Andrew was a bringer; he was always bringing people to Christ. Perhaps over shadowed by his out spoken brother Peter, Andrew was always there in the background looking for someone to bring to Jesus. His life teaches us several valuable lessons on bringing people to Christ… lessons that need to learn today.
Andrew Brought His Brother Peter To Jesus – John 1:35-42
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
– Andrew wanted to bring someone to Jesus, because Jesus was worth knowing. So, he first went to those he knew the best, his brother Peter. Who is someone you know that you can bring to Jesus today?
– Andrew had an urgent message, Jesus the Christ had come. The gospel is the greatest news ever, so who are you going to tell it to today?
Andrew Brought A Boy with Food To Jesus – John 6:1-14
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
– Andrew was a doer not a complainer. Instead of complaining nobody is coming to Jesus, what’s one thing you will do to bring someone to Jesus?
– Andrew noticed even the smallest person among the largest crowd. Look around at your circle of friends and acquaintances who needs Jesus. Among them, who have you overlooked as someone who needs Jesus and why?
– Andrew saw people not problems. Identify one barrier that has kept you from seeing people as souls in need of a Savior. What will you do to remove it?
Andrew Brought Greeks To Jesus – John 12:20-22
Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
– Andrew could connect with different types of people. How well do connect with others that are different than you?
– Andrew was willing to help others help others see Jesus. What do you do to demonstrate a willingness to help others see Jesus?
– Andrew was approachable. The Greeks went to Philip, Philip went to Andrew, who knew what to do, take them to Jesus. In what ways will you make yourself more approachable for those who, “wish to see Jesus”?
Ultimately the story of Andrew can be illustrated by the story of bringing the horse to water. You know the saying “You can bring a horse to water but you can’t make him drink… so make him thirsty before he gets to the water!” That’s Andrew… making people thirsty by the way he lived his life. This is one reason Jesus referred to Christians as “salt” in Matthew 5:13. We should wet people’s appetite for Jesus. They should be able to tell that we have been with him. Friend, work like Andrew, by bringing others to Jesus; simply sharing the gospel of Christ.
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