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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
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
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
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

4:1 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” (ESV)

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