Pastor Rusty Brian
- Jesus begins to gather the disciples, “Follow me.”
- Here, Phillip is called, who then calls Nathan, proclaiming the one they’ve been waiting for, Jesus from Nazareth.
- Nathan: follow someone from Nazareth? Does anything good come out of Nazareth?
- Come follow me? Could that work today? Not likely. People are instead invited by way of “Come and See.” Evangelism has chained. Assumption is most people are skeptical of the church.
- People come to know Jesus by belonging to a church first, then believing.
- The Nazarene church started as a rescue church. The inclusion of Nazarene in the name of this church was chosen to reflect that all, anybody, is welcomed, that there is hope for everyone.
- Nathan was skeptical of Jesus, but when he met Jesus and he stated he knew Nathan, Nathan became a follower. (I saw you before Phillip called you – in all the you are).
- What are lessons here for evangelism? People don’t want a propositional evangelism. Instead invite them to come and see, experience Jesus himself.
- Evangelism takes time.
- We are created by God with purpose and meaning. We are all seeking truth, looking for answers. Jesus provides all these. Jesus sees us, knows us, and loves us.
- Evangelism: we have to trust God is at work when we evangelize.
- It’s hard, partly because it is work and patience and trust, when we want easy answers.
- Following Jesus means to share about Jesus. Tell others about Jesus.
- Jesus was a Nazarene? Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Can anything good come out of anywhere that is perceived as bad? Yes!
- It’s not enough that we see Jesus. Today we are reminded that Jesus sees us. AND we want to be seen and heard. He sees us, no matter where we are from, what we’ve done, and despite our attitudes.