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The first time Jesus helped Peter catch fish, the net broke! There were too many fish, too much weight, too much stress for the net to hold. The boat began to sink. Others came to help but the net could not hold. The last time Jesus helped Peter catch fish, the net was strong! It was able to endure the weight and the stress and still hold. Jesus already had fish cooked and waiting for his friends early that morning but he said to Peter, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught”. Peter was able to drag the net to shore full of fish and big ones too, 153 to be exact.

Do you know that you are a big fish! And you are worthy to be counted, not because of who you are but because of whose you are. He adores you and thinks about you with more precious thoughts than you can imagine. He wants to make us all part of His network of "people catchers" that He calls His church. To become part of this amazing network, we only have to have one thing in common. We must know Him. It sounds too simple but it’s true. When you meet another person who knows Jesus, there is an immediate connection. That connection cannot be broken. That’s what makes God’s net so strong.

The Apostle Paul said, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Philippians 3:10) To truly know Him, you must know Him like this. I’m sorry if someone has told you there is another way but there is not. We must follow Him to know Him. We must carry our cross as He carried His. We must be able to agree with His will. I know it sounds harsh but that’s what Jesus told us. And the most incredible thing is that it’s all worth it and then some! Did you catch the first thing Paul said? “The Power of His Resurrection”! It’s the greatest power in the world! It is so powerful that when resurrected brothers and sisters in Christ come together, they form a net that cannot be broken!

Our focus this week is the power that holds us together. If you don’t have a place to worship, we would love for you to come and join us this Sunday for one hour at 10:30am, 2620 Clinton Ave., Campus 805. See you there!
Ok, that’s an Elton John song and I love Elton John songs. But, has anyone ever saved your life? If you’ve ever had someone step in and pull you back from the brink, you’ll experience this message in a very deep and meaningful way.

Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, and ages, but they all have one thing in common, they care. They care enough to do something. They give their time, money, energy and attention to help a victim who can’t help themselves. I know what it’s like to be saved. It’s very humbling to receive priceless help that cannot begin to be repaid. It leaves you grasping for words to express your gratitude. “Thank you” doesn’t begin to cover it. But usually, that’s all you have to offer in return.

God has a covert group of exceptional people with super-human skills stationed around the planet. On one prompting from Him, they will spring into action at a moment’s notice. They are led by and empowered with God’s Holy Spirit, His infinite knowledge and power, to rescue those who have been captured or even enslaved by the enemy.

Do you need help? There is someone close to you who can help you. Are you in search of those who may need your help? There is someone not far away who needs you. This week’s message will help you no matter which side you find yourself on.
Rigid, stiff, inflexible, unbending, unyielding. These may be words that some use to describe religious people but they don’t describe God’s network of people who make up His church. A net must have the ability to stretch. It must be able to expand and contract without breaking. It must conform to the catch. Each of us who are part of this network must be able to do the same. Each person is different and each situation unique and if we are pliable, God will mold us to fit His purpose. Paul, the apostle, said, "I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

There is a great story that I will share this week of Paul using an idol to preach Christ. Unbelievable! Paul was flexible, movable, yielding to God in every situation. He kept the main thing in his sights and all times. "God loves people.” He is not preoccupied with protocol or religious discipline. God loves people! That’s the main thing.

In order to fulfill our calling as Christ’s body, we will be stretched. It’s not comfortable, cushy or warm and fuzzy but it is exciting, adventurous and unparalleled by any other way of life. It’s what we desire in our heart of hearts. It’s what everyone would do if we all knew what we really wanted. It’s in our spiritual DNA to move, to bend, to flex in order to touch our future brothers and sisters in Christ with God’s infinite love. That’s what this week’s message is all about.
I don’t think we really understand how important we are to God’s plan. Jesus said, “follow me and I will send you out to fish for people.” He’s sending us to do the fishing. We are the gatherers of His people. We are the net that pulls them in. Together, we are the instrument that captures. Wait a minute, “capture" doesn’t sound like a very pleasant word. It’s not unless you are sinking or falling or headed for disaster, then the word capture is synonymous with rescue. God has called us to be rescuers.

This new series called “The Net Works” is a play on words. The net does work and we are a network of rescuers. We are God’s system to bring the world to redemption. Chances are at this moment; you are in close proximity or in a relationship with someone who needs to be rescued. How do you do that? That’s what we will be talking about for the next four weeks! This series is for all of us, whether we are rescuing someone else, or we are the one being rescued, or both.

There is something so great that happens when we reach out to help someone else. God is at that very moment reaching in to help us. One act of humility on our part to put another person’s needs ahead of our own triggers God’s grace to spring into action for us! And oh, how we need God’s grace!
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