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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

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