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Title: Relational Strangers


Text: "35Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 40One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone." (John 1:35-42)

INTRODUCTION:


  • Andrew is only mentioned 12 times in the Bible.
  • We don’t have any account of Andrew preaching a dynamic sermon, doing any great miracles, or writing any books we read today.
  • But without Andrews ministry of “brining” there would have never been Peter’s ministry of “preaching.”

1. His Priority – “he first”


  • John and Andrew met Jesus at 4 PM.
  • After spending the rest of the day (and night) with Jesus, Andrew went immediately the next day to find Peter.


       

2. His Target - “his own brother”


  • Andrew has always been identified as “Simon Peter’s brother.”
  • Though Andrew would not have known it at that time, his actions would ignite Peter’s journey of faith in order to impact the ministry that Peter would have later in life – a ministry that would impact thousands of people for eternity.

3. His Declaration – “we have found the Messiah”


  • There probably would have been many who thought Andrew’s claim about the Messiah was insane.
  • How could a poor, lowly fisherman from Galilee suddenly discover the long anticipated Christ?
  • But Andrew’s brother listened to him and went with him to see the Messiah.

4. His Motivation – “brought him to Jesus”  


  • This would be a pattern in Andrew’s life.
  • John 6:8-9: he brought a young boy to Jesus in the middle of a large crowd.
  • John 12:20-22: he and Philip brought a group of Greeks to the Lord
  • Eusebius (4thcentury historian): he carried the message of Christ to the barbaric tribes of Scythia (modern day southern Russia). 
  • Foxes Book of Martyrs: “he preached the gospel to many Asiatic nations.”


CONCLUSION:


  • Here is what we see with Andrew’s ministry of being a Relational Stranger