[Andrew] brought [Simon] to Jesus… John 1:42 ESV
Andrew… said to [Jesus] there is a boy here who has barley loaves and two fish… John 6:8,9 ESV
Some Greeks… asked Philip… ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. John 12:20-22 ESV
We only read of Andrew a few times in the Gospels. But, when we do read of him he is always bringing someone to Jesus. First we read of Andrew bringing his family to Jesus… specifically his brother Simon whom the Lord would latter call Peter.
Next, he brings to Jesus a young fellow who was willing to give all that he had – a few barley loaves of bread and two fish.
Lastly, he brought foreigners to Christ. When some Greeks asked Philip to see Jesus, Philip went and consulted with Andrew! Certainly Andrew would know what to do!
Andrew was never in the limelight. He was content to work quietly in the background as an evangelist. In the same way, you do not need to be in the spotlight to do great things for Jesus Christ.
Who will you bring to Jesus today?
Editorial note: Originally published January 28, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. Genesis 11:5 ESV
The people desired to make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:4) so they devised an audacious plan on the grandest scale. “Come,” they said, “let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens.”
And, so, they began their great project constructing a tower that would be so large, and so tall it would reach into the heavens. Impressive. Yet, in one of the more humorous Bible verses we are told the Lord “came down to see the city and the tower!” LOL. From God’s viewpoint their tower wasn’t so impressive.
Their building project was so puny! It was so infinitesimally small God implies He couldn’t even see it from Heaven! God ‘had to’ come down to ‘see it.’
What about you? Are you working on ‘great’ projects attempting to make a name for yourself? Or, are you busy making His name known?
Lord, today, would you help me to glorify your name? And help me to make your name known and glorified on the Earth? Amen.
Editorial note: Originally published January 11, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com
Commenting on Ezekiel 3:4-11 ~
Strange languages are more easily mastered than the spiritual hindrance of unbelieving hearts.
Feinberg, Charles Lee. The Prophecy of Ezekiel: The Glory of the Lord. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2003. 27. Print.
Commenting on Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of the Lord in Ezekiel 1:4-28:
When the average reader of the Scripture comes to a passage such as Ezekiel 1, he sometimes may conceive that the matters under consideration are far removed from his life and service. But the opposite is true. Just as Ezekiel was a faithful messenger for God, warning of judgement for the unbelieving, and assuring of blessing for the believing, so we today have the unparalleled privilege to call men to the truth in Christ the Lord. If we have ever had a view of the holiness and majesty of our God, how can we fail to herald His message of urgency to the lost! If we are faithful, He has promised to call forth a remnant from all peoples. May God grant this fulfillment to be realized in our lives.
Feinberg, Charles Lee. The Prophecy of Ezekiel: The Glory of the Lord. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2003. 21. Print.
Commenting on 1 Timothy 2:4-7 ~~
Although it is not directly Paul’s point in this paragraph, these words function as one of the more significant missions/evangelism passages in the NT. The same reason that Paul was appointed a herald of the good news for the Gentiles is why the church must always be involved in missions. It is inherent in the very character of God, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth, and in the redemptive work of Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. It is therefore incumbent on God’s people to proclaim that good news.
Fee, Gordon D., 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Understanding the Bible Commentary Series, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), p. 67.
Commenting on Jeremiah 13:1-11 ~~
“Surely it is this which gives power and effect to the evangelist. His heart is touched with the love of God to sinners; his conception of it may be small, but it is real!”
Stoney, James B. Discipline in the School of God: Its Nature and Effect. Chessington, Surrey, England: Bible and Gospel Trust, Reprinted 2010. page 256. Print. J.B.S. New Series Vol 13.
In this video Penn, of Penn & Teller fame, retells the story of someone giving him a Bible. Penn also shares his thoughts about the experience. Very, very interesting.
Penn is clear that he is an atheist, however he is very complimentary of the gift and the one who gave it to him. He concludes by challenging all Bible believing Christians to be intellectually honest— if we really believe there is a hell and those who die in their sins will suffer for eternity then it is pure hatred NOT to share the gospel message with all urgency.
During the 27th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles….
- Brother Mike Stoudt launched a new series of posts regarding spiritual gifts. Link: NT Tuesday: Spiritual Gifts – Introduction
- I posted an interesting and hopefully inspiring video titled Reaching The Digital Mission Field. The video is the testimony of a suicidal man– how the Lord used the internet to save a man at a very critical moment in his life.
- Brother Keith Keyser in his latest installment, Entry Level Theological Truth , continued his series posts on the early chapters of Genesis.
Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #27 on Digital Sojourner! What was your favorite post?
Earlier this week I put a new website online: GoodNewsPennsylvania.com as an evangeistic tool. The website… consisting of only one webpage… is intentionally simple and features an 11 minute video version of J B Nicholson’s The Uniqueness of Christianity.
Why GoodNewsPennsylvania? Why limit the site to only Pennsylvania? Well, actually anyone can access the site from anywhere so it’s not limited in that sense. God’s Good News is for everyone, not just Pennsylvanians, so it’s not limited in that sense either.
However, the vision is to add additional content and functionality to the site so that it could be used as an aid for Gospel outreaches in Pennsylvania.
Your prayers for this endeavor are greatly appreciated. Please pray that He would see fit to bless the site and allow it share the Good News of God’s Gospel with those who so desperately need to hear it. Also pray for the Lord’s leading regarding additional content and functionality.
Please check it out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 KJV
When you see some preachers preach you would be quite surprised if they told you that they were feeling nervous or inadequate. The modern mindset is to be seen to be confident and capable.
Biblical preaching is quite different!
Paul bares his soul and admits in this section that when he arrived in Corinth that he was feeling weak, he was trembling and fearful. Maybe the closeted atmosphere in which most preaching takes place these days has robbed us of the reality that we are preaching to lost souls who are on the payroll of the enemy. The enemy is real and powerful, the audience can be antagonistic and our own capabilities will not be of any help to us.
The key to understanding the point of 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 is to appreciate the power that lies in the hand of God which will be unleashed through the preaching of His message.
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