YOU MUST GO WHERE THE FISH ARE. Fish are in creeks, ponds, lakes, rivers, and oceans. They are not in swimming pools! If you want to catch ﬁsh, you must go where the ﬁsh are. If you are going to ﬁsh for men, you must go into all the world (Mark 16:15). People are everywhere, i.e., neighborhoods, ofﬁces, restaurants, schools, ballgames, etc. Tragically, we spend most of our time ﬁshing in the church swimming pool!
YOU MUST USE THE RIGHT BAIT. Fish like worms, minnows, stink bait, and even artiﬁcial lures! You can’t catch ﬁsh without good bait. The “bait” for catching men is the Word of God. Jesus told us to go into all the world and share the Word of God. The “Romans Road” is the Word of God. The FAITH outline is full of the Word of God. People are attracted to a Savior who did something about their sin. However, we often use our programs, personalities, and activities as the bait.
YOU MUST PRESENT THE BAIT. There are many ways to present the bait to the ﬁsh: a hook and bobber, a top water lure, a spinner, a plastic worm, etc. Jesus always presented the Word of God, but He didn’t always present it the same way. Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about the new birth (John 3). Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman about the living water (John 4). There are many ways to present the gospel!
YOU MUST SET THE HOOK. Setting the hook is commitment time. I’ve missed a lot of ﬁsh because I tried to set the hook too early or too late. When sharing the gospel, there comes a time for calling for a commitment to Christ. It’s as easy as asking, “Would you like to receive God’s gift of eternal life right now?” You must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit at this point. But, you will never catch men if you don’t call for a commitment. Now, let’s go ﬁshing…for men!