Jesus’ Strategy of Evangelism

(JohnThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » 4:5-42)

By Rev. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

Eagle Rock Lutheran ChurchJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... »Created with The GIMP

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March 23, 2014

 Introduction

While the disciplesThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » left to buyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » food in the nearby townJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », JesusThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » took the liberty to rest alone near the well of waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » in Sychar (Shechem), a Samaritan city.  And while resting there a Samaritan womanJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » came to fetch water.

The well was 85 feet in depth, and is a fairly close to Mount Gerizim as well as to the ground given by JacobPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » to JosephThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » (Gen. 48:22).

Since Jesus had no tool to fetch water from the well, he asked for water from the Samaritan woman. The woman was surprised since the JewsLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » had no dealing with the SamaritansTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... ».

Who are the Samaritans? Samaritans believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that they are the direct descendants of a faithfulThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » nucleus of ancient IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... ».

They argue that the apostasy of Israel began in the timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » of EliGod is With Us. Read more ... » (11th century BCE) when the nationProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... »’s religious“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » center was removed from Gerizim to Shiloh, and afterwards to Jerusalem. In the Middle Ages, they regarded themselves not just remnants of the old northern kingdomThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » of Israel, but rather the original Israel, whereas the Jews descend from a splinter group.

The Samaritans also believe in one GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... », in MosesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » the prophetIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », in the LawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », and in Mount Gerizim as the placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » appointed by God for sacrificeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... ».

The Jews did not acknowledgeThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » the authenticity of the Samaritan observances (vv. 9, 22) (Joel B. Green, gen. ed., “Samaritans,” Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2013, p.833).

There was a dairy farmerThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » and a committed ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » in a Presbyterian ChurchThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » in North Carolina. William had a real desire to see his familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » and friends saved. So he and a number of others invitedWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » evangelist Mordecai Ham to their town.

At the time William’s sonThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » was 17 years old. William’s son went along to the meetings and Mordecai preached the gospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » of salvationThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » offered through Jesus ChristThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... ». The boyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » was so convicted of sin that he received Jesus ChristLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » and was born againNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ».

The boy offered himself to the ministryLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... », and studied God’s wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ». Later on he became the most popular evangelist on earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » – He is no other than Rev. Dr. Billy Graham (hotsermons.com).

billygraham1Billy Graham’s fatherJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » had an evangelistic strategy to bring his family and friends to the feet of Jesus Christ.

In this passage, we could see the attitude, and the evangelistic strategies of Jesus. His strategies might be of help to all of us, even in this modern time.

Let us study more this passage:

I. Jesus Shared the Gospel While Resting (v.6).

As we could observe, Jesus shared the Gospel while resting. He should rest, sleepThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » and keep his mouth shut but instead he open his eyes, open his mouth and made himself available for his missionThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... ». It reveals then the urgency of sharing the good newsYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... ».

Like anybody else we could be exhausted, we are busy, we have other day to day priorities, but if we are in Christ, even though we are tired and resting we might have opportunity to share the Gospel.

Just close our eyes, meditate and teach ourselves like this: my body, I know you are tired, I know you have other priorities, but my spirit is not tired, and my priority is Christ, get up and help my spirit to share the gospel. (Repeat this ritual many times a day).

 II. Jesus Used the Necessity of Water as Point of Contact (v.7).

Jesus asked for water. He was indeed thirstyThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... », and he used his being thirsty to approach the woman and share the gospel. In sharing the gospel, we might need some points of contact and the LordMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » will guide us to identify that when we are in the mission fieldsHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... », and if we want to share the gospel.

Even though he should not talkThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » to Samaritan woman because of their cultural situation, he crossed several boundaries just to share the goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » news.

Jesus crossed at leastThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » three kinds of boundaries: (1) he crossed the geographical boundary (vv.5, 9, 40), religious boundary (vv.9, 22, 40), and gender boundary (v. 9) in order to share the gospel. Thus, we conclude here that Jesus will crossThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » any boundaries and he would contact his prospect just to bring his mission to the worldThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... ».

“Point of contact” is like an anchor where you can cling with, and link the gospel. You might say, to break the ice we need to open our mouth, and find a thing or situation in order to talk with strangers, and consequently share the good news in our own ways.

We should also show our intentionalA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » hospitality. Welcome“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » them in our conversation, in our group, in our homes, and in our church. Who knows we are welcoming an angelThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » in our midst.

Long time ago, a young spiritual searcher from India was looking for PastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » C. F. Andrews in a South African church. South Africa was in apartheid before. He visited Pastor Andrews’ church, and he wanted to hear his messageThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... ».

However, he was not allowed to attend the church because of his brown color skin. Soon afterwards he rejected ChristianityThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... », and went on to lead more than 400 million people as HinduThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... ». Mahatma Gandhi led India for independence.

When E. Stanley Jones met with Gandhi he asked him, “Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of Christ often, why is that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower?”gandhi1

Gandhi replied, “Oh, I don’t reject Christ. I loveThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » Christ. It’s just that so many of you ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » are so unlike Christ.”

“If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today,” he added (christiantoday.co.in).

III. Jesus Used Every Opportunity to Share the Gospel (v.40-41).

The invitation of the Samaritan community was a big deal. Jesus and his disciples might have had other priorities, but that invitation was importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » for them since that’s the opportunity to share the gospel.

How many invitations did we already receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » since we arrived in AmericaIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... »? In tours, concerts, ball room dancing, picnics, charityThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » events, etc. Yes, most of the time we attended those events. But let me ask you, how many times did you share the good news to one or two people there? Do they knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that we are Christians? Is there any instance that we intentionally invited them to attend our church services, especially in our BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... » studies?—Just asking.

Many years ago in St. Louis, a lawyer visited a Christian client to transact some businesses. Wikipedia notes he was a lawyer acquaintance.

Before the two parted, his client said to him, “I’ve often wanted to ask you a question, but I’ve been afraid to do so.”

“What do you want to know?” asked the lawyer.

The manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » replied, “I’ve wondered why you’re not a Christian.”

The man hung his head, “I know enough about the Bible to realize that it says no drunkard can enter the kingdom of God; and you know my weakness!”

“You’re avoiding my questions,” continued the believer.

“Well, truthfully, I can’t recall anyone ever explaining how to become a Christian.”

Picking up a Bible, the client read some passages showing that all are under condemnation, but that Christ came to saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » the lost by dying on the cross for their sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ». “By receiving Him as your Substitute and Redeemer,” he said, “you can be forgiven. If you’re willing to receive Jesus, let’s pray together.”

scofieldThe lawyer agreed, and when it was his turn he exclaimed, “O Jesus, I am a slave to drink. One of your servants has shown me how to be saved. O God, forgive my sins and help me overcome the power of this terrible habit in my life.”

Right there he was converted.

That lawyer was Cyrus I. Scofield (August 19, 1843 – July 24, 1921), who later edited the reference Bible that bears his nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

The Christian client saw the opportunity to share the gospel to Scofield, and later he became famous pastor, theologian and Christian writer in America.

Conclusion

If we want to be used by God in sharing the gospel, we need to follow Jesus, follow his strategy of doing evangelismJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... ». You don’t need to be like evangelists, pastors, or like Billy Graham, or like Scofield, or like Martin LutherThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... », or John WesleyMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... ».

Just be open to God and grab any opportunity to share the gospel.

Let me tell you the Parable of the Starfish.

A man was walkingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » along the shoreline of an ocean when he saw a little boyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » standing in the midst of thousands of starfish that had washed up along the shore.

The man watched the little boy as he picked up a starfish and one by one threw them back in the seaA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... ». The man watched for several minutes afterwards he approached the boy and asked, “What are you doing?”

The little boy answered, “I’m saving these starfish so they won’t die.” The man said to the boy. “There are too many too save, it won’t make any difference.”starfishes1

The little boy reached down and picked up another starfish and said, “it will make a difference to this one” as he threw it into the ocean (illustrationexchange.com).

It is like sharing the love of God to others. We may not be able to show God’s love to everyone, but we can show it to someone.

It may not make a difference to everyone, but it will make a difference to that one person. And when it makes a difference to one, it makes a difference to God.

Do you want to make a difference to God? Go out and share the Gospel to the one you love, to your best friendLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » or even to nobody. Remember, it makes a difference to God.

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