Pastor Troy VanHorn
HEAD: What did I learn?
(How did my understanding of God change, what thought, fact, or insight did I discover?)
HEART: What did I feel?
(Does it match up with what God has said about me in His Word? Does it move me closer to Him or separate us?)
HANDS: What will I do about it?
(Is there a sin to repent of and confess, is there an attitude to change, a behavior to stop or start?)
Describe a time when you met someone famous. Were you nervous? Did you speak to them? What happened?
Jesus noticed the disciples following him. He asked ‘What are you seeking?’ Most people in churches will say they follow Jesus. What do you think they seeking? What are you seeking?
Jesus was most likely known in the community when he called the disciples. They had probably interacted with him or seen him. Where are you seen and known in the community? What does your community involvement have to do with intentionally making disciples? Think of your F.R.A.N. (friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors.) What are they seeking? Have you asked them? How could you be more intentional in listening?
How could God use your specifically personal skills and abilities to reach your community? What ways can you make yourself available to a world that needs to meet Jesus? Like Andrew, who will you tell to “Come and see!”
The disciples all had things they were doing already. Some were studying with John the Baptist. Some were resting from other work. They were working and in community. Yet, they dropped everything to follow Jesus. They were interested in him and they chose to go farther with him. What gets in the way of you following Jesus? Where are you most likely to say, “Not now,” or “I am busy” to the relationship God wants with you? It may be less about your activities and more about what you are giving the best of your attention.
John uses the phrase “Lamb of God” several times in his Gospel. This is a specific title used to remind the Jewish people of the Passover.
John explains the Aramaic/Hebrew terms to the Greek reader. Rabbi means teacher. Andrew and, probably, John were seeking to have Jesus as their teacher. If John the Baptist thought so much of him, they would begin following the greater teacher…if he would have them!
Jesus tells Simon that his name ‘shall be’ Peter. Jesus used the future tense. Perhaps Peter had not become the “Rock” just yet!
When Nathanael cynically asks ‘can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ John records Jesus saying of Nathanael to be one ‘in whom there is no guile.’ This is paralleling Jacob the trickster of the Old Testament. Nathanael responds by calling Jesus “Rabbi-you are the Son of God, the King of Israel.” This phrase makes it immediately clear to a Jewish reader what John is getting at! Check out Genesis 28 and the story of Jacob’s ladder.