Come and See

He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

John 1:39-46

Biblical evangelism looks nothing like the complex, modern day dog and pony show that so many use to attempt to coerce people into coming to church. There are a few examples of large numbers of conversions occurring at once in the Bible, but by-and-large, a majority of the examples of evangelism we have in scripture are one-on-one meetings between a believer and someone seeking help or understanding.

The content of the message of evangelism is not complex either. Jesus taught His early disciples a simple phrase when they wanted to know something about Him. He said, “come and see.”

Andrew responds to the joy of the Lord in a simple way as well. He went to his brother Peter’s house and just told his personal experience of being with the Lord and then he brought Peter with him back to the Lord!

And even when Nathanael doubts the words of Philip, Philip does not argue using systematic theology, he simply says, “Come and see.” Philip may or may not have known how to respond to Nathanael’s objection but it did not matter. He got Nathanael to come see Jesus for himself.

Evangelism is not a carnival; nor is it a promise of wealth and fame; nor is it a tactic to scare people into following Christ. Neither is the purpose of evangelism to argue doctrinal differences! The purpose is to bring people to church so they can see for themselves what great things the Lord has done for them.

Live your life in the joy of God’s grace, and when someone asks you why you are so happy, just tell them, “come and see.”

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