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Smith Speaks on “Deep Soul” Fishing at BPC Chapel

Rev. Robby Smith
Rev. Robby Smith, the Associational Missionary from Daniell Baptist Association, speaks on “Deep Soul” Fishing during the March 25 chapel service.
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Two students pose with Coach Jana Baggett after the March 25 chapel service.

(Photos by Peter Lumpkins)

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON— Deep soul fishing may not be a common phrase, but it’s what Rev. Robby Smith chose to title his message when he spoke to the March 25 Brewton-Parker College chapel congregation. The message concentrated on Mark 1:16-20, one of the passages where Jesus calls his first disciples from their lives as fishermen. Smith’s message, however, was about giving lost individuals the chance to hear the gospel.

Smith noted that, when Jesus Christ called them to become “fishers of men”, the disciples left everything they knew to follow Him. They put themselves in a position to seek out individuals, instead of waiting for people to come to them. Smith illustrated this point when he said, “We are to be a place where we go reach the lost, the fish.” Later, he added, “I’ve noticed something [about fishing]. Rarely do the fish jump in the boat.”

To drive his point home, Smith quoted two statistics from the local area: 1) the combined populations of Wheeler, Treutlen, Montgomery, and Toombs counties equal 51,225 people. 2) Of those people, 41,000 do not regularly attend church. “Do you know what this means?” Smith asked. “If you bait your hook with the gospel, it’s like fishing in a barrel.” He then quoted more statistics about how Christians fail to share their faith: 97% of Christians never lead anyone to Christ while 95% never try, 51% of Georgia pastors have not shared their testimony in the last six months outside of preaching, and 25% of pastors have never led a person to Jesus outside of preaching.

One of the final stories that Smith shared with his congregation was an experience that he had in a homeless camp in Georgia. The inhabitants took him to a simple cross in the ground, and told him about the woman buried there. She had met a brutal death by trying to rescue two bottles of alcohol from a tent fire. Smith’s point in sharing that story was to point out how people die every day without the opportunity to come to faith. He asked the congregation, “Shouldn’t she have at least had the chance?”

The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
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April 1, 2014 10:50 AM