APPROACHING A STRANGER WITH THE GOSPEL

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 4:7 KJV” There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.”

Meeting the woman of Samaria was the reason for all that the Lord Jesus had to go through. His main agenda was to communicate the good news to her and then through her testimony, win the rest of the city. She was very strategic to the Lord. Remember that she came to the well at twelve noon, a time that most people did not go to fetch water. When they met, it was the Lord who begun the conversation. The Lord had gone there, because of her, and so had to do everything possible to win her. He asked her give me some water to drink. The water was not the main concern of the master, it was a means to communicate the real message to her. His aim was to get her soul saved or come to believe in the Lord Jesus.

Approaching a complete stranger is a real challenge to a number of children of God. The challenge is basically, what would this person say in response to what I may tell him? There are many ways of approaching an enquirer to share the good news.  There is the direct approach, in which the Christian may introduce himself and ask for the consent of the enquirer to give him a moment to discuss the word with him or her. This normally happens when you have approached an individual in his or her house. There is also the indirect approach. The indirect approach is normally applied when, you find a neighbour with you in a bus, waiting in a queue or at a shop and so on. One of the ways of the indirect approach is what the Lord used. It is a way of engaging the attention of the one you seek to share the gospel with by asking for a help, like Jesus did. The Lord said, give me some water to drink. You may also offer a help of some kind and then go on to share the gospel with them. Always have a mind to communicate the gospel with as many people that you meet. Take time to pray for the Spirit to prepare anyone you are led to speak to.

The greatest hurdle to overcome is the fear of how you would be received. Always get your mind prepared with the following thought. You are bound to face two different responses.  You may either be accepted or rejected. Be ready for any of the two. The truth is, a higher number of people would be ready to give you a hearing. Starting a conversation is an art that one grows to acquire and master over a time of practice. The most important part is your deep love for the man or woman to come to know Jesus. Love is a fertile ground for the Holy Spirit to fully function on. So long as the Holy Spirit takes charge you would find it more easier approaching and ultimately getting the right message to the one.

 LOVE for the lost is the key.

THOUGHT:  LOVE FOR SOULS IS THE MYSTERY FOR SUCCESS IN WINNING THE LOST FOR CHRIST

FURTHER STUDIES

Rom 5:5 KJV “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

2 Corinth 5:14 KJV” For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”

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