Posted on Sat, Jun 2, 2018
How do you grow a church?
How do you grow a church? The disciple Andrew knew and models for us how God wants His people to grow His Church. We call our intentional way of growing the church Operation Andrew. Let me tell you why. First of all, CBS has got the idea with the new series “God Friended Me” showing on Sundays at 8:00 p.m. God Friended Me is a drama starring Brandon Michael Hall as an avowed atheist who receives a Facebook friend request from God and “unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.” I’m interested in checking out this new series and making up my own mind. It could be good. Now the disciple Andrew became known as the disciple who brings people to Jesus. Andrew discovered Jesus through the witness of John the Baptist (John 1:29 -39). 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. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which when translated, is Peter). (John 1:40-42) From that time on Andrew brought people to Jesus. Later, when Jesus was teaching on the mountainside, he looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, and said, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” There were so many the disciples were overwhelmed, but Andrew said, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:8-9) Andrew saw the potential in the boy and trusted Jesus’ ability to use these seemingly meager resources. This was when Jesus performed a multiplication miracle and fed the 5,000 men plus women and children. They were all full and satisfied. Andrew brought the boy to Jesus and facilitated this amazing miracle. Andrew became the apostle to the British Isles and their patron saint ever since. To us he is the model of how to simply, intentionally grow the Kingdom of God, the Church. Like Andrew, people bring people. We simply introduce them to Jesus and His Church. Andrew was not flashy, boisterous, or always wanting the limelight. He simply brought people to Jesus. Jesus did the rest. Each person had kingdom potential and Jesus brought the transformation which unleashed their potential. It started with Andrew. And these days, in these contemporary times, it starts with you. How do we grow Church of the Resurrection? By the biblical model… Andrew. That’s why we invite you to identify the unchurched, not-yet Christian people in your sphere of influence and begin by making an Operation Andrew List, then praying for them, and inviting them to Church to discover Jesus. Jesus does the rest. He’s good at it. In June we’ll be making our Operation Andrew Lists, praying, loving, and inviting. Our Lord Jesus will feed the people and they will be satisfied!
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