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Decision 2022 – Decide to Follow Jesus

Satisfy Your Curiosity

John 1:29-51

September 25, 2022

Sermon Proposition

You Can Help the Curious Follow Jesus

By Pointing People to Jesus

The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

John 1:35–37 (ESV)

By Bringing People with You

One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus.

John 1:40-42 (ESV)

By Inviting People to Come and See

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.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, "Come and see.”

John 1:45-56 (ESV)

Prayer for the Curious

Lord Jesus, I’ve heard that you are the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, the Messiah, the one spoken of by

Moses and the prophets. I’m not sure what these things mean. Help me to honestly consider the reasons for following you

despite my doubts and fears. Guide me, teach me, and open my heart and mind to the truth of who You are as I read the gospel of John. Amen.

Open It!

What one word would you use to describe yourself to others?

Read It!

Read John 1:29-51

Discuss It!

What one word could be used to describe John the Baptist’s role in helping people follow Jesus (1:22-23)?

What does John say about Jesus (1:29-36)?

What do you think made John’s disciples curious about Jesus?

How did Jesus respond to their curiosity (1:37-39)?

What part of your story might help people know Jesus better?

What does Andrew do after spending time with Jesus (1:40-42)?

Where could you bring someone to learn about Jesus?

What does Philip do to help Nathanael meet Jesus (1:43-46)?

What is surprising about Nathanael’s encounter (1:47-50)?

Think of the people in your life who need to know Jesus.

How does the fact that Jesus knows them intimately encourage you as you pray for them?

How can we help the curious get to know Jesus better?

Live It!

Satisfy Your Own Curiosity. Ask Your Question(s).

Read The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey together with a friend or friends who need to know Jesus.

Invite and bring a neighbor, coworker, family member, or friend to the Men’s Retreat or Women’s Conference.