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4725 N Lois Ave.
Tampa, Florida
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Jose Gomez, Sr.
Jose Gomez, Jr.
Mayra Gomez
Mario Carrasco


Sermon & Study Notes

Sharing your faith the Lord's way

Thursday, September 29, 2005 • Rev. Jose' Gomez Sr. • General
Have you ever been scared of sharing your faith with others for fear of being ridiculed or laugh at? Well it doesn't have to be like that.
Jesus illustrates a simple approach of sharing our faith that has results.

Sharing your faith the Lord's way


John 4:4-4:38


"Now he had to go through
Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria
called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.a)
10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."
16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
17 "I have no husband," she replied.
Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."
27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christa?" 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."
32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor"



Have you ever been scared of sharing your faith with others for fear of being ridiculed or laugh at? Well it doesn't have to be like that.
Jesus illustrates a simple approach of sharing our faith that has results.


1. Jesus shared His faith with every day people like us. Like the people we talk to on a daily basis.

A. This particular woman was probably doing her daily chores. Notice verse 7, The Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well. She probably did this on a daily basis.

B. She was somewhat religious but had the wrong concept of serving God. Verse 20-24 she says; "Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in
Jerusalem." Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem
. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

C. She was living a life of sin verse 16, He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
17 "I have no husband," she replied.
Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
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2. Jesus shared His faith with those that God directed Him to.
-Notice He had to go thru
Samaria
.
- The Lord will bring you into contact with people that need ministry and you need to grab every opportunity that comes your way.


3. He ministered to people that were considered outcasts. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.a)
A. she was a Samaritan. The Samaritans were considered unclean and half breed.
-Some may have been considered a type of Samaritan or outcast at some point in their lives.
B. She was an adulterer. He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
17 "I have no husband," she replied.
Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 "The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."


How does Jesus teach us to overcome the fear of sharing our faith with others?
1. Realize that you have something that others are very much in need of.
Verse 13, Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."

2. Realize that everyone will be confronted with the truth at some point in their life and will have to make a decision. The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."

3. Know your purpose in God's Kingdom. And know that your destiny is somewhat intertwined with someone else's destiny
-Notice what Jesus said to the disciples; "My food, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

5. Don't leave for tomorrow what God has allowed you to do today.
Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

6. Be content with the part God has given you.
"Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor"

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