Summary: Looking at the 3rd apostle, chronologically.His unique call, witnessing to a skeptic, asked to feed 5,000, introduced Greeks to Christ, asked to see the Father & more Philip had unique challenges & opportunities. So do we!
THE 12 APOSTLES: PHILIP
A. HUMOR: CLIMB THE WALLS
1. “Oh, I sure m happy to see you,” the little boy said to his Grandmother on his mother’s side when she came to visit.
2. “Maybe now Daddy will do the trick he’s been promising us.”
3. The Grandmother was curious. “What trick was that?” she asked.
4 “I heard him tell Mommy that he would ‘climb the walls’ if you came to visit!” the little boy answered.
1. Today is our 3rd part in the series, “The 12 Apostles of Jesus.” These 12 men, like us, all had their strengths and weaknesses.
2. As we study them, we’ll see how Jesus worked with them to help them grow in faith and courage.
3. Tonight we’re going to look at a disciple who had unique challenges and opportunities.
4. The title of this message is, The 12 Apostles of Jesus: Philip.”
I. THE UNIQUE CALL OF PHILIP
Philip was one of the only six disciples that Jesus said, “Follow Me” to (Peter, Andrew, Matthew, unnamed disciple (Lk. 9:59), the Rich Young Ruler, and Philip.)
A. THE BIBLICAL TEXT: JOHN 1:35-46
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus [and stayed with Him that day]. 40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.”
B. RAPIDITY OF EVENTS FOLLOWING JOHN THE BAPTIST’S ANNOUNCEMENT JESUS = CHRIST
1. TIMING. John baptized Jesus & then Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days (Mk. 1:12-13). Evidently it was immediately after this that Jesus went back to visit John the Baptist, who bore witness to Him.
2. Vs. 35, “the next day” after John’s official announcement that Jesus is the Christ, Andrew follows Jesus, goes to His house, and then brings Peter to meet Him.
3. Peter & Andrew (and Philip) all lived in Bethsaida (Jn. 1:44), a small town on the NW corner of the Sea of Galilee. Its name means “House of Fishing.” It’s very possible that Philip too was a fisherman, or at least smelled like one!
4. Probably all 3 had been going to hear the preaching of John the Baptist, who at that time was evidently baptizing in the Jordan ABOVE the Sea of Galilee. It goes northward for another 50 miles!