come and see

 

 

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.”

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HOMILY –COME AND SEE

ASSIGNMENT –

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

MOVIE CRITIC

FOOD CRITIC

BOOK CRITIC

TRAVEL CRITIC

Subjective view/ own filters / experiences/ prejudices

LIMITED BY WORDS –

          How we understand words

          How words are triggers of past

          Geographical

North – Sugar is granulated or powdered

South – a kiss

North: Hey, “you guys!”

South: Hi “ya’ll!”

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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.

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COME AND SEE

          Evangelism Definition

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.”

TEACHING-     

Sharing information and experience                                           
Methods – lecture

          Practicum

          Tell us

          Show u s

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Show me and I can do it

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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 –

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Question –

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?

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SEEING IS BELIEVING

if you see something yourself, you will believe it    to exist or be truedespite the fact that it is unlikely:

I never thought he’d shave off his beard,                                               but seeing is believing!

I would not have believed it,        

                                                            had I not seen it myself.

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Now,

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  –

          Jesus

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 

AND

DECIDE for ourselves —