Read John 4.27-42
“Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?”
It’s so easy it’s brilliant. The Woman at the Well becomes the Evangelist of the Town by giving a simple invitation. Anyone who had a religious bone in their body showed up that afternoon to see if this “Messiah” was in fact the one they had heard about. They probably came for all kinds of reasons but the bottom line is they came and heard the words of Jesus. (Jn 4.41) The result was many believed and made the profession of faith, “we believe.” (Jn 4.42) All the woman had to do is issue the invitation.
I was standing in line at a local restaurant waiting to order. I commented to man in front of me that we had this great worship service and he ought to check it out. I mentioned the time and place and that was the end of the conversation. Low and behold, he showed up the next Sunday with his family in tow. He has been attending the service for four years and both he and his wife have committed their lives to Christ. This is not an isolated story that I chose because it has the best ending. Actually, we see dozens of men and women come to Christ through a very aggressive lifestyle of simple invitations. We have printed up some business cards with the time and place of our chapel and Bible study and hand them out like candy. With all the folks in the ministry doing this we invite hundreds of people a week. And they come. I usually have 4-8 non-Christians in my Bible study every week. But it doesn’t stop there. Once they get to the Bible study or chapel service we sit in the back pin pointing the new folks and form a community net for new fish now swimming in the our pool. We invite them to a meal or some fun activity. We ask them about their spiritual journey. We begin to find out how we can love and serve them. We invite them to study the Bible with us and discover who Jesus is. As they are swimming in this environment of grace and truth, we consistently see people surrender their lives to Jesus. And it all started with a simple invitation. Want to learn how to do this simple method of evangelism? Come and see. FJ37
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