Personal Evangelism-Gospel Of John 4:6-26-The Women at the Well

WHY?-Things to think about
-Jesus provides a blueprint of personal evangelism-This is how revival/change happens-by using our earthly authority and not only praying something will occur by osmosis.
-Billy Graham stated mass crusades often can not do want one on one witnessing can.
-In our post modern society-people aren’t coming to Church, but have a high degree of spiritual interest therefore we must bring Christ to them.
-We are not going to the people or presenting in an engaging or powerful way.
-Charles Finney stated the average Christian is not communicating effectively because they have not made it a matter of study.
-Taking a look at society/the media-we are in a battle for the supremacy of ideas, and there is a high prince-what army tries negotiate the terms of the drill or their orders.
-We do what we do because we are who we are-perhaps we have not valued the Gospel ourselves enough we to be able to convey its truths or have the exuberance(joy) to do so.
-Many tracts are unreasonable to many and proclaim things like turn or burn simply because don’t believe in something, with out understanding the sickness of sin and the remedy of Christ, or simply suggest a happy life. Of we are on a plane we know will go down, one does not hang onto a parachute concerned with a comfortable ride, but to escape the consequence of the violation of the law of gravity(livingwaters.com-for tracts).

I. Meeting people where they are socially and establishing a common interest/relationship
V.6-9. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Many Jews avoided Samarians even distained them.)
-occurred at the 6th hour-going to well was a social event but this was not the normal time suggesting she was not honorable even among her own.
-It is easy to be tired or distant due to daily circumstances or have a border mentality rather than a broader mentality-idea of “let us have our stuff” staying behind our sanctuaries all the while losing ground socially-we are not called to leave them alone.
-Jesus, a Jew in Samaria did not feel overwhelmed, outnumbered, or to different.
-He did not forfeit the spiritual conversation/condition of the marketplace(any institution).
-Jesus began in the natural realm. This woman was unregenerate and perhaps not open to things of the Spirit. He therefore spoke of something she could relate to or a common interest or need which was water.
-Most of us can strike up a conversation with a stranger in the natural-How are you doing? Good morning, we may then ask, Are you form the area, what do you do?

II. Then swing to spiritual things
V.10-14. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
-Jesus’ statement shifted their conversation to spiritual matters. He led them into a discussion on a common spiritual interest (living water!)
-We can raise questions or make statements that shift conversations to spiritual matters-“What do you think our world is in such a mess?”,”Would you be interested in what the Bible says about..?” “Do you go to a local Church/Have a Christian background?”
-She wanted to go back to the natural-He stayed focused on spiritual, not sidetracked.

III. Jesus did not condemn but convicted
V.15-26. The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
-She needed faith in Him as the Messiah. So instead of giving her the “living water”… He tells her to get her husband, which will result in her conviction of Him as a prophet and also acknowledge her sin, realizing her need of a savior.
-He could have dwelt on her being an adulteress. Not to say He will not one day judge the world, but that the primary purpose of His first coming was to offer salvation.-gently spoke to her conscious(maybe He had a disappointed/sympathetic tone? But not angry).
-He used the Law to bring the knowledge of sin(As a mirror or schoolmaster). This is confrontational, but can be done in a spirit of love and gentleness.
-Thinking now into the spiritual, she comes with formal/ritualistic concerns. But Jesus goes back to spirit/truth and inward transformation, not institutions.
-After preparing the groundwork, Jesus confronted the woman with His identity, just as can do for a rebellious(in some way) people. Also proved Jesus had no identity crisis.
-Once the Law has humbled the person, then they are ready for grace. Only those who will admit that they have the disease of sin will truly embrace the cure of the gospel.

V.10. leads to the question…..

IV. (A brief sidetrack) The meaning of Knowing God
-The word Know implies an active relationship between the knower and the object known
-To know the Father and Jesus Christ (for He is the only way to the Father) refers not to merely abstract knowledge, but to joyful acknowledgment of his sovereignty, content acceptance of his love, and intimate fellowship with his person.
-This becomes a fountain of living water from within defying even feelings and emotions.
-This is done through his Word to us; and through prayer-In a dark age of Bible reading.
-We commit intellectual Idolatry when we create God in own image. “To me God is….”
-It is amazing how it is human nature to assume that because we believe or don’t believe something, that makes it true.
-When people say, “I don’t believe that God is knowable.” More truthful to say, “I don’t want to know God.” This “frees” us to believe/act as we want. Sinful man runs from God.
In John 14:21-23. There’s the promise, and there’s the condition. Any person who places there belief/faith/trust on Jesus will begin a supernatural relationship with Him and the Father. The evidence/fruit of knowing Him is that we will obey with a profound desire what He commands of us.*see next eternal life teaching by Andrew Wommack.

Conclusion: This is why Evangelism is so important. Charles Spurgeon said. “Your one business in life is to lead men to believe in Jesus Christ by the power of the HS. Every other thing should be made subservient to this one objective.”

My friend, I stand in judgment now,
And feel that you’re to blame somehow.
On earth I walked with you by day,
And never did you show the way.
You knew the Savior in truth and glory,
But never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim.
You could have led me safe to Him.
Though we lived together, here on earth,
You never told me of the second birth.
And now I stand before eternal hell,
Because of heaven’s glory you did not tell.
*Retrieved from The Evidence Bible*
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