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Are You a Contagious Christian? (John 4:1-26)

John Beiler, August 25, 2013
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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A month ago John got a phone call from a friend whose Dad was battling cancer. He wanted John to come and
spend time with him. He was a Christian but fell away. John was able by the grace of God to lead him back to the
Lord.
If we refuse to share our faith, it will affect our faith and our growth. When we break this cycle of not sharing, it
gives new energy and we naturally want to praise God. This is what it does for us.
? Motivates us to let our light shine before men
? Gives new sense of purpose
? Is fulfilling to our inner man
The woman at the well was led to share her life account with Christ.
People without Christ are facing death with no hope.
A man named Tony took people to Haiti to help feed people. The toughest job was to stand at the door and tell the
people “the food is all”. There are people all around us that prestige and power will not fill. The only way they can be
filled is through Christ. Jesus commanded us to be a witness to go and make disciples. Because of our love for God,
we care about the people around us.
This is a story about a Korean woman who had a girl out of wedlock. She did not look Korean, so she was rejected.
The mother tried for seven years to help her daughter, but eventually abandoned her on the streets. For two years
she was at an orphanage. Someone came to adopt a boy. This girl spent all day helping the boy get ready and clean
up. The man lay his hands on her and said, “I want her too”. She was 9 years old and weighed 30 pounds. The girl
rejected him, but they returned the next day. She then accepted the adoption and they took her with them to the
states.
In spite of us being severed by sin, God reaches out and says “I love you”. He wants to adopt us and make us His
own.
John 4: 1-26 Jesus was persistent. He intentionally went through Samaria to share with this lady. Love motivates us
to share the gospel. We need to look at people with grace filled eyes as Jesus did. We should not let barriers keep us
from reaching people. Lifestyles reflect people’s spiritual needs.
—Jesse Hershberger

John 4:1-26

1When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4And he must needs go through Samaria. 5Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. (KJV)

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