January 31, 2016
All In – Reaching
Rounding out our All In series, Pastor Yogi delivered this message on reaching others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Drawing from the passage in John 4 where Jesus interacted with the Samaritan woman at the well, Yogi shared stories from his own life of when he came to Christ at age 18. But in the story of John 4, Jesus puts on a clinic of how to relate to people outside of Christianity. Here are six things that we can do to make sure we are reaching others with the Gospel.
Take the initiative. Jesus had a lot of reasons not to talk to that woman, but he initiated conversation with her anyway.
Break down the barriers. Jesus didn’t care that she was a Samaritan woman; he loved her all the more because of the barriers between them.
Take time to get to know the story. Don’t make projects of people; actually build relationships with others.
Be lovingly persistent, bringing them back to the main point. The woman at the well changed the subject when things got too personal, but Jesus brought her back to the real issue.
Give them hope and purpose. Jesus offers both.
Encourage them toward transformation that only Christ can bring. God loves us, and he is at work in us to make us more like his Son.