Mighty Men Of God[7]: Andrew True Missionary


Read: He [Andrew] first *found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). John 1:41

Examine: In the Bible, Andrew was a disciple of Jesus Christ, a fisherman by trade, and the brother of Simon Peter. He, along with his brother Peter, grew up in the town of Capernaum nearby (Mark 1:29). Both men were close friends with fellow fishermen and disciples, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, and possibly Philip and Nathanael as well.

Andrew Followed Immediately: Scripture introduces Andrew, this way “Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus”. John 1:35-37 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus John 1:41.

Andrew Found Peter: Andrew, whose name in Greek means “manly,” was born in a place called Bethsaida on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee (John 1:44). After hearing John talking of Jesus, Andrew and another disciple followed Jesus and stayed with Jesus that night. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). John 1:41. He brought Peter to Jesus

Andrew Found Young Boy: In the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand (John 6:1-14), Andrew is also mentioned by name in a similar way. Andrew, however, stepped forward with an offering: “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are these for so many people?” (John 6:9)

Andrew Bringing People to Christ: John 12:20-22 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

Andrew is mentioned by name 12 times in the New Testament, most often in the Gospel of Mark (1:16, 1:29, 3:18, and 13:3) and the Gospel of John (1:40, 1:44, 6:8, and 12:22).

Application: Andrew the first disciple, had an immediate obedience to following Jesus and stayed with Jesus—an example to follow. Very first thing to bring Peter to Christ and bring the boy with five loaves, two fishes, a group of inquisitive Greeks sought an audience with Jesus (John 12:20-26). Unsure of what to do, Philip told Andrew, who swiftly told Jesus. All this shows Andrew could point people to Jesus

Decision: Oh Lord, make an Andrew who points and brings people to Jesus always.

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