witnessing: What Did Jesus Do? wdjd

witnessing: What Did Jesus Do? wdjd

Postby mrshalfcent on Sat Feb 28, 2004 8:04 pm

<!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>I am jumping ahead in the series but feel compelled to post this lesson in conjunction with lesson 1. Do lesson 1 first then go to this one. It will make more sense.<br>
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Personal Witnessing:<br>
How Jesus Did It<br>
“Before I can preach love, mercy, and grace, I must<br>
preach sin, Law, and judgment.”<br>
In this lesson we will look at the story of the woman<br>
at the well from a very different perspective than perhaps you ever have<br>
before. Here we see Jesus in action, witnessing to a stranger in an everyday<br>
situation. It is so instructive that we’ve called it “The Way of the Master.”<br>
Q U E S T I O N S & O B J E C T I O N S<br>
“I’ve made my peace with ‘the Man upstairs.’”<br>
When people refer to God as “the Man upstairs,” they reveal that they<br>
have no concept of (nor living relationship with) Him. They will use such<br>
words because they feel uncomfortable saying His name. Often they will<br>
have a measure of reverence for God, but not enough to obey Him. Ask if<br>
the person thinks he will go to heaven when he dies. He’ll almost certainly<br>
say he will, and a little probing will reveal that he’s trusting in his own<br>
goodness to save him. However, the only way sinners can have peace with<br>
the God they have offended is through the shed blood of the Savior.<br>
Therefore, it’s important to take the person through the Ten Commandments<br>
to strip him of his self-righteousness and his false sense of<br>
assurance of salvation. As you do so, you may feel bad that you are making<br>
him uncomfortable, but if you care about his eternal salvation, you<br>
must ask yourself, “Which is worse: a few moments of conviction under<br>
the sound of God’s Law, or eternity in the Lake of Fire?” Unless there is a<br>
knowledge of sin (which comes by the Law—Romans 7:7), there will be<br>
no repentance.<br>
In John 4:7–26, the Bible gives us the Master’s example of how to share<br>
the gospel. Notice that Jesus spoke to the woman at the well when she<br>
was alone. When witnessing, we will often find that people are more<br>
open and honest when they are alone. So, if possible, pick a person who is<br>
sitting by himself.<br>
From these verses, we can see four clear principles to follow. I call this<br>
the RCCR method of evangelism, which consists of Relate, Create, Convict,<br>
and Reveal. Let’s see how Jesus put these into practice.<br>
Relate: Jesus began by relating to her in the natural realm (v. 7). This<br>
woman was unregenerate, and the Bible tells us “the natural man receives<br>
not the things of the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:14). He therefore<br>
spoke of something she could relate to—water.Most of us can strike up a<br>
conversation with a stranger in the natural realm. It may be a friendly<br>
“How are you doing?” or a sincere “Good morning!” If the person responds<br>
with a sense of warmth, we may then ask, “Do you live around<br>
here?” and from there develop a conversation.<br>
Create: Jesus created an opportunity to talk about the spiritual realm (v.<br>
10). He simply mentioned the things of God. This will take courage. We<br>
may say something like, “Did you go to church on Sunday?” or “Did you<br>
see that Christian TV program last week?” If the person responds positively,<br>
the question “Do you have a Christian background?” will probe his<br>
background. He may answer, “I went to church when I was a child, but I<br>
drifted away from it.”<br>
Another simple way to swing to the spiritual is to offer the person a<br>
gospel tract and ask, “Did you get one of these?”When he takes it, simply<br>
say, “It’s a gospel tract. Do you come from a Christian background?”<br>
Convict: Jesus brought conviction using the Law of God (vv. 16–18.<br>
Jesus gently spoke to her conscience by alluding to the fact that she had<br>
transgressed the Seventh Commandment. He used the Law to bring “the<br>
knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:19,20).We can do the same by asking, “Do<br>
you think you have kept the Ten Commandments?” Most people think<br>
they have, so quickly follow with, “Have you ever told a lie?” This is confrontational,<br>
but if it’s asked in a spirit of love and gentleness, there won’t<br>
be any offense. This is because the “work of the Law [is] written in their<br>
hearts” and their conscience will also bear “witness” (Romans 2:15).<br>
Jesus confronted the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18–21 with five of<br>
the Ten Commandments and there was no offense. Have confidence that<br>
the conscience will do its work and affirm the truth of each Commandment.<br>
Don’t be afraid to gently ask, “Have you ever stolen something,<br>
even if it’s small?”<br>
Learn how to open up the spirituality of the Law and show how God<br>
considers lust to be the same as adultery Matthew 5:27,28 and hatred<br>
the same as murder (1 John 3:15). Make sure you get an admission of<br>
guilt. Then ask the person, “If God judges you by the Ten Commandments<br>
on Judgment Day, do you think you will be innocent or guilty?” If<br>
he says he will be innocent, ask, “Why is that?” If he admits his guilt, ask,<br>
“Do you think you will go to heaven or hell?”<br>
From there the conversation may go one of three ways:<br>
&#9679; He may confidently say, “I don’t believe in hell.” Gently respond, “That<br>
doesn’t matter. You still have to face God on Judgment Day whether<br>
you believe in it or not. If I step onto the freeway when a massive truck<br>
is heading for me and I say, ‘I don’t believe in trucks,’my lack of belief<br>
isn’t going to change reality.” Then tenderly tell him he has already<br>
admitted to you that he has lied, stolen, and committed adultery in<br>
his heart, and that God gave him a conscience so he would know right<br>
from wrong. His conscience and the conviction of the Holy Spirit will<br>
do the rest. That’s why it is essential to draw out an admission of guilt<br>
before you mention Judgment Day or the existence of hell.<br>
&#9679; He may say that he’s guilty, but that he will go to heaven. This is usually<br>
because he thinks that God is “good,” and that He will, therefore, over-<br>
look sin in his case. Point out that if a judge in a criminal case has a<br>
guilty murderer standing before him, the judge, if he is a good man,<br>
can’t just let him go. He must ensure that the guilty man is punished.<br>
If God is good, He must (by nature) punish murderers, rapists, thieves,<br>
liars, adulterers, fornicators, and those who have lived in rebellion to<br>
the inner light that God has given to every man.<br>
&#9679; He may admit that he is guilty and therefore going to hell. Ask him if<br>
that concerns him. Speak to him about how much he values his eyes<br>
and how much more he should value the salvation of his soul.<br>
Reveal: Jesus revealed Himself to her (v. 26). Once the Law has humbled<br>
the person, he is ready for grace. The Bible says that God resists the<br>
proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). The gospel is for the<br>
humble. Only the sick need a physician, and only those who will admit<br>
that they have the disease of sin will truly embrace the cure of the gospel.<br>
Learn how to present the work of the cross—that God sent His Son to<br>
suffer and die in our place, and that Jesus rose from the dead and defeated<br>
death. Take the person back to civil law and say, “It’s as simple as this:<br>
We broke God’s Law, and Jesus paid our fine. If you will repent and trust<br>
in the Savior, God will forgive your sins and dismiss your case.”<br>
Ask him if he understands what you have told him. If he is willing to<br>
confess and forsake his sins, and trust the Savior with his eternal salvation,<br>
have him pray and ask God to forgive him. Then pray for him. Get<br>
him a Bible. Instruct him to read it daily and obey what he reads, and encourage<br>
him to get into a Bible-believing, Christ-preaching church.<br>
Q U E S T I O N S<br>
1. What are the four principles of evangelism that Jesus demonstrated with<br>
the woman at the well?<br>
2. List some different ways to relate in the natural realm to sinners.<br>
3. Why can you ask if someone has kept the Ten Commandments without it<br>
seeming confrontational?<br>
4. Why doesn’t our unbelief negate reality?<br>
5. Why can the sinner not rely on God’s “goodness” to save him?<br>
6. At what point in the evangelism process should you talk about the<br>
Savior? Why?<br>
P R E A C H E R ’ S P R O G R E S S<br>
Christian: “Hi. Do you know of any good churches around here?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “No.”<br>
Christian: “Do you have a Christian background?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “No. I don’t bother with that stuff.”<br>
Christian: “So, you never think about life and death?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “Never.”<br>
Christian: “Do you think that you have kept the Ten Commandments?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “Most of them.”<br>
Christian: “Have you ever told a lie?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “Sure, who hasn’t?”<br>
Christian: “What does that make you?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “A liar?”<br>
Christian: “That’s right. Have you ever stolen anything, even if it’s small?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “Maybe one or two things when I was younger.”<br>
Christian: “What does that make you?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “A thief.”<br>
Christian: “Then, by your own admission, you are a lying thief, and we<br>
have only looked at two of the Ten Commandments. Have you ever used<br>
God’s name in vain?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “Yes. It’s a bit of a habit that I’ve been trying to break.”<br>
Christian: “Do you realize what you have done?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “No, what?”<br>
Christian: “You have taken the name of your Creator—the One who has<br>
given you life—and brought it down to the same level as a four-letter curse<br>
word to express disgust. The Bible says that God will not hold him guiltless<br>
who uses His name in vain.”<br>
Abby Thetic: “Uh . . .”<br>
Christian: “If God were to judge you by this standard, the Ten Commandments,<br>
would you be innocent or guilty on the Day of Judgment?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “By that standard, I would be guilty.”<br>
Christian: “Would you go to heaven or hell?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “I think I would go to heaven.”<br>
Christian: “Why is that? Are you hoping that God will overlook your sins<br>
because He is full of love?”<br>
Abby Thetic: “Yeah, that’s it.”<br>
W O R D S O F C O M F O R T<br>
The Ouachita Mountain Neighbor newspaper in Arkansas reported the following<br>
incident on September 26, 1995:<br>
A local woman in a small town came out of a Wal-Mart store,<br>
placed her groceries in the back of her car, and sat in the driver’s seat.<br>
Suddenly, she heard what sounded like a loud gunshot crashing<br>
through her back window, and in the same instant something impacted<br>
the back of her head. Terrified, she put her hand on the back<br>
of her head and felt the horrific sensation of her warm brains oozing<br>
onto her hand. She screamed in terror and went into a fit of uncontrollable<br>
A number of frantic shoppers immediately called 911 on their<br>
cell phones, and within minutes police arrived and rushed to the aid<br>
of the screaming woman.<br>
After hearing that the woman was literally holding her brains in,<br>
an officer gently pried away her hand and found some gooey, warm<br>
biscuit dough. The woman had purchased a can of the mixture with<br>
her groceries, and it had expanded in the hot sun and exploded with<br>
a bang, sending warm dough onto the back of her head.<br>
“Jesus answered<br>
and said to her,<br>
drinks of this<br>
water shall thirst<br>
again: But whosoever<br>
drinks of<br>
the water that I<br>
shall give him<br>
shall never thirst;<br>
but the water<br>
that I shall give<br>
him shall be in<br>
him a well of<br>
water springing<br>
up into everlasting<br>
JOHN 4:13,14<br>
Thomas Hobbes (1588–1674) was a noted English political philosopher whose<br>
most famous work was Leviathan. This cultured, clever skeptic corrupted many<br>
of the great men of his time. But what hopelessness permeated his last words:<br>
“If I had the whole world, I would give it to live one day. I shall be<br>
glad to find a hole to creep out of the world at. About to take a leap<br>
in the dark!”<br>
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Re: What Did Jesus Do? answers to questions

Postby mrshalfcent on Sat Feb 28, 2004 8:07 pm

The letters “S/A” indicates that the question is to be self-answered; these<br>
are questions where there is no right or wrong answer, or where an<br>
opinion is requested.<br>
L E S S O N 1 7<br>
1. The four principles of evangelism are Relate, Create, Convict, and Reveal<br>
2. S/A.<br>
3. As long as it’s asked in a spirit of love and gentleness, there won’t be any offense<br>
because the “work of the Law [is] written in their hearts” and their<br>
conscience will also bear “witness” (Romans 2:15).<br>
4. Our unbelief will not negate reality because truth can never be altered.<br>
You can stand on the freeway and say you don’t believe in trucks, but that<br>
won’t change the reality that you would become “road kill” if you tried.<br>
Whether someone believes in hell or not, he will still have to face God on<br>
Judgment Day.<br>
5. Sinners may think that God is good so He will not send them to hell; but<br>
because God is a good and just Judge, He must by nature punish all<br>
6. We should tell the sinner about the Savior once he has been humbled by<br>
the Law and is ready for grace. Unless the person is convinced that he has<br>
the disease of sin, he will not embrace the cure of the gospel.<br>
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