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					35Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples,
36and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the
Lamb of God!”
37The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them,
“What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated
means Teacher), where are You staying?”
39He 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.
40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
41He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have
found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ).
42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are
Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is
translated Peter).
I. John’s continued witness
    A. John’s witness
       1. Public
       2. Personal
    B. Disciple’s reaction
      1. Heard
      2. Followed
What frees an enslaved heart? Only one thing: the truth of God’s
Word working with the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said, “You will know
the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The truth
comes, and the Spirit enlivens the heart toward the truth. He
electrifies what’s dead. He gives the heart “eyes” to see it (Eph
1:18), as well as the ability to recognize its significance, to value it
properly, and to love it. The person is now free, because his heart
is now properly conformed to God’s truth.

Here’s how the story goes: It begins with a sham king sitting upon
a sham throne, convinced that all glory and rule are his. That’s all
of us in our fallen nature. Then an ambassador for the real king
enters the cardboard throne room and speaks a simple
word: “The real king is coming. He’s willing to forgive.
Surrender.” This is the all-important moment. This is
where the battle is won or lost. Truth is staring untruth
in the face, and everyone watching wants to know, Will
the sham king listen or won’t he?
II. Jesus’ challenge to follow
     A. What do you seek?
     B. Come and see
      1. Come
      2. See
III. Andrew’s persuasion
     A. Andrew’s oikos
John 6:8–9
8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s
brother, said to Him,
9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and
two fish, but what are these for so many people?”
John 12:20–22
20Now there were some Greeks among those who
were going up to worship at the feast;
21these then came to Philip, who was from
Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying,
“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
22Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip
came and told Jesus.
Even before the Lord Jesus told His disciples that He would
make them fishers of men, Andrew witnessed to his brother
and landed the big fisherman, Simon Peter. Many who think
that they can be used in far fields have never begun where
the Lord Jesus meant them to begin – right at home.

Household salvation is a very precious truth, and while there
are definite promises which give positive assurance only of
the salvation of our children, other statements give us large
hope that the gospel will penetrate throughout our
households.
If you are sitting in a waiting room somewhere with a
packet of tracts in your pocket and a person sits down
next to you whom you do not know, you can witness to
him and it will hardly cost you anything. That is not
difficult. But if you are going to witness effectively to your
brother, there must be a change in your life.

Unlike the man on the seat next to you, your brother
knows you. He knows whether the thing you are
professing has affected you personally. He knows
whether you take your turn drying dishes at home or
whether you try to wiggle out of the responsibility. He
knows whether you put thought into caring for other
members of the family. He knows whether or not you are
touchy and anxious above all to defend your own
interests. In short, he knows whether the faith you
profess is real or ineffectual. He knows whether Christ
occupies the highest point in your life or whether you do.
III. Andrew’s persuasion
     A. Andrew’s oikos
     B. Andrew’s action
      1. Finds
      2. Proclaims
God’s Spirit joins God’s preached word – a word
preached through a man –to give spiritual life
where there is spiritual death. ......God’s Word
does not merely impart information; it creates
life. It’s not only descriptive; it’s effective. It
produces worship, obedience, communion, and
disciples.
III. Andrew’s persuasion
     A. Andrew’s oikos
     B. Andrew’s action
      1. Finds
      2. Proclaims
      3. Brings
               Response
Are you a “hearer” and a “follower”? If
not, are you willing to “come” and
“see”?
Are you making a “serious” effort to
reach your oikos?
I Will Follow – Chris Tomlin
Where you go, I'll go                    Light unto the world
Where you stay, I'll stay                Light unto my life
When you move, I'll move                 I will live for you alone
I will follow...                         You're the one I seek
                                         Knowing I will find
All your ways are good                   All I need in you alone, in you alone
All your ways are sure
I will trust in you alone                In you there's life everlasting
Higher than my side                      In you there's freedom for my soul
High above my life                       In you there joy, unending joy
I will trust in you alone                and I will follow

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow you

Who you love, I'll love
How you serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you

				
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