Sermon Series: The 12 Apostles of Jesus



Sermon Number 3

Apostles Philip and Nathaniel (Bartholomew)


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Friends Are Friends Forever
Introducing the apostles Philip and Nathaniel
based on John 1:43-51
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Today, I would like to introduce you to a couple of disciples that were really good friends. I think most people would like to have a close friend that they can hang out with and really talk to.

The Gospel of John describes how Philip was the third disciple called by Jesus. Apparently, Philip was from the same town as Andrew and Simon Peter, and actually knew them well.

Philip then introduced his friend Nathaniel (sometimes identified with Bartholomew) to Jesus.

Nathaniel was initially skeptical about Jesus, saying: "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"  But he trusts his friend Philip. If Philip is excited about Jesus, then there must be something to it.  People trust the judgment of their friends, that’s the reason why Facebook is making millions in advertisement, if your friend has “liked” an advertisement, you are much more likely to check it out—its ingenious.....

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