In the Gospel of John, Andrew is the first named disciple. Beginning with his brother, Peter, Andrew could be considered the great inviter, one who was always bringing people to Jesus including the boy with loaves and fishes (John 6) and later, along with Philip, the Greeks who wished to come and see Jesus (John 12). In the dispersion of the apostles, it is believed that Andrew journeyed to Asia Minor, Macedonia, and then to Greece where he was martyred in the city of Patras. Our Summer Worship Series on the First Apostles begins with Andrew and a look at his calling in John 1:35-42.
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John 1:35-42 (NRSV)
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).