John 6 Lesson

Evangelizing Through Community Involvement

MIRACLES AND JESUS

The following miracles were performed by Jesus and recorded in the Gospel of John:

  1. Water to wine –John 2:1-10,
  2. Healing the nobleman’s son – John 4:46-54,
  3. Healing the paralytic –John 5:1-16,
  4. Feeding the multitude – John 6:1-14,
  5. Walking on water – John 6:15-21,
  6. Restoring sight to the blind man –John 9:1-7,
  7. Raising Lazarus from the dead. –John 11:1-44.

Jesus had a purpose behind these miracles and a pattern began to emerge.

  1. Jesus would perform a miracle,
  2. Crowds would gather,
  3. Jesus would teach them.

This was a highly effective way to share the Word of God, for Jesus. For the rest of us that are not performing miracles, we need to think and pray about the best way for us to share the Gospel. In today’s lesson, we will look at one such way.

EVANGELIZING THROUGH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Have you ever heard the expression, “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care?”   It is a wise saying and one that we all can learn from as it relates to the subject of evangelism.  

There once was a Christian conference where the speaker was teaching a class the importance of being active in our communities.   He spoke about how serving others is a great way to spread the Gospel and pointed out how the early disciples were regularly out in their community working for God.  

It was his experience that investing time and effort in the local community opened the door for discussion about Jesus?

What the speaker learned was that others noticed his hard work and that he was different. They would sometimes inquire about what he was doing, and he always answered their question with scripture.

He never brought up the Bible first, and he always answered questions with scripture. But not until he had put in the work.

That was how he felt he could do the most good for the Lord.

ENCOURAGEMENT

Another effective way to evangelize is by encouraging those people that God brings into our lives. Everybody is going through something, and everyone could use some encouragement. Taking a few moments to get to know the people around us and offering sincere words of encouragement is a fantastic way to evangelize.

God understands the importance of encouraging others, as evidenced in the following two scriptures:

  1. "Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:11,
  2. “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” - Hebrews 3:13.

CONCLUSION

Each of us has been blessed with our own unique set of spiritual gifts. Whatever talents we have been given; we need to put them to work for the Lord.

A terrific way to do that is by getting involved in our communities. A little “sweat equity” can open the door to meaningful conversations about our faith and our love for Jesus.

We will conclude today’s study with the following scripture:

  • “What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?   If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? In the same way, faith also, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”James 2:14-17.

Comments

Michael

Food pantry is always looking for volunteers.

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John

Tremendous commentary. Thank you!

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