GOSPEL MEDITATION # 4
Jesus Calls the First Disciples John 1:35–42
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael John 1:43–51
- Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
- Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer
- Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
- Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
- Reread it. From memory, determine the central points.
- Immediately following His baptism, Jesus begins to call/invite disciples to follow Him.
- The first one is Andrew, Peter’s brother, along with another un-named disciple, who is likely John himself.
- Andrew then finds his brother Peter and announces that they had found the Messiah (Christ in the Greek).
- Peter receives a nickname after meeting Jesus, Cephas. Simon is the birth name, Cephas, also Aramaic, means rock. Peter, a Greek name, means the same.
- A day later, Jesus wastes no time, He finds Philip and said to him, “follow me.” Philip, a Greek name, finds Nathanael, which is Aramaic, and means given by or to God, and announces, proclaims, “we” have found the Messiah. Philip tells Nathanael (only in John is the name Nathanael found, in the Synoptics the name is Bartholomew, which is likely the birth name), that the Messiah Moses and the prophets spoke of is “Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph.” (It is probable that the virgin birth of Jesus was as yet unknown.)
- Nathanael doubted anything good could come from Nazareth, and Jesus, perhaps by a word of knowledge, acknowledges that here is a man not eager to please.
- Jesus now references a fig tree, which is a symbol of Israel (see Jeremiah 8:13 and Joel 1:7), and one sitting underneath it refers to a student of the Hebrew Bible.
- Nathanael is told he would see heaven open as did Jacob/Israel. (see Genesis 28:10-13).
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
May 12, 2019
MILLER AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH
The Gloria Patri
Morning Hymn # 300 All Glory, Laud and Honor
Call to Worship:
Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Elohenu Adonai echad
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”
Leader: Jesus never changes; He is always the same.
People: WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS,
CHRIST DIED FOR US.
Leader: His love for us never changes or fades.
People: THOUGH WE SHOULD BE FAITHLESS,
HE IS ALWAYS FAITHFULL.
Leader: Let us praise and worship the Lord our God.
Morning Prayer—Prayers of the Church–Silent Prayer
Collect of the Day:
ALMIGHTY AND ETERNAL GOD, YOUR SON OUR SAVIOR IS WITH YOU IN ETERNAL GLORY. GIVE US FAITH TO SEE THAT, TRUE TO HIS PROMISE, HE IS AMONG US STILL AND WILL BE WITH US TO THE END OF TIME; WHO LIVES AND REIGNS WITH YOU AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE GOD, NOW AND FOREVER. AMEN.
We Confess our Faith—The Apostles’ Creed
Scripture Reading: Genesis 28:10–13; Mark 8:18–22; John 1:35–42; 43–51; 6:1–7; 12:20–26; 14:8–11; 21:1–3; 1 Cor. 12:43–11.
Memory Verse: To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.1 Corinthians 12:7
Reflection: The Body of Christ has many parts.
Psalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs
Offertory Theme: Not letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing.
Receiving of Offerings
Announcements: Birthdays, Sunday evening Gathering 6pm; Bible Study Tuesday 7pm; Sunday breakfast 8:45am & class 9:30am; Choir practice 9:15am. TV Programs: The Bible Study, Fridays 8pm, & Why We Are Christians, Friday, 7:30pm; The Imam and the Pastor, Sundays 12 noon & Mondays 2:30pm. All on channel 26 or 99.
Second Hymn: # 299 In the Name of the Lord
The Sermon: The Gospel of John #4, John 1:35-51
Jesus Calls the First Disciples &
Jesus Calls Philip & Nathanael
Receiving Jesus in the Bread and the Cup
“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
The Jesus Prayer: (sung twice, it is the oldest prayer found
outside of the Bible)
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
The Promise of acceptance and forgiveness
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Individual, silent prayers of confession-The Lord’s Prayer
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
“Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:30
Everyone is invited to Receive the Bread and the Cup
Benediction Hymn # 444 I Love to Tell the Story
The Benediction: The Aaronic Benediction, Numbers 6:24-26
MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU;
MAY THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU;
MAY THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE. SHALOM. AMEN.
Everyone is invited to continue worship
with the Agape Meal in Spangler Hall.
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