Andrew: The Helper! (2 of 12) by Dennis Marquardt
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Andrew – The Helper!
John 1:29-42; 6:1-15; 12:20-22; Matthew 4:18-19
INTRO: When the term "GREAT MINISTRY" is used it conjures up many pictures – great teachers, great preachers, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, etc. Yet, the vast majority of "GREAT MINISTRY" in God's Kingdom has been done by much less well known saints over the centuries ... the "ANDREWS" of the ages!
Andrew was not as much an up-front person as much as he was a middle man ... helping to bring together issues and people. He didn't so much teach others by mouth as much as he brought people to Jesus for Jesus to teach them. Andrew was the guy who was looking for bridges or making them ... the Church of Jesus Christ needs "Andrews!"
ILLUS: THE GREAT MUSICIAN LEONARD BERNSTEIN WAS ONCE ASKED WHICH INSTRUMENT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT TO PLAY. HE THOUGHT FOR A MINUTE AND THEN REPLIED, "THE SECOND FIDDLE! I CAN GET PLENTY OF FIRST VIOLINISTS, BUT TO FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN PLAY THE SECOND FIDDLE WITH ENTHUSIASM -- THAT'S A PROBLEM. AND IF WE HAVE NO SECOND FIDDLE, WE HAVE NO HARMONY!" -- SOURCE UNKNOWN
Andrew was much loved by Jesus, he was the first disciple Jesus called, and he was responsible for bringing his brother Peter to Jesus! Though Andrew is the first disciple called it is Peter that gets much fame while Andrew seems to forever stay in the background. Peter is credited with great things while Andrew's accomplishments are hardly ever mentioned! Without Andrew bringing Peter to Jesus, Peter might not have become a disciple! It is the "Andrews" of this world that are the backbone of the Church!
ILLUS: MANY YEARS AGO A HUMBLE PASTOR WHOSE NAME FEW KNOW SERVED A LITTLE CHURCH IN A LITTLE COUNTRY TOWN. HIS MINISTRY WAS QUIET, AND FEW SOULS WERE ACTUALLY BROUGHT TO CHRIST THERE. YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT, THE WORK BECAME MORE AND MORE DISCOURAGING. IT WAS ONLY YEARS LATER THAT THE FAITHFUL MIN ...
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