Effective Evangelism is Contagious
John 1:35-46
Dr. Edward Bland, 09/10/17
I.Effective evangelism is pointing people to Jesus- v 35-37
a.Evangelism is not about us it’s about Jesus
  1. John says I am not the Christ
 “He said I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness make straight the way of the LORD”
  1. Other words I am a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody
b.Evangelism is knowing who Jesus is
“And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, behold the Lamb of God”
Looking is the Gr. verb emblepo means to carefully examine
  1. When you really examine Jesus you will discover that he is more than a miracle worker, more than a healer
c.Evangelism is pointing people to the Savior
Behold the Lamb of God!
  1. Evangelism is deflecting attention from ourselves to Jesus
  2. Lamb is the Gr. word Amnos the paschal Lamb
  3. The Lamb of God is the Son of God
II.God often tests our faith to follow and obey him-  38-39
a.The test question from the one who knows the answer, what are you looking for?
  1. Some people are just looking for a blessing but God what us to be a blessing
b.Some of us will never do evangelism because we don’t have a heart for God or God’s people
c.Their answer we want to know where are you going Jesus: where dwellest thou?
d.Jesus say to them and us come and see- vs.39
  1. Come is the Gr. verb erchomai, in the middle voice and imperfect tense
  2. Coming will benefit you and you need to continue following Jesus
III.Effective evangelism starts at home- vs. 40-42
a.Andrew has been infected with the evangelism virus
b.Evangelism is a priority in Andrew’s life now
c.Andrews first finds his own brother and evangelize Simon
  1. The message is we have found the Messiah which is interpreted the Christ
d.The act of evangelism is to bring people to Jesus
e.The goal of evangelism is salvation
“Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted, a stone.”
Simon mean hot-tempered/ volatile one
Stone is Peter, petros means stable as a rock
  1. Jesus changed his name
  2. Jesus changed his status from sinner to saint
IV.Evangelism is finding sinners where they are- vs. 43-44
a.Jesus goes into Galilee on an evangelistic trip
b.Jesus finds a sinner name Philip
c.Jesus saves Philip and say follow me
  1. Evangelism is finding folks to follow Jesus
  2. Follow is the Gr. verb akoloutheo means to follow in the way of in a spiritual sense
d.Now Philip is infected with the virus of evangelism
e.Evangelism in action is one sinner telling another sinner about the Savior
V.The contagiousness of the evangelism ministry- vs. 45-46
a.The virus of evangelism will not let you keep the gospel to your self
b.Philip’s act of evangelism, he finds Nathanael
c.The message of evangelism is we have found him of whom Moses and the prophets did write
d.The message of salvation and hope is in Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph
e.Nathanael’s response to Philip’s message, can anything good come out of Nazareth?
f.Philip’s response to Nathanael’s question, come and see