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Introduction to the Gospel of John. Sharing the Word of God from Highest to Lowest John 4:1-42 Principles of Sharing God’s Word. Our Path For Today’s Session. John’s Testimony and his Purpose for the Gospel The Saving Power of the Gospel of John

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Sharing the word of god from highest to lowest john 4 1 42 principles of sharing god s word

Introduction to the Gospel of John

Sharing the Word of God from Highest to Lowest

John 4:1-42

Principles of Sharing God’s Word


Our path for today s session

Our Path For Today’s Session

  • John’s Testimony and his Purpose for the Gospel

  • The Saving Power of the Gospel of John

  • Principles of Sharing from John, Chapter 4

  • How to use the Pocket Testaments for Sharing

    Let’s All Read John’s Gospel and Give it this Easter Season!

    http://www.ptl.org/resources/21dc.php


Who was john

Who was John?

1 John 1:1-2 (NLT) “We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us.”


The purpose and power of john s gospel

The Purpose and Power of John’s Gospel

John 20:30-31 (NLT) 30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have [eternal] life by the power of his name.


Jesus and the samaritan woman

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

How Can We Effectively Share the Gospel of John?


Sharing the word of god from highest to lowest john 4 1 42 principles of sharing god s word

Holman Illustrated Study Bible Maps, 2006


References for our study

References for Our Study

  • The Gospel of John (2003) Feature Film

    • Based on the Good News Bible

    • Philip Saville, Director

    • Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus

  • John 4:3-44 – Thru The Bible with Dr. J. Vernon McGee

  • http://www.ptl.org/about/


Watch for these principles of sharing

Watch for these Principles of Sharing

  • Seek the Spirit’s Leading

  • Appeal to Their Curiosity and Interests

  • Recognize Personal Sin for Seeking Salvation

  • Avoid Tangential Debates about Religion

  • Plant the Word of God Through the Gospel

  • Connect Them to a Relationship with Jesus

  • Know that You will be Refreshed

    On to a 6 minute movie clip of John 4


Seek the spirit s leading

Seek the Spirit’s Leading

  • John 4:4-5 (NLT) 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

  • John 4:34 (NLT) 4:34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.


Appeal to their curiosity

Appeal to their Curiosity

  • John 4:9-10 (NLT) 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”


Recognize personal sin

Recognize Personal Sin

  • John 4:16-18 (NLT) 16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. 17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”


Avoid tangential debates

Avoid Tangential Debates

  • John 4:19-20, 24 (NLT) 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” …24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”


Plant the word of god

Plant the Word of God

  • John 4:14, 26 (NLT) 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” …26 Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!”


The bridge illustration intro to gospels

The Bridge Illustration - Intro to Gospels

  • Read the Plan of Salvation aloud with the person.

  • Have them read key verses out loud.

  • Guide them through the bridge illustration and ask questions, like asking if they have tried some of the ways to reach God that are shown.

  • If they admit their sins, are ready to believe and receive Christ, then ask them to pray with you. What matters most is not the exact words used but the attitude of the heart.


Connect them to jesus

Connect Them to Jesus

  • John 4:40-42 (NLT) 40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42 Then 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.”


You will be refreshed

You will be Refreshed

  • John 4:31-34 (NLT) 31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But 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. 34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.


Principles of sharing god s word

Principles of Sharing God’s Word

  • Seek the Spirit’s Leading

  • Appeal to Their Curiosity and Interests

  • Recognize Personal Sin for Seeking Salvation

  • Avoid Tangential Debates about Religion

  • Plant the Word of God Through the Gospel

  • Connect Them to a Relationship with Jesus

  • Know that You will be Refreshed

  • Pray for those to whom you give Gospels


If you desire more training

If you desire more training…

  • Evangelism Boot Camp training course at: http://www.ptl.org/resources/bc7.php

  • The Got Questions team is offering basic training in sharing your faith through an

    Evangelism Training Workshop:

    • Sunday April 22 from12:30 - 2:00 pm

    • In Room 1410

    • Contact [email protected]


Testimony of the power of the gospel

Testimony of the Power of the Gospel

  • http://vimeo.com/36845258

  • Or Pocket Testament DVD short version

  • 21 Day Challenge to Read the Gospel of John http://www.ptl.org/resources/21dc.php


Sharing the word of god from highest to lowest john 4 1 42 principles of sharing god s word

Back Up Slides


Jesus nine i am statements

Jesus’ Nine “I AM” Statements


The greek verb for i am

The Greek Verb for “ I am”

  • Greek Word: εἰμί

  • Transliterated Word: eimiRoot: a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb;

  • Definition: I exist, I am:--

    From: New American Standard Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.


Our sound approach for bible study

Our Sound Approach for Bible Study

  • Observation—What does the text say? (80%)

    • Answer: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How

  • Interpretation—What does the text mean? (15%)

    • Content, Context, Comparison, Culture, Consultation

  • Application—How do I apply it to my life? (5%)

    • Appropriate personal questions to consider.

    • This step leads to “I” and “my” statements of application.


Breaking the ice at your table

“Breaking the Ice” at Your Table

Introduce yourselves and then discuss for 3 minutes:

John 4:35b-37 (NLT) 35b The fields are already ripe for harvest. 36 The 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! 37 You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true.


The gospel of john

The Gospel of John

  • Fourth Gospel unlike the others

  • Written much later – c. 90 A.D. from Ephesus

  • John Rylands Papyrus from AD 130 in Egypt

  • Written in a much different style

  • Partly to combat the Gnostic beliefs

  • Contains new material of Jesus’ ministry


Three principles of sharing

Three Principles of Sharing

  • Deal with the interested – John 4:10

  • Emphasize the need for repentance – John 4:17

  • Focus on coming to Christ, not to church – John 4:23

    From: White for Harvest, Lon Solomon May 15, 2005


Principles of sharing the messiah

Principles of Sharing the Messiah

  • Salvation comes from God’s Word

  • Salvation is available to everyone

  • Sharing works best one on one

  • Sanctification establishes new believers

  • New believers can share wholeheartedly

  • Spiritual nourishment comes from sharing

  • You may be planting so others may reap


Table group discussion

TABLE GROUP DISCUSSION:

  • What is revelation to you? How did God reveal Himself and His purposes to you, initially?

  • What thoughts have you heard from MBC attendees about who God accepts into his presence in Heaven?

  • How did

  • Read Leviticus 17:11 together and analyze what it objectively says. What does it say, not what it ‘means’?


Jesus christ s claim of exclusivity

Jesus Christ’s Claim of Exclusivity

John 14:6-7 (NASB)

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him."


John s purpose in the holy spirit

John’s Purpose in the Holy Spirit

  • Proclaim Christ’s life, death, and resurrection

  • Show that Jesus is God’s son - Devine

  • Show that His salvation is for all people

  • Leave a eyewitness testimony to His majesty

  • Put God’s Word in our hands

  • Testify that Eternal Life is found only in Jesus


Sharing the word of god from highest to lowest john 4 1 42 principles of sharing god s word

Granddaughter Kate Smith-born 11/22/11


Why we can believe the bible

Why We Can Believe The Bible.

Adapted from: “M-A-P-S to Guide You through Biblical Reliability” by Hank Hanegraaff


Destroyed for lack of knowledge

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Hosea 4:6a, 13a, 14b (HCSB)

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from serving as My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your sons.” “They sacrifice on the mountaintops, and they burn offerings on the hills, …People without discernment are doomed.”


What does this mean to me

What Does This Mean to Me?

  • Perhaps you know that Bible believing churches say that Jesus is the only way (John 14:6), but you have really understood why.

  • Perhaps you believe and understand the uniqueness of Christ’s life and death but have a hard time explaining this to others!

  • Perhaps you agree that other religions are a path to eternal life and don’t want to be narrow-minded


Necessary disclaimer

Necessary Disclaimer

  • Focusing only on the big picture related to the Day of Atonement not on any other Jewish feasts or sacrifices

  • All Jewish feasts and sacrifices are described in exceedingly great detail throughout the Old Testament

  • We will examine Leviticus 16 which describes the specific Hebrew sacrifices which covered over all “sins done in ignorance” – The Day of Atonement

  • This sacrifice relates more specifically to Christ and His work than any other single sacrifice in the OT Law.


Your instructor

Your Instructor

  • Name:Rob Stites ([email protected])

    McLean University Instructor

  • Wife: Donna Stites (19 years this February)

  • Home:Reston, VA

  • Career:Software Quality Assurance

  • Family:3 daughters: Lauren Smith (married), Rebekah (17), and Sarah (15) – and now grandson Ian Robert Smith (1½)

  • Testimony: I became a truly devoted follower of Christ after finishing a study of the Gospel of John during my Freshman year at Indiana University. I was later trained in discipleship by the Navigators. I have invested over 30 years of my life exploring what the Bible says and means.


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