Bringing Others to Jesus
Maybe you feel like you're not an evangelist? Or that evangelism is scary? Using the example of the disciple Andrew, Pastor Oliver shares with us why evangelism is really for every Christian.
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, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
John 1:40-42 (ESV)
We read in John’s Gospel; one of the first two disciples to follow Jesus Christ was Andrew. Andrew heard John the Baptist’ testimony of Jesus, and he followed Jesus. Almost immediately, he found and brought his own brother Simon Peter to Jesus. This was not the only incident of Andrew bringing others to Jesus. We read again in John 12:20-22 of Andrew bringing some Greeks to see Jesus.
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.
John 12:20-22 (ESV)
Andrew was one of the first among the disciples to meet Jesus. Yet he was not in the disciples’ inner circle of Peter, James and John. Andrew was also not seen often in the Gospels accounts. Yet when we do meet Andrew, he was always bringing others to Jesus. He was also the disciple who brought the boy with five loaves and two fish to Jesus (John 6:8-9). Andrew did not keep his joy in finding the promised Saviour to himself. His joy and enthusiasm in Jesus overflowed into his relationships. He wanted others to know Jesus, and he brought them to meet Jesus.
My friends, you do not need a seminary degree or professional training to bring people to Jesus. Anyone who has experienced the joy and hope found in Jesus can tell others about Jesus and bring them to Him. And GBC-ers, let us not stop at only knowing the content of the gospel and keeping it to ourselves. Let us bring people to Jesus. Let us bring people to church. Let us bring people to events where they can hear the gospel. You can bring your friends to the Tuesday Enquiry Group (Contact Bibianna) or the coming Seeker’s Class starting on 14 Apr (Contact Kangwei).
You can prayerfully consider joining other Singaporean Christians and bring people to the Celebration of Hope (COH) event on 17-19 May. The Celebration of Hope is one opportunity for you to bring your friends. We will be joining other Singaporean Christians for this national event. The desire is for personal evangelism on a mass scale, culminating in gospel rallies at the National Stadium on 17-19 May 2019. So do prayerfully consider inviting your non-Christian friends. Extra invitation postcards are available from the ushers, the church office, or from Pastor Ollie.
We invite you to continue to pray for your friends you have invited or intend to invite. We shall be gathering on Sunday 5 May 2019 from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon to pray for our non-Christian friends we are asking and for the event. All are invited to join us for this time of prayer.
Let us follow in the example of Andrew and bring people to Jesus! At the very least, let us be praying for our non-Christian friends and family around us!
Please pray for the Marriage Retreat on Wed 1 May. Pray for fruit from the event as the engaged, and married couples meet for the day.
We shall be taking a break from our series in Paul’s Letter to the Romans and preparing ourselves for Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Pray for our hearts to be ready to hear from Luke 19:28-44 this Sunday.
Pray for our Good Friday evening service (Fri 19 Apr 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm) and Resurrection Sunday service (Sun 21 Apr 9.00 am – 10.30 am). Pray for the church as we come together to reflect on the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that we would be encouraged by this wonderful good news. Pray that we would be challenged to live godly lives that reflect this awesome good news. Pray that we will tell others about this good news and the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.