by James Merritt

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Fish Bait
Deep Soul Fishing
Jason Merritt
I Corinthians 15:2-4
August 26, 2004


Jesus said in Mark 1:17, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17, NASB)

With that one statement to his first followers, Jesus told all his future followers that they were to continuously go “deep soul fishing.”
With that one statement, we know that Jesus wants His followers to be in the fishing business. With that one statement, we know that Jesus wants His followers to be His fishing buddies.
With that one statement, we know that when we do go fishing we will experience fish bites.

As we talk about “deep soul fishing” there is one thing about fishing we haven’t discussed and without this we will never catch any fish. When you go out to fish you can have the best fishing boat money can buy, the finest rod and reel on the market, and you can be in a lake full of hungry fish, but if the fish are going to bite, you must have fish bait.

I did a little study about fish bait and I learned some interesting things. First of all, the best bait is always live bait and it must be fresh. Next to having good bait the correct presentation of the bait is the most important factor governing success or failure. You cannot skimp with bait. You have got to be generous with it. You have got to make it worthwhile to the fish to chase your bait. You have got to match the size of the bait to the size of the fish that you are trying to catch. Then, above all, the fish bait must be presented properly.

What is our fish bait? A pastor was giving a children’s sermon one Sunday and he was talking about fishing. He had a fishing pole and had already talked about the different types of bait that would attract fish. He then quoted the verse of scripture that I just quoted about fishing for men and looking for an answer from the children, he said, “Now if I am going to fish for men, what kind of bait do you think I should use?” Before he could an ...

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