Good or bad? These words are some of the most basic descriptors of quality and morality that we learn about from the time we are children. Though even small children can understand the concepts, they are ideas central to our understanding of God and our standing before Him.

I have been using the analogy of a fisherman’s fly to illustrate concepts related to sharing our faith. Here’s another one. When a fly is tied, it includes a hook, flash, materials that look true to life, and appropriate weight, all presented according to the context. It’s the complete package.

Fishing experts say that 90 percent of the fish are in 10 percent of the water. This same idea is helpful when we think about our efforts to share the gospel. We need to be hangin’ out where the “fish” are. In The Navigators we want to raise up people who are living and discipling among the those yet to know Christ.

When I fly fish, most often I fish with two or three flies connected together. It’s a helpful technique because it gives the fish three options. If the principles of evangelism that we have been talking about in this series are good for us as individuals, they are exponentially better when we view the sharing of our faith as a “team sport.”

In fly fishing, having the right-sized fly is an important part of “matching the hatch” as described in the last post. Similarly, as we meet people who are on their way to the Kingdom, it is important for us to meet them where they are and bring a right-sized conversation about the gospel.

In the last post we looked at the importance of being set apart and different from our broken world. In this post we want to talk about the value of being the same as those we are attempting to reach. That idea might raise a big question mark for some of us! I’ll use another example from fly fishing to illustrate.

I am a fly fisherman. In tying (creating) a fly, I’ve learned to include some flash or color to get the fish’s attention. In the same way, God’s people are meant to get the world’s attention through our exemplary lives. We want to hear from you! Would you take a 4-minute survey to give me feedback on my blog? Thank you. 

Some of us remember a time when we were trained in a style of evangelism that was technique-driven and, at times, even gimmick-filled, to “get the job done.” It can be like fishing with a bare hook, the only goal being to snag something. We want to hear from you! Would you take a 5-minute survey to give me feedback on my blog? Thank you. 

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While the beautiful front side of a tapestry reveals the hard work and clarity of a design that would not exist without the diverse and colorful difference of the contrasting threads, the backside of a tapestry reveals to us that God’s people are always a work in progress.