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Our scripture passage for today is taken from John, chapter 4.
The following are my notes taken during my pastor's sermon.
Points to Ponder:
1. Share the gospel even when you are worn out.
And He had to pass through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. - John 4:4-6This scripture tells us that Jesus was tired. What if Jesus had failed to share with the woman at the well because He was too tired? Her life might have turned out very differently.
2. Share the gospel even when they are not like you.
Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) - John 4:9What if Jesus had not shared with the woman because she was a Samaritan? Be diligent about sharing the gospel with people who are different - no matter the differences.
3. Share the gospel even when it is awkward.
But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.Conversations can be awkward, especially when the topic is sin; however, we must embrace it because it is for their good.
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” - John 4:14-18
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. - Romans 5:124. Share the gospel even when they try to justify their lifestyle.
Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” - John 4:20-25When sharing the gospel with others, be gentle. We are not trying to win an argument. We are trying to win a soul.
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