Lost and Found (John 1:43-44)
First Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 34:1-31
Second Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-32
Sermon Text: John 1:43-44
When we read in John 1:43 that Jesus “decided to go to Galilee,” it seems like a small detail. We might view it in the same way that we ourselves make decisions in life, such as when we decide to go to a particular restaurant or shop at a certain supermarket instead of the one closer to our house—pretty mundane stuff. However, when we read about Jesus’ decision, we need to see behind it the full force of God’s decree working itself out in Jesus’ ministry, because by going to Galilee, Jesus found Philip and called him to be a disciple. Philip was one of the elect of God, chosen in Christ before eternity, and what we see in John 1:43 is the plan of God fulfilled in his life. It’s not as though Jesus stumbled upon Philip. There was intentionality on Jesus’ part. He came to seek and to save the lost.
- For review, read John 1:35-42. What are some things you learn about evangelism in these verses?
- Read Ephesians 1:3-6. What do you learn about election? Read and consider Westminster Confession of Faith chapter 3, paragraphs 5-6 as you work through your answer.
- What did God promise to do in Ezekiel 34:11-12 and why?
- How did Jesus fulfill God’s promise according to Luke 15:1-7 and Luke 19:1-10?
- What is the significance of Jesus’ command to Philip in John 1:43? What does it look like to follow Jesus?
- In preparation for next week, read John 1:45. What do you think Philip means in his explanation to Nathanael?
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