John 6. Forum Discussion

Evangelism through works

Earlier in our studies, we noted that the Gospel of John records seven miracles performed by Jesus.

  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 6:1-13.
  5. Walking on water. – John 6:16-21.
  6. Restoring site to the blind man. – John 9:1-7.
  7. Raising Lazarus from the dead. – John 11:1-44.

In chapter 6, we see two of those miracles carried out:

  • Feeding the multitude. – John 6:1-13.
  • Walking on water. – John 6:16-21.

During our forum discussion on John 1, we suggesting keeping an eye out for the following pattern as you read John’s Gospel:

  1. Jesus performs a miracle.
  2. Crowds gather.
  3. Jesus teaches them.

Jesus had purpose in the miracles that He performed. Many times, it was to create a buzz so He could share the teachings of His Father. Many people that witnessed the miracles of Jesus became more receptive to hearing the Gospel.

While we cannot perform the miracles that Jesus did, there are things that we can do to help people be more receptive to the Gospel.   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 evangelical conference where the speaker was teaching the class the importance of being active in our communities, and how serving others can help spread the Gospel. The speaker talked about how the early disciples were regularly out in their community working for God.   The people they were serving in their community would then ask questions, but not until the disciples had put in some “sweat equity.”   The work they put in opened the door to meaningful conversations about people’s faith.

The speaker then talked about how the effectiveness of our evangelical efforts increases dramatically when we are active in our communities. He stressed not to be the one to bring up the Gospel first.   Simply be with the people and get to know them, while serving their needs. Eventually, as the relationship forms, they may ask a spiritual question. The answer must always come from the Gospel.  Quoting the right scripture at the right time is one of the best ways to evangelize.  Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy:

" Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15.

Here is how the speaker explained the idea of evangelism through works:

  1. Disciples actively work in their communities.
  2. The Holy Spirit moves.
  3. The people that are the recipients of the disciple’s work will eventually ask questions.
  4. The Gospel is always the answer.

As discussed, people do not care how much we know until they know how much we care.  We should intentionally, with purpose, look for opportunities to serve our community. This is one of the greatest and most practical ways we can glorify God.

While working in our communities, the Holy Spirit will work in us. Eventually, when we are asked a question or questions, we need to provide an answer from the Bible and quote scripture.

Evangelism through works is one of the ways we can serve God and glorify His name.

If you would like to learn more about the subject of evangelism, please click the link below:

Virtual Bible Study's Forum Discussion Entitled, "Evangelism."

We will conclude today’s study with the following scripture that highlights the necessity of combining work with our faith:

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.

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John

Tremendous commentary. Thank you!

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