Ichthus Fellowship is a small group ecumenical ministry of Christian mariners and fishermen sharing the Word of God and the love of Christ Jesus through scriptures and devotions worldwide on the Internet and by sharing their joy of fishing, boating and sailing with their local communities.
ICHTHUS is the Greek word for FISH. At least four of the apostles were fishermen. Can this be part of the reason that one of the earliest and most prominent Christian symbols was the fish? The Greek word ICHTHUS formed the acrostic: Iesous Christos Theou Uios Soter.
ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys or Ichthus) is a backronym/acrostic for "Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ", (Iēsous Christos, Theou Uios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour".
- Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for "Jesus".
- Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for "anointed".
- Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), Greek for "God's", the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos, Greek for "God".
- Upsilon (y) is the first letter of (h)uios (Υἱός), Greek for "Son".
- Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for "Savior".
The ichthus as a symbol, consist of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish. It was used by early Christians as a secret Christian symbol and now known colloquially as the "sign of the fish" or the "Jesus fish".
“As members of the body of Christ and because of God’s unconditional love, Ichthus Fellowship seeks to nurture all peoples through worship and community, and to walk with others in the journey through the realities of life.”