center, the Gwinnett Arena, and the Chamber of Commerce.
A location where 120,000 thousand cars go by our church property every day.
Twenty minutes from 1.2 million people including 600,000 with no church home.
Meeting for the first time in a state of the art 1500 seat worship center.

We have one of the greatest most strategic locations for a church in this city, in this state, and in this nation. We have been given by God Himself one of the greatest opportunities any church will ever be given.

Today, hear my heart. We can not afford to be just another church. We must be laser focused on our mission - who we are, why we are here and what we believe we ought to be about. To help people be different by knowing Christ and growing in Christ and to make a difference by serving Christ and sharing Christ. Cross Pointe Mission

If you do not buy into that mission statement, we will never be what God wants us to be, we will never do what God wants us to do and we will never become what God wants us to become.

I want to tell you the single biggest danger we now face as a church. As we add programming, ministries, and staff we could lose sight of our main objective. We could easily forget and forsake what our real business is. What is it?

Deep Soul Fishing

How many of you have ever been deep sea fishing? I was shocked to learn that more than 2.4 million people participated in this sport last year, resulting in retail sales of almost $2.4 billion dollars and a ...


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