John 1:43-51 (NIV)
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe[a] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you,[b] you[c] will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’[d] the Son of Man.”
HOMILY –COME AND SEE
Write down three short sentences to describe your looks to a blind person… when finished, please fold them and pass them to the front row.
Do not put your name on them – or make a statement that identifies who you are
Subjective view/ own filters / experiences/ prejudices
LIMITED BY WORDS –
How we understand words
How words are triggers of past
North – Sugar is granulated or powdered
South – a kiss
North: Hey, “you guys!”
South: Hi “ya’ll!”
PICTURE IS WORTH 1000 WORDS
A picture is worth a thousand words” is an English language adage. It refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single picture, this picture conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does.
COME AND SEE
the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.
Zealous advocacy of a cause
Preaching – Sharing the Good News
Euangelion – Greek for Good News
Writers of Gospels –
Evangelists – giver of Good news
When did SHARING Good News evolve into
ARGUING Good News –
Debating – to convince –
Matthew – Great Commission
Go into the world
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
information and experience
Methods – lecture
Show u s
Show me and I can do it
Jesus was a teacher – and as he was recruiting his Disciples, he used these teaching methods to reach these men.
- He shared good news
- He invited them to experience
Jesus understood that words were not adequate to describe the experience of being in the presence of a living God, a creator God who knows us without qualification, and a saving God who loves us just as we are.
He knew they and we have to come and see for ourselves –
Who here has ever won a political opinion argument and changed their opponents position on the candidate or issue?
Who has ever had someone talk them into changing their opinion or position on an issue?
SEEING IS BELIEVING
I would not have believed it,
had I not seen it myself.
COME AND SEE –
The three most effective words of Evangelism –
Literally and Metaphorically
Come and see and experience God for yourself….
Come and have all the filters and baggage lifted so you can receive the experience unaltered.
COME and SEE –
invited –offered – encouraged the Disciples to see for themselves
Jesus did not force anyone to follow him
We are all invited to come and see
DECIDE for ourselves —