EVANGELISM HOW TO: THE WOMAN AT THE WELL
INTRODUCTION TO THE SCRIPTURE:
Knowing how to recognize and utilize opportunities is key to spreading the Gospel.
DISCUSSION OF THE SCRIPTURE:
I. Everyday opportunities can become great victories for Christ.
A. Jesus began a great evangelistic campaign with a simple visit to the well.
B. This would be equivalent with going to Wal-Mart or McDonalds.
C. Perhaps Paul spent much time in the “marketplaces” so that he could be around
other people who might possibly be interested in the Gospel.
D. We need to spend time in the community so we can make the community the church.
II. Accept people as they are, but be ready to take them where they need to be.
A. Accept people where they are
1. “Just As I Am”
2. Philippian Jailor may not have appeared to be a great prospect.
3. Cornelius certainly was not the prospect Peter was expecting.
4. Paul was anything but a potential Christian.
5. We never know how much people need to feel as though someone knows
about the life they know.
B. Bring them to Jesus.
1. Have a strait-forward conversation about grace and truth.
A. Jesus was open and honest about her moral problems.
B. Jesus was open and honest with her doctrinal problems.
2. Expect growth to take time.
A. Jesus commanded the Gospel to be preached to all nations.
B. But it took 10 years for the apostles to understand Gentiles could
become Christians without becoming Jews (Acts 10).
3. We should expect all of us to “bring forth fruits worthy of repentance.”
III. Expect God to work.
A. John 4:28-30 & John 4:39-42.
B. We never know what God can accomplish with the smallest of actions.
C. Because Jesus spoke with one woman an entire village came to faith.
D. 1 Corinthians 3:6
E. 1 Corinthians 15:10
F. Isaiah 55:10-11
INVITATION FROM THE SCRIPTURE:
God is still giving us opportunities to share the Gospel. We must make the most of those opportunities.