First, Jesus was passionate; He cared for the lost. He was weary so He sat down by the well. He wearied Himself in bringing the Gospel to people. Second, Jesus crossed the boundaries of social taboo, false religious restrictions, and gender divides. Third, Jesus connected on a personal basis. The woman by the well is a messed up woman. But Jesus asks her to do something for Him. He sees that she has something to offer. The one, true God has the gift of eternal life for them. If God is sovereign, why must Christians engage in evangelism?
Many people are hung up on this issue. We think if God is sovereign anyway and He determines who is going to heaven and who is not, then why do I need to inconvenience myself, take risks, and share the Gospel? The answer is that God has commanded it. He not only ordains the ends; He ordains the means. Why did you write Jesus the Evangelist? I wanted readers to walk alongside Jesus as He evangelized. To give encouragement and biblical counsel on what evangelism is and what it is not. Evangelism is our great calling — to proclaim and minister and live out this Gospel for the salvation of others.
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It is just talk. For example, one Sunday there was a visitor looking for someone who had invited them to services but that person did not show for Bible class or worship. Do you think that guest will come back? In His dealing with the woman, Jesus resists being offended by her initial rebuff and goes on to demonstrate His wisdom and knowledge of her life, her needs and her questions.
He proved who He was. Usually after a personal study, a discussion or a sermon, there is a call to decide to accept as true what has been shared.
In the case of personal evangelism, the call is to follow Jesus. Even at the preliminary stage, the call is to follow the Lord, even if it is from the far off position of curiosity and finding out more. No one was ever saved without making a series of decisions. No one gets to heaven by someone else's decision or by accident. If you have not made a conscious decision to become a disciple of Jesus, then you are not a disciple!
Jesus tells the woman, "I am the Messiah," He called on her to believe this but could not force her, it was her decision to believe or not to believe. All He could do was call on her to choose. We do this when we invite to church, ask for a Bible study, encourage hearing the gospel; every one of these is a "call" to follow Jesus. At some point the entire good news is conveyed, sufficient proof is provided through study and a good Christian example.
The amount of time differs from person to person, but eventually everyone must decide to follow Jesus or not. Eventually we bring them to the point of expressing their faith in obedience to Jesus' commands of repentance and baptism. For example, democracy in Middle Eastern countries, they understand the concept but are not all convinced that it is better or true. We rush to conversion and when people balk, we turn away from them instead of continuing to provide contact, challenge, proof, calling and encouragement to convert. In the story of the woman we see her believing the proof Jesus gave her, confessing that faith by acknowledging her hope for a Jewish Messiah that would save her, a Samaritan.
Today she would confess Jesus' name, repent of her sins and be baptized to demonstrate her conversion. This step is where the convert actually is trained for discipleship.
The one who was formerly a non-believer, now becomes a believer and follower of Jesus. The convert, or new disciple, begins to act and sound like a disciple. For example, he begins to have a prayer life; read and study the Word; identify and assemble with the other disciples; find ways to serve the Lord with his own skills.
The burden for this consecration of disciples rests with the leaders of the church.
It is their job to make sure that there is a conscious effort by the congregation to integrate and equip the new disciple for effective and fruitful Christian living. The woman, after her contact with Jesus, is immediately energized to share her brief but powerful encounter with Jesus among her family and community. Not everyone's consecration to service is as fast as the woman's, but not everyone is discipled by Jesus Himself. In the addition model the woman would have gone home and maybe shared her experience with her partner so that he might know the Lord and become a disciple with her… another sugar cube on another square.
But this woman begins the multiplication model by sharing her experience with everyone in town who would listen. We do not see all the details, but in verse 28 she goes to the men of the city ones she already had contact with and she challenges them to consider what has happened to her. We then read that they believed because of her word and they brought others who then believed because of Jesus' word. John does not spell it out, but at the end of the chapter the number of those who were converted and bringing others to Him was multiplied in much the same manner.
One woman multiplies to several men who multiply into a great number, all in the space of a few days. That is the power of the multiplication system in personal evangelism. If we used this model in our personal evangelism approach, we could plant churches everywhere they are needed in this state, in this nation and across the world in one generation. The question is: why are we not doing it, what is stopping us?
For example: We either do not ever go from contact to challenge leaving most of our communication with others at the non-spiritual level. In the multiplying method of personal evangelism everyone is a potential contact. We are always looking for the opportunity to challenge our contacts. We are ready and able to provide proof of our faith and eager to repeatedly call on our contacts to follow Jesus in some way.
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In multiplying disciples we are not afraid to go for closure in asking our contacts to be converted, to obey the gospel. In multiplying ministry, the church is equipped to train and build up new converts and multiply their potential for new contacts, greater multiplication, etc. The risk with all of this of course is that when the power of multiplying disciples takes hold, it is like riding a tidal wave. We are then once again like the Jerusalem church, doing incredible things, making incredible sacrifices, truly leaving the world behind to manage the harvest that God can and will give.
In the meantime, we stick to the addition model because we can control it, and growth at this rate does not disturb the status quo too much, leaving us in the boundaries of our comfort zone.
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Jun 9th In the encounter with the woman at the well, Jesus demonstrates His method of multiplication evangelism. In our last chapter over this passage I pointed out how all three themes of John's book are brought out in this passage: Jesus is tired and thirsty, and asks for a drink showing His human nature. The Lord demonstrates His divine nature in revealing this woman's past. We observe as she goes from disbelief to belief and how the village goes from disbelief to belief.
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Personal evangelism Everyone who has received the gift of salvation should have a desire to share that gift with others. The multiplication system First of all, a few rules of mathematics. A great example of this was demonstrated on TV a while back. Here is what they explained: If you took a simple checkerboard or chessboard and placed a single sugar cube on each square you would end up with 64 sugar cubes. That is addition. If, on the other hand, you simply multiplied by 2 the number of sugar cubes you put on each square… for example put one cube on square 1, then double that for square 2, then double that for square 3, and continued to double until you reached square According to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, if you multiplied the sugar cubes in this way you would have enough sugar to cover the State of Texas with 30 feet of sugar.
Such is the power of multiplication. Now pretend that those sugar cubes are people who are becoming Christians.