Summary: Jesus models Evangelism for us with the woman at the well
THE DIFFICULTIES OF EVANGELISM
INTRO: I’ve heard about a little six-year old boy who restlessly struggled to listen to a rather lengthy sermon. After the service, the little boy asked the question that sooner or later most "church kids" ask. "Dad" he said, "what does the preacher do the rest of the week?" The dad replied, "Son, he’s a very busy man. He takes care of church business, visits the sick, studies the Bible. . . and he has to take time to rest up. You see, preaching in public is not an easy job." The little boy thought about that and said, "Well, listening ain’t so easy either!"
. I hope that I won’t be too awful hard to listen to this morning.
. Today’s sermon is on the most dreaded word in Christendom.
. This word brings fear into the heart of the bravest Christian. . . . You mean that you want me to share my faith. That’s the preacher’s job.
. Jesus last command to us was to tell others about Him . To make disciples.
. We are supposed to be fishers of men and instead we have become keepers of the aquarium. Let me tell you what I mean by that.
. "In the Great Commission the Lord has called us to be--like Peter--fishers of men. We’ve turned the commission around so that we have become merely keepers of the aquarium. Occasionally I take some fish out of your fishbowl and put them into mine, and you do the same with my bowl. But we’re all tending the same fish." [steve shepard, seeking and saving the lost, sermon central]
. There is nothing wrong with tending fish once you have them, but we shouldn’t stop there! We don’t exist for ourselves! We need to catch more fresh fish instead of swapping fish that have already been caught! We need to win more people to Christ!
. I want to share with you thus morning a model that Jesus has set for us in evangelism.’
. In our scripture this morning were going to see that Jesus went to difficult places, He talked with difficult people and he dealt with difficult issues.
Jn. 4:1-26 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”