John 1:43-51. “Invitation”. Jumc 01152012

1:43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. :45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” :46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” :48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” :49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” :50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” :51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”. NRSV

Follow Me
We are not there yet
I have something others want
I have a sense of where I am going
I am actively asking other to go where I am going

Come and See
Specific invitation
Anticipation and expectation
Excitement and discovery
Unfolding and revealing

A Promise to See God at Work
See your maker
Have a meeting with God
See where the buck stops, ultimately..and live to tell about it,

Text is about Jesus modeling our invitation to others,,
Go where I am taking you..
Not waiting for folks to fall in by accident
Come see what I have seen..
Not what they need or expect, necessarily
You will see God when you go looking
Are you really looking for God in what you do?

So Why Hesitate?
Some folks have lead us astray or they might and we are harder, scared or hurt.
I don’t lime following, I’d rather lead or go my own way..
I don’t know what to say, where to start, or when to go..

ASK your neighbor Right Now:
where do you find God working right now?

When is the last time you personally saw God at work in the world fist hand? I bet more people said nothing..

New approach:
Come see what I’m looking to find.
I don’t. Know it all but I know where to look.
Follow me where I am looking.
I don’t always get it right, nor ‘feel’ nor ‘get fed’ but I
Know where to go to feed my spirit.
Let’s discover God in our lives together.
This is why we have Cerf AND Honduras missions
No ONE in this room has all the answers figured ou

We are journeying together into mystery.
But we go following Christ who leads us..

This is the new invitation…
Not to know nor have it all first, but invite others to follow what we seek and want and what we hunger for.

This flies in the face of scarcity and competition
If someone find a better way we better not tell because some one will one up us or steal it from us or buy us out.

Follow me
Come see
See the hand of God at work in your life.

Next week: Getting out of the Boat

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