The Importance of One

Introduction

We’re prone to think of “one” as small and insignificant. Who wants just one cookie? What is the value of only one dollar? But the Bible consistently speaks of one: one pearl, one lost sheep, one wayward son. Disciples of Jesus often overlook the value of one. One invitation to church, one message of hope, one neighbor, one coworker, one friend, one family member. Can you name one person who has come to Christ through your invite and witness?

Romans 1:16 CSB - For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.

  • The Gospel is the power of God for salvation.

1 Corinthians 1:18 CSB - For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved.

Follow Me

John 1:35–37 CSB - The next day, John was standing with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus.

John 1:43–45 CSB - The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and told him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

Finding the One

First thing Philip did —> He went and found Nathanael

John 1:46a CSB - “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him.

  • Can anything good come from Nazareth? Church? Religion? Relationship with Jesus?

Come and See

John 1:46b CSB - “Come and see,” Philip answered.

  • Philip already understood that no amount of convincing could change Nate’s mind, but one encounter with Jesus has the power to change everything!

What would it look like if you invited your everyday people to come and see?

To the Ends of the Earth

Matthew 28:19–20 CSB - Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

  • Following Jesus death and resurrection, His followers were greatly persecuted and many were forced to scatter and leave Jerusalem.

Acts 8:4–8 CSB - So those who were scattered went on their way preaching the word. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them. The crowds were all paying attention to what Philip said, as they listened and saw the signs he was performing. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed, and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.

  • This guy can’t help it. Everywhere he sets his foot he is introducing people to Christ.

Acts 8:26-27a CSB - An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip: “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is the desert road.) So he got up and went.

  • Arrives, meets Ethiopian eunuch who is reading a passage in Isaiah.

Acts 8:35 CSB - Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning with that Scripture.

Acts 8:39–40 CSB - When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any longer but went on his way rejoicing. Philip appeared in Azotus, and he was traveling and preaching the gospel in all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Go and Tell

Commit to Being an Intentional Witness

We can’t invite others to come and see if we refuse to go and tell.

  1. Each disciple, Christ-follower invites one unchurched (unsaved) person to breakfast, lunch or dinner this year. Share your testimony, and tell the gospel story.

  2. Invite one family in your neighborhood to your home. Choose one of your family members to tell his/her story of coming to Christ.

  3. Invite one unchurched (unsaved) person to attend church with you. Peter invited Andrew to come meet Jesus.

» CHALLENGE | Each one, bring one.

Matthew 18:12–13 CSB - What do you think? If someone has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, won’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go and search for the stray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over that sheep more than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.

If Jesus thought the one so important, shouldn’t we?

RECOGNIZE AND REPENT OF EXCUSES.

  1. SPIRITUAL LETHARGY

  2. GROWING INCLUSIVENESS

  3. DISBELIEF IN HELL

  4. BUSYNESS

  5. FEAR OF REJECTION

  6. A DESIRE TO BE TOLERANT

  7. LOSING THE HABIT OF WITNESSING

  8. LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY

  9. FAILURE TO INVITE

  10. CHURCH NOT INTENT ON REACHING THE LOST.

Conclusion

  • Will you be intentional?

  • Will you be accountable?

  • Will you be mature as a disciple maker?