INTRODUCTION

The Ichthus: two sweeps of arcing lines converging and intersecting to form that oh-so-familiar fish symbol, which Christians have used for almost two thousand years. But where did it come from, and why was it used? According to some sources, during times of persecution, when a Christian met a stranger, that Christian would draw half the arc in the dirt and then, if the stranger drew the other half, forming the fish symbol, they would know each other was a believer in Jesus and were safe with each other and could walk together.

Others have associated the symbol with Jesus’ miracles, such as feeding the masses with fish and bread, or walking on water, or referencing that quite a few of His first followers were fishermen, such as Peter. And it calls to mind His famous phrase that He’d call us to be “Fishers of Men.”

The Ichthus has been a powerful symbol for thousands of years, reminding us that Jesus Saves, reminding us that He called us to co-labor with Him as He "fishes for men.” Its simple image calls us to remember how much He has saved us from, and saved us to. Its a symbol that captures the heart of what it means for believers to live in community together — each side drawing half the fish —and that our faith isn’t just for ourselves, but for others. We get to join Him in rescuing others from darkness, fishing them out of unbelief and despair and sin, inviting them into community with the rest of us.

Over the next 92 days, we will look together at the many ways Jesus stepped into the lives of broken people and rescued them. And we will look at the ways His followers followed Him, fishing others out of brokenness and doubt, so that they could walk with God. We will read a series of conversations between modern disciples — followers of Jesus — like you and me, as they converse on what it means to be "fishers of men” today. The next 92 days will be filled with snippets of disciples inspiring each other around the story of Jesus and His early church.

We are saved to bring salvation to others; we are graced to give grace to others. This is what it means to be a follower of Jesus today, just as it meant then — as it’s always meant. We, too, can feed the multiple with the grace we have, and others will find Jesus.