Philip: The Practical (4 of 12) by Dennis Marquardt

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The 12 Disciples Series (4 of 12)
Philip – The Practical
Dennis Marquardt
JOHN 1:43-46; 6:5-7; 12:20-23; 14:6-14

INTRO: Philip would have made a great American!! He loved being practical things, WE love practical things. It is the practical people that drive our market system – and Philip was the practical one in the twelve disciples. Practical people are the ones that figure out how to get things done, we even have a saying about this, "necessity is the mother of invention."

There are people who by their nature are always practical! There was a Martha among the women who followed Jesus; she was the practical one in the group of women that followed Jesus. There was Philip among the disciples; he was the practical guy among the men!

Practicality rules the planet, take for instance the following:
a. In Tokyo there are paid muscle men with white gloves that do nothing except push people into commuter trains so they can carry as many people as possible!
b. Exchanging "money" became more practical than bartering large objects back and forth, hence the development of the paper currency system.
c. Indoor plumbing and bathrooms were created to serve the practical need of not having to travel outdoors to deal with our basic needs!
d. The list could go on and on; cars, telephones, refrigerators, etc. all exist to serve "practical" needs.

PROP. SENT: The "practical" saint is often hardworking, faithful, and gets things done – but often they struggle with faith! God however has a great love for those who are "practical" – they are valued followers of Christ!

I. "SEEING IS BELIEVING!" Jn. 1:43-46; 14:6-14

A. Evidence First 1:43-46
1. Philip was a practical man, his name means "lover of horses" and he was from Bethsaida – a fishing town. (So were Andrew and Peter)
a. These men were practical by nature; fishing was an occupation that by nature made you practical!
b. When Philip responded to the call to be one of Jesus' followers he came as he ...

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