Ordinary People, Extraordinary Calling- Philip: The Inquirer

[PHILIP THE INQUIRER] John 1.35-46                                                 04.28.2019

Ordinary People. Extraordinary Calling| CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook

TEXTJohn 1.35-42 ESV Calling of the 4



John 1.43-46 ESV 43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”


Philip’s 2 immediate responses to the call of Jesus:

  • Belief / acceptance (not quite characteristic of Philip)
  • Evangelistic response – found a friend

John 12.20-22 ESV

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

Matthew 10.5-6; Mark 7.27; John 1.11-12

  • THE 5,000

Jesus intimately knows our character. Philip by nature is questioning, inquiring, and investigative. Jesus responds in kind.

John 6.5-7 ESVLifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.”

John 14.7-11


    • Our faith:
      • Is our inquiry / questioning conducive to or in conflict with our faith?
      • Is our faith in the Person of Jesus or in our circumstances? (is this a logical fallacy?)
    • Others’ faith:
      • Do we allow others to find Jesus?
      • Do we help facilitate the faith of others?