Delivering the Gospel


Delivering the Gospel

John 1:40-51

Delivering the Gospel should never be waiting around but that of actively seeking occasion





Introduction

As the two disciples of John encounter Jesus they are both compelled to seek out individuals in order to tell of Jesus. Although differing styles were used the overall theme was the same “Jesus is here.”


1. Hunt your audience


Explanation



Andrew sought out his brother in order to share the news of Jesus. Knowing that Peter was not one who studied the scriptures but knew the promise of the One to come. Andrew preached Jesus the Messiah

He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). John 1:41

Phillip sought out his friend Nathaniel. Nathaniel was a learned man and understood many of the scriptures. With this Phillip’s mode of delivery was to inform that Jesus was the One to fulfill all the promises of the Old testament.

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jes


us of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” John 1:45

These were not accidental meetings. These men were hunted and given the Gospel


Application

Sharing with family and friends should be the first thing we do. If we can’t share with them there is no way we could possibly share with one who is a complete stranger.

The truth, that not every one we share the gospel with will be someone we know, should never stop us from our job.

We pray for God to give us opportunity but we should be hunting them. The news we have is the greatest thing in the world and its not ours to monopolize.



2. Never be ashamed


Explanation

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17

Both Andrew and Phillip did not hesitate when it came to sharing with Peter and Nathaniel. The instant that they knew who Jesus was it was a race to tell someone.

A great way to be unashamed is


to be well versed and prepared for the opportunity.

Not giving way to the chance of stage fright in the excuse that you don’t know what to say.


Application

Study the Word with everything that you have.

God’s voice is found within the Word.

They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” John 8:19

Do we truly want to know God and have the ability to share Him? Then we must know Jesus for He is the way.



3. Jesus is the Key


Explanation

In both instances the words of the ones sharing the gospel were not enough. A visit from Jesus Himself was required for full subm



ission.

He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). John 1:42

Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” John 1:46-47

It wasn’t until the presents of God was fully shown that these men realized who was in front of them.



But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Luke 5:8

Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” John 1:49


Illustration

Illustrate your point.



Application


Conclusion

The world is full of lost souls and we have been given the task of spreading the gospel like a net.

We are to show no hesitation but to be bold much like Andrew and Philip



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