Launch Out by Sam Mata

We’ve had the opportunity to launch a few new campuses at Shoreline. We’ve realized every week we should have a launch mentality, a fresh new approach to every service, small group or gathering.
The dictionary defines launch, to set afloat, to send off. In the Greek, launch means to lead.

A Launch Mentality means to have a leader’s mentality, leaders that know what needs to happen and how. This is for all of us, whether we are serving in our homes, the marketplace or the ministry.

Jesus reminds us of this in Luke 5: 1-11. This is a lesson on Leadership.

Jesus is calling the disciples to launch out, to go out to the deep and let down their nets for a catch. The disciples had been fishing all night and didn’t catch anything. In spite of their fatigue, they responded to Jesus saying, because you say so, I will let down the nets. When they responded to Jesus, they caught a boat load of fish and had to signal the other fishermen to come and help. The disciples were astonished and Jesus told them, “Don’t be afraid, from now on you will catch men.”

Jesus used this experience to let us all know we are created to catch men, to bring people into the Kingdom of God. There is no greater cause known to mankind.

In my perspective, this is the how to obtain and sustain the Launch Mentality.

1. Keep the vision fresh of why we lead. Vs.4 “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
Everything we do is because God has called us to reach people, to be fishers of men, to bring people into the knowledge of God’s Love and Grace. Shoreline’s vision is to Unveil God’s Love. God’s love is appealing and irresistible.
Why you do what you do?

2. Depend on the power of the Holy Spirit to lead. In our own strength, we are limited and will get exhausted. Vs.5 “We have toiled all night and caught nothing.” The word toil means to feel fatigued, to labor, to torture or be tormented. Stay filled up with the power of God or you will be fatigued. Serve out of the overflow in your life.
How do you recognize when you are toiling?

3. Duplicate yourself. Pour into others so they in turn can do the same.
Vs.7 “they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats. God wants to fill the boats of those around us too; we can only do so much on our own. Share the blessing, double the joy.
Sometimes we duplicate ourselves when we are overwhelmed. Their boat was full, THEN they called the others to help. Let’s duplicate ourselves before we are overwhelmed.
How do you duplicate yourself?

4. Be faithful in the little things, when people are watching or not. Faithful with the phone calls, emails, texts. Be Faithful to spend time with God even if you don’t feel like it. Stay Faithful if you are expecting ten people to your small group and only three show up. Start out faithful and finish strong, in the big and small. God not only wants us to be faithful, but also fruitful. Faithfulness can produce fruitfulness.
Vs.10 “from now on, you will catch fish”
How do you stay faithful in the little?

If you are a follower of Christ, you are a leader. God will give you all you need to lead. Rely on His strength and get as many people involved in the process, it’s for their good and the good of the people in their world.

Pastor Sam Mata


2 Responses

  1. WAY to go P Sam! Perfectly articulated on how we can better reach out to and love people! Have a launch mentality!!

  2. Great job! If we don’t have a launch mentality, it won’t be fun 🙂 Love yas!

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