The Andrew Approach

“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.” John 1:40-42

These verses tell us that the “first thing” Andrew did after he became a follower of Jesus was to find his brother and bring him to Jesus too. Andrew was convinced that Jesus was the promised Messiah, and his first priority was to share this good news with his brother.

Peter became a believer too and we learn a great deal about his walk with the Lord in the New Testament. We don’t hear nearly as much about his brother Andrew, but when we do it’s virtually always about him bringing others to Jesus.

For example, when Jesus asked His disciples about feeding the thousands of people who had come out to hear Him teach, the disciples didn’t know what to do since there was no food nearby. John 6:8-9 says that Andrew “spoke up” and said, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Andrew brought the boy to Jesus because he knew that was his only hope to feed that many people with so little food.

On another occasion mentioned in John 12:20-22 some non-Jewish visitors to Jerusalem told Phillip they wanted to see Jesus. Philip told Andrew and Andrew’s immediate response was to tell Jesus. Andrew saw Jesus as a game changer, the promised Messiah, and the only one who could truly meet people’s needs. He did not hesitate to bring people to Jesus, and neither should we.

Do you know someone who needs to meet Jesus? Are you willing to make the introduction?

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church