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LEAD2016 -Day 1 Session 1 – the Power of Salvation

Pastor Jeffrey Rachmat, JPCC

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.” (John 4:39-42, NLT)

Religion comes in many names. Salvation only comes from Jesus.

Salvation is the key for us to live a great life in Christ.

1         The Importance of the Atmosphere

Jesus was obeying the Spirit when he passed through Samaria. When we are near the well which is the source of water for the village, we are bound to meet someone. (John 4:4-6)

Jesus asked his disciples to go get food. (John 4:7-8, 31-33) Yet, he did not eat when they came back with food. He just wanted to be alone to create an atmosphere to have a good and open conversation with the Samaritans. If the disciples were there, they could be a stumbling block that prevent Jesus from ministering to the Samaritans.

The atmosphere is very important. Jesus could not perform any miracles in Galilee because of their unbelief. Jesus wanted to protect the atmosphere when he sees faith. When he was going to pray for Jairus’ daughter, he stopped the crowd from following. He brought 3 disciples. When he arrived, the family was crying and wailing. To protect the faith of Jairus to channel the transforming power of God, he asked them to leave.

In Mark 8:22-23, Jesus took the blind man out of the village. He then spat on the man’s eyes and restored his sight. He also told the man not to go back to the village.

We need to control the environment or the environment will control us. We intentionally build that atmosphere – how we greet people, how the songs are sung, etc.

We can be so caught up in our daily routine that we forgot about the importance of the atmosphere.

2         Relationship precedes Ministry

Back to the well. A Samaritan woman came to get water at the well. If Peter was there, he would have been a stumbling block. Jesus asked water from the woman. We read that Jesus did not even drink any water. We Christians can be so busy with our own world / activities, we forgot how to engage with the world. We even develop a language and use jargons that only we understand. How can a pre-believer understand how to give glory to God? They may observe and get the idea that it’s clapping.

3         Don’t sweat the small stuff

We are disconnected. If we want to win the man, we must first win the heart. The key to unlock every door is always small. It doesn’t matter how big the door is, the key is small. They key to church growth could be a small detail. We can often step into someone’s world by using simple language they understand.

Language connect people. If we develop our own language, we get disconnected with the people we want to talk to.

The woman was surprised when Jesus spoke to her. At that time, the Jews wanted nothing to do with the Samaritans. Jesus took the opportunity to teach a valuable lesson to everyone. The Jews saw themselves are of a higher level than the Samaritans. By asking water from the Samaritan woman, he set up a wonderful environment for open discussion. When trust is there, the people will feel secured. The security will cause people to open up. The conversation led to Jesus revealing himself as the Messiah, just before the disciples returned (v27). True enough, they were shocked. None of they had the nerve to ask the obvious.

The woman left the jar at the well and ran back to the village to tell the villagers about Jesus. Jesus started to fill her life and addressed her current situation. She ran to tell about Jesus. That was a life transforming moment. Everyone in the village knew who the woman was. If she could change, there is hope for everybody!

We need to know how to build an environment of faith and learn how to connect with people. Often times, we stand in the way.

Conclusion

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.The purpose of God in transforming us and in filling us with the Holy Spirit is for us to do good things for others. (Ephesians 2:2,9)

Many Christians live for themselves. We keep looking for God as if He is running around keeping away the best from us. Jesus is the best that can happen to our lives.

Consider Zacchaeus. He climbed a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus. Jesus went to his house for a meal, creating an environment for Him to talk to him privately. And Zecchaeus repented.

We do not do good things in order to get saved. We are saved so we can do good things.

It is very easy for us to have only Christian friends. But if we do that, we cannot reach out to non-believers.

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