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In this message, Pastor Brandon Lindell shares a powerful sermon titled, Words to Live By: Invitation. Join us as we read about the Samaritan woman's invitation for the people in her city to come see Jesus in John 4 and learn how we can effectively invite others to encounter Jesus. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you to cultivate a passion for inviting people into God's presence!
SeriesWords to Live By
Scripture ReferenceJohn 4
Words to Live By: Invitation
John 4:27-42 NLT
Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him. Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. 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! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.” Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 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.”
1. An Exciting Invitation
John 4:28a NLT
The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village…
John 4:29a NLT
“Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did!
2. An Urgent Invitation
John 4:34-35 NLT
Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.”
Luke 19:10b ESV
“…the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
John 1:14 MSG
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
2 Corinthians 4:4b ESV
“…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20a ESV
“…we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.”
Ephesians 3:10a ESV
“…through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known…”
3. A Rewarded Invitation
John 4:36a NLT
The harvesters are paid good wages…