Focal passage: John 1:35-42; 12:20-26
I took the students from our church to a missions camp this summer. I wanted the young people to get out of their comfort zone and share the gospel with people.
In my desire to challenge the students, I overlooked an important point.
As we went out the first day, it was me who would share first.
When I walked up to the first person, I was nervous. I had to ask myself, “Why am I scared to share the greatest story ever told?”
The only thing running through my mind was the outcome.
If they don’t respond positively to the gospel, have I failed? Did I not present the gospel correctly?
I don’t think I am alone when it comes to these thoughts.
Many of us know we should share the gospel, yet we decline to out of fear of failure. This study on Andrew should encourage us greatly.
In the first chapter of John, we meet a guy named Andrew who comes to know Christ as Messiah.
In return, Andrew runs to find others to come and meet Jesus.
Andrew’s immediate and urgent response indicates something: the greatest thing we can do for family and friends is bring them to Jesus.
We should be bold and eager to share the greatest message of all, not shrinking back.
We find Andrew again in John 12.
Jesus and His disciples are at a festival, and they meet some Greeks who want to see Jesus. So, what does Andrew do? He finds Jesus.
Like Andrew, we should invite those seeking answers to encounter Jesus.
There are lots of people looking for answers in the world.
We should invite them to know our Savior.