Reaching Out to People Who Don't Know Jesus

Posted on 11/30/16 by John Lindell in Prayer Meeting

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an inspiring sermon titled, “Reaching Out to People Who Don’t Know Jesus.” Join us as we study scripture from John 4:27-42 and learn key truths about sharing the Gospel with others. Our prayer is that this message is a source of encouragement as you influence others for Jesus.

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Reaching Out to People Who Don’t Know Jesus

John 4:27-42 NLT
27Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” 28The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29“Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30So the people came streaming from the village to see him. 31Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” 33“Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. 34Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. 35You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. 36The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! 37You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. 38I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.” 39Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”

John 4:35 NLT
35You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.

1st We mush pray for divine appointments

John 4:3-4 NLT
3So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. 4He had to go through Samaria on the way.

2nd We cannot worry about what others will think

John 4:27-28 NLT
27Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” 28The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone,

3rd We must make sharing the Gospel a priority in our lives

John 4:31-34 NLT
31Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” 33“Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. 34Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.

4th We must understand the difference between the spiritual world and the physical world

John 4:35 NLT
35You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.

5th We must see with spiritual eyes

John 4:30 NLT
30So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

John 4:35 NLT
35You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.

6th We can know God has been working in the lives of people even before we talk to them

John 4:37-38 NLT
37You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. 38I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”

7th We will experience joy when others come to Christ

John 4:36 NLT
36The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!

John 4:42 NLT
42Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”