This sermon was based on John 13:1-17.
John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
- Often all that it takes for someone to try something new is an invitation. We do it all the time – it’s normal. We invite to a Film, coffee, walk why not “Carol service”?
- it is also easy for the person being asked – they can say yes or say no.
- I have known people get a bit snotty about inviting people to things, like it’s the easy way out. Easy is good! No prize for making it difficult.
It’s Side By Side
- Often when we think of reaching people for Jesus we think of things which are face to face, almost confrontational.
- Side by Side is very different – you are doing something with a person – its less threatening.
It Connects into Community
- Newbigin – “The Christian community is the hermeneutic of the gospel.” It’s more than just ‘content’ or ‘experience’.
- Timmis and Chester – “We need to be communities of love. And we need to be seen to be communities of love. People need to encounter the church as a network of relationships rather than a meeting you attend or a place you enter. Mission must involve not only contact between unbelievers and individual Christians, but between unbelievers and the Christian community. We want to build relationships with unbelievers. But we also need to introduce people to the network of relationships that make up that believing community so that they can see Christian community in action.”
- Simon Peter connected into a learning community, discovering who Jesus is. This is exactly what I want to see happening. We are trying to create good spaces. We want to serve the process and make things easy.