John 1:46 “And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.”
Early in Jesus’ ministry, He found Philip while soul winning and commanded, “Follow me.” When Philip chose to follow Jesus, he then went to Nathanael and told him that he had found the Messiah. Nathanael was shocked because he heard that Jesus was from Nazareth. He then responded, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” You see, Nazareth was the bad side of town. This was not supposed to be the city from where the Messiah was to come. They thought that He would come from Bethlehem. Nathanael’s amazement was answered with one statement, “Come and see.” What Philip was saying was that if you don't believe me, come and see what is happening in Christ’s ministry.
Every city needs a church where people can confidently say, “Come and see a ministry where God is doing something great.” Before you ever tell someone to come and see, you had better have something worthy of them coming to see. The Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, but she, like Nathanael, did not believe the reports. When she went and saw, the only thing she could say was that the half of the good being done was not told. Oh, my friend, this is the need of this day! There needs to be churches that are so on fire for God and growing that people will say, “Come and see.” Let me share some areas where people should desire to come and see.
First, come and see a place where all people are accepted. No church should ever reject any person from coming. I am not talking about compromising truth, but I am talking about accepting all people so they can hear the truth of the Gospel. The color of skin, financial status, societal status, or criminal record should keep no one from attending your church. When the church ceases to reach any type of person, it ceases to be a church that is a Christ-following church.
Second, come and see a place where souls are saved and baptized weekly. This is one of the great needs of our day. I determined when I became a pastor that our church would see people saved and baptized weekly. It takes hard work, but we are seeing it done. Nothing causes people to want to come and see a church than to hear how a church is regularly seeing people saved and baptized. The problem is not that Christ won't save people who would come and get baptized, but the problem is that God’s people are not working the harvest to see people saved and baptized weekly.
Third, come and see a place where God’s miracles are happening. Every believer, and especially every pastor, should desire that their church is a church where God regularly performs the miraculous in their church. God cannot perform the miraculous in churches that are playing, but He performs His miracles in the churches where the people are working in His harvest. If you want to see God do something miraculous in your church, you should work so hard that He would honor your work with His miracles.
Fourth, come and see a place where God’s power is on the people. One of the greatest needs of our day is that God’s power rests on His people. These first three areas will happen if you have God’s power on you. People will come and see nothing as long as you lack God’s power, but when you get God’s power on your life, those who come and see will never regret the expense and trip to come and see.