Fishers of People

A message from
Matt Heard

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Matt Heard



Matthew 4:18-20 (NIV)

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

Luke 5:1-11 (NIV)

1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 

5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 

6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 

8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. 

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. 

A Fruit-bearing Disciple:

    1. ABIDING    (v. 4-5)
    2. OBEYING   (v. 10-11; 14)
    3. PRAYING   (v. 7; 16)
    4. LOVING      (v. 9-10; 12-13; 17)

Eugene Peterson:
“The Christian life is going to God. In going to God, Christians travel the same ground that everyone else walks on, breathe the same air, drink the same water, shop in the same stores, read the same newspapers, are citizens under the same government, pay the same prices for groceries and gasoline, fear the same dangers, are subject to the same pressures, get the same distresses, are buried in the same ground. “The difference is that each step we walk, each breath we breathe, we know we are preserved by God, we know we are accompanied by God, we know we are ruled by God.”

Supporting Scripture:

    1. John 5:1-17
    2. Jeremiah 17:7-8
    3. Isaiah 58:11
    4. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
    5. Psalm 102:18-22


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Stewardship Update

Northland Tithes & Offerings
Need for Fiscal (7/1/20-6/30/21) $9.5M
As of 11/18/2020
If you'd like to learn more or have questions related to finances at Northland, contact our finance team at

Stewardship Update

Northland Tithes & Offerings
Need for Fiscal (7/1/20-6/30/21) $8.9M
As of 11/18/2020
If you'd like to learn more or have questions related to finances at Northland, contact our finance team at

A note from COO, Kirk Leff

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus refers to His beloved as “the light of the word” calling each one to “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” – Matthew 5:14

In a world of uncertainty it is so important that we demonstrate what it means to be His beloved.  Northland family! Shine that light so those who are lost, in need, troubled, full of fear, feeling hurt  are able to see Jesus through each one of us.  We are called to represent the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness lavished on us so we can be shining beacons of the living life of Christ.

This past week we honored our volunteers with a unique drive through appreciation event. Your willingness to serve others is not only a great example of letting your light shine; it is one of the principles of Stewardship. The most incredible result of this event was the energy that infused our staff who participated.  This was not the intent but a by-product of being bathed in the light you shine before others. We also hosted a glorious night of worship with over 600 in attendance joining with Phil Wickham, one of the most published worship songwriters living today. His music written to honor God includes:  “At Your Name”, “This is Amazing Grace” and “Your Love Awakens Me”. Being part of that night, in our Worship Center, made you feel like you were with David as he sang his Psalms to our Father.

Now, with only six weeks remaining in 2020, we need your help and humbly ask you to include Northland in your daily prayers—specifically that God would provide the resources needed for us to be fully funded so together we can continue to be the light He has called us to be to one another.  Not only through our weekend worship both in person and on-line, but through Student Ministries, Children’s Ministries, Community Arts Connection and Access Ministries, Christmas House, Covid-19 Benevolence, 121Hope, All our Small Groups & Bible Studies, Celebrate Recovery, Aribic Ministries, Be the Bridge, and so much more. You can check these all out by clicking this link (INSERT LINK TO CALENDAR).

God bless you Northland Family, as we join together Engaging people to be Fully Alive in Jesus.

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These questions invite you to dive a little deeper into this week's message, "

Fishers of People


1. When you hear that you have been “called” and “chosen” by Jesus, what impact does that have on your heart?

2. What are some of the reasons He has chosen you?

3. When you hear that one of Christ’s purposes for calling you is to “fish for people,” what does that phrase evoke in you?

4. Of the people that Jesus has used to disciple you and grow your relationship with Him, who is someone that stands out in their impact? Why?

5. Talk about how each of the following “fruit-bearing” practices can impact the people around you: Abiding, Obeying, Praying, Loving.

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