A woman from the well came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
The sermon today at Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah was about witnessing. Pastor Dr. Dan Summerlin said there are two uncomfortable topics that he covers; one is tithing and the other is witnessing.
Scripture was taken from the Book of John Chapter 4 versus 3 through 27. The story was about the Samaritan woman at the well. Many of us have heard this Bible story before. The story begins with Jesus traveling from Judaea to Galilee and wanting to go by way of Samaria.
In case you didn't know, Samaritans and Jews have a long history of bad blood. To say that they didn't like each other was an understatement. For this reason, the disciples didn't understand why Jesus wanted to go 'through' Samaria as opposed to going around it. Jesus' plan was to speak with the woman at the well.
You see, the woman had been divorced five times and was considered immoral. Jesus' goal was to save 'the one'.
Why should we tell others about Jesus? For our spiritual health...to be more like Jesus. If you want to be more like Christ, you've got to take care of your spiritual health daily; part of taking care of your spiritual health is telling others about Jesus.
When reading John Chapter 4 versus 3 through 27, you'll find Jesus working his conversational miracles. He begins speaking with the woman about wanting a drink of water...liquid water. By the end of the conversation, he's speaking about everlasting water and never being thirsty again.
Witnessing to others isn't an easy thing. Dr. Summerlin said there are three key points to this passage that will help us build our spiritual health.
1. We need a plan for all, but a passion for one. Going after 'that one' could make all the difference in the world. Think about your husband, wife, children, brothers, sisters, if they were in danger, would you not do all you could to save 'that one'? It's the same with Jesus, he'll do all he can to save 'that one'.
2. Turn everyday conversations into Gospel conversations. Again, that's what Jesus did with the woman at the well. He turned a conversation about liquid water into one about everlasting water and never thirsting again.
3. We need to focus on obedience and not outcomes. Being spiritually healthy means trying everyday. That's what God expects; us to try everyday. Don't worry if your witnessing doesn't always result in 'saving' someone. The plan is to try everyday to do so.
Take the time to read John Chapter 4. Remind yourself that sharing your story with others doesn't have to be a Hollywood production...it's telling your story, using your words, with God's direction. An easy way to be prepared, if ever the ,opportunity presents itself, is to remember the ABC's; Admit, Believe, Confess.