Best Practice #5 "Come and See Evangelism"
Today’s post highlights the fifth of ten best practices of “Come and See Evangelism” found in the Gospel of John, chapter 1.
Best Practice #5—Identifying With Other Christians
“He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which means Christ).” John 1:41
“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’” John 1:45
Both Andrew and Philip made reference in their witness to others who also had discovered the truth about Jesus: “we have found the Messiah, we have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote.” In other words, Andrew and Philip grounded their witness for Jesus in the witness of an entire community of Christ-followers.
Christian community plays a vital role in fostering growth after someone becomes a believer. Growth is stifled in so many ways when a professing Christian remains detached. Most elements of Christian living cannot be learned apart from community (patience, forgiveness, love, and just about anything else encouraged or prohibited by the command to love others as ourselves).
Identifying with other Christians in our witness also underscores the team effort that’s usually involved whenever someone finally becomes a believer. Very few become Christians through the influence of a single person, a reality Paul captured in 1 Corinthians 3:6 is usually very much in play: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.”