07-15-2018

07-15-2018
Dr. E. Dale Locke and Ryan Beavers
Series:  Bless this Mess
Week 6 – Andrew
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  1. Since it’s All-In Weekend when we seek to honor our Kids of Hope and Via Son volunteers, tell your group about someone from your childhood church experience who was a blessing to you on your faith journey – a Sunday school teacher, a VBS leader, a youth group volunteer, or someone else who helped you spiritually.

 

  1. Practice our memory verse for this series together as a group.

Be very careful, then, how you live– not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  Ephesians 5:15-16

 

  1. Some of the faith heroes in the Bible are “Hall of Fame” faith heroes – meaning they’re the famous people everyone has heard of, like Moses, Paul and Peter. But there are many others who are faith heroes, but they’re less well known.  Name some people at Community of Hope today who are faith heroes, even though they aren’t often in the limelight.

 

  1. Andrew is one of the lesser known faith heroes in Scripture. He’s only mentioned a handful of times.  Three times when he is mentioned, he is bringing someone else to Jesus, so Pastor Dale calls him “spiritual connector”.  In John 12:20-21, Andrew brings some Greeks to Jesus.  In John 6:8, Andrew brings the little boy with his lunch to Jesus, and Jesus feeds the crowd of 5,000.  Read John 1:35-42 to see one more time when Andrew brought someone to Jesus:

 

John 1:35-42
   The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

   37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

   They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

   39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”  So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

   40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

   Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

 

What thoughts or questions come to your mind as you read this passage?

 

  1. Describe what Pastor Dale meant when he called Andrew a “spiritual connector”. How might history have been different, if Andrew hadn’t brought Peter to meet Jesus?

 

  1. In Billy Graham’s book, Just As I Am, he tells the story of his own conversion to faith in Jesus Christ at a tent meeting. At that time, Billy did not yet have a living relationship with Jesus Christ.  As Billy and his friend arrived at the tent meeting where he ultimately gave his life to Christ, it looked like there were no seats, so they were about to leave.  But an usher noticed them and helped them find a seat.  We don’t know the name of that usher who went the extra mile to help Billy find a seat, but imagine how our world might have been different if that usher hadn’t done that. Take time in the next few weeks to thank someone serving in one of the more hidden roles in our church.

 

Andrew’s Life Reminds Us:

 

  • The Importance of Being Open to God

 

  1. What are some things we can do to keep our minds and hearts open to being used by God to be used for His purposes, even in everyday situations?

 

  1. When we lookout for opportunities to help people realize how much God loves them, God will use us. Share about a time when you had that opportunity.

 

  1. Read Acts 17:11-12:
    Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

 

What was unique about the people in Berea, and what did this show about them?

 

  • To See What People are Really Looking For

 

  1. Read 1 Peter 3:15:
    But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect….

 

If someone asked you today to give a reason for the hope that you have in Christ, what would you say?

 

  1. Since we’re so bombarded in our world with bad news, Suzi Becker, in her book The All Better Book, asked children to share some “good news.” Take time in your group to share some good news with each other.

 

  • To Be an Willing Participant in What God is Already Doing

 

  1. Look around you and consider some ways God is already moving in the world. Pray together as a group about how each of you can become participants in God’s work in the world.

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