We are a global network of Christian givers, business owners, and Christ-followers that desire to work together to evangelize, disciple, and multiply God’s Kingdom.
Our vision is for all of our members to proactively seek out other Christ-followers to enlarge the network so that we can adequately provide for global mission needs.
Network153.net is a DBA of the 501(c)3 Christ Centered Homes, Inc. which is headquartered in Atlanta, Texas U.S. Other DBA’s of Christ Centered Homes includes: Christ Centered Missions, Christ Centered Prayer, Christ Centered ChampionsTM, All Nations Bible Seminary, Champions Christian Academy, and the Conservative Bible Association.
Our name is taken from the following Scriptures:
After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way. Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.
But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish.
So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. John 21:1-11
Network153.net is based on the miracles that Jesus performed for his disciples as documented in John 21. Some of the disciples were commercial fishermen that used nets for catching large numbers of fish. These professional fishermen fished all night without a catch. Jesus instructed them to cast their net on the right side of the boat and they hauled in 153 large fish. The miracles documented were:
1. Jesus produced a catch when before there had been none.
2. Although a commercial fisherman’s net would normally be full of varied sizes of fish, this catch of 153 only had large size fish.
3. Their commercial net which normally would have torn with this tremendous haul, held together.
The work of the net, or net work, landed 153 large fish and provided these “fishers of men” with food for themselves, their families, and commercial sales to provide for their mission activities. Likewise, members of Network153.net desire to provide financial and other resources to meet the missionary’s personal, family, and ministry budget needs. Our desire is to match Jesus’ miracles with the same thematic results of the miracles:
1. We want to provide where there was previously no provision.
2. We want to provide large and adequate size budgets.
3. We want to provide a tight knit network that will be strong and not break.
Significance of 153
The number 153 is significant because of what it symbolizes. It has spiritual significance as a stand-alone number and when the three numbers are added up.
153 as a stand-alone:
>The number 1 is only divisible by itself. It symbolizes in the Bible the unity, primacy, and oneness of the Godhead. There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all.
>The number 5 represents God’s grace as He reached out for mankind. It is seen throughout the structure of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The pillars were five cubits apart and five cubits high. The brazen altar was five cubits by five cubits. There were five pillars at the end of the Holy Place. The sides of the tabernacle were reinforced by five bars on each side. The inner covering of the tabernacle was composed of five curtains which were attached to five other curtains. There were five original priests, which were Aaron and his four sons. The Holy anointing oil used in the tabernacle was comprised of 5 parts, and the proportion of spices used in making the oil were multiples of 5.
>There are 5 primary types of offerings God commanded Israel to bring to him. They are the Burnt, Sin, Trespass, Grain, and Peace Offerings.
>The Book of Psalms is divided into 5 major sections. There are 5 books of God’s Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy). The 4 Gospels plus Acts equals 5 books which, as a set, reveal Jesus’ history and the history of His church. The apostle John wrote 5 books centered on the grace of God and eternal life (the gospel of John, 1John, 2John, 3John, and Revelation).
>Jesus multiplied five loaves of barley to feed 5,000 (Matthew 14:17).
>The number 3 is used 467 times in the Bible to picture completeness or divine fullness.
>The Godhead consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
>Jonah was in the belly of the big fish 3 days, Jesus was in the grave 3 days, there are 27 books in the New Testament, which is 3 x 3 x 3, or completeness to the 3rd power, Jesus prayed 3 times in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest, He was placed on the cross at the 3rd hour of the day (9 a.m.) and died at the 9th hour (3 p.m.), there were 3 hours of darkness that covered the land while Jesus was suffering on the cross from the 6th hour to the 9th hour, and Christ was in the grave for 3 full days and 3 full nights.
153 added up:
>9 is the number of judgment and finality and is used to define the perfect movement of God.
>The destruction of Jerusalem’s temple began, on the Hebrew Calendar, on Ab 9. It was also on this day that the second (also known as Herod’s) temple was burned to the ground by the Romans in 70 A.D
>Jesus was nailed to the cross at 9a and gave up His spirit at the 9th hour of the day.
>A cycle of finality is indicated in the 9 generations from Adam to Noah, then the flood was the final judgment.
>There are 9 fruits of the spirit.
>The Bible has 9 records of stoning, 9 records of blindness, and 9 records of leprosy.