Best Practice #2 "Come and See Evangelism"

Today’s post highlights the second of ten best practices of “Come and See Evangelism” found in the Gospel of John, chapter 1.

Best Practice #2—Follow Jesus and Learn Directly From Him

“The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, ‘What are you seeking?’ And they said, ‘Rabbi’ (which means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’  He said to them, ‘Come and you will see.’ So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.” John 1:37-39

Andrew and the others who first encountered Jesus began following him and learning directly from him . Their up-close-and-personal relationships with Jesus overflowed into a constant stream of sharing their faith and experiences with others.

Today we receive direct-from-Jesus training and direct-with-Jesus fellowship through the Word of God, through prayer, and through his ever-presence with us. And if we open our eyes, we also get to watch Jesus at work in the lives of others, and in their time of need, as well as in ours.

The written Word of God is primary and the touchstone for determining what is true. Applying God’s Word, we must learn to recognize Jesus’ presence whenever, wherever, and however He reveals Himself. This requires intention and constant awareness. And it means taking to heart what we learn directly from Jesus, not for the sake of knowledge alone, but to govern the way we think, live, and interpret the world.

The evangelism best practice of following Jesus and learning directly from him turns our present-day invitations to “Come and See” into genuine, real-life opportunities for others to enter with us into a life of faith in Jesus.

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Randal Gilmore