Andy Brings a Crowd

A crowd of gentiles wanted to approach Jesus but were not sure if they could since they were not Jewish. Cultural and social barriers still get in the way of the message of the Gospel today. Join us for part four of Go Fish! and see how Andrew responded to the crowds’ request to see Jesus. 

The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose, I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

John 12:17-32 (ESV)

Principles (KNOW THEM):

  • Get people to Jesus and trust Him to do the rest.

Practices (DO THEM):

  • Invite someone who needs to see Jesus to church next Sunday.

Daily Readings:

Monday: John 11
Tuesday: John 12
Wednesday: John 13-14
Thursday: Matthew 28
Friday: Acts 1-2
Saturday: Acts 3-4
Sunday: Ephesians 2

Suggested Resources:

Books:

Reunion, Bruxy Cavey
Just Walk Across the Room, Bill Hybels
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
Share Jesus without Fear, William Fay
Workplace Grace, Bill Peel

Sermon series on ssbc.org:

30 Words (2018)
Beautiful Feet (2014)