As a new Christian might, excited by newfound salvation, one doesn’t just run out willy-nilly into the streets and win souls for Christ. It helps to learn the ropes a bit and there is no better way than to follow Jesus’ example.
Pastor Giardino has spent the better part of 2010 doing just that, teaching his flock to spread the gospel and win souls the way Jesus would. These past two Wednesday evenings, our pastor has been teaching the ways of Jesus from the 4th chapter of the gospel of John. When Jesus told his disciples that “he must needs go through Samaria” (John 4:4), it was not only for the purpose of soul winning, but to teach His disciples the important lesson of following God’s will.
As the disciples left to seek food, Jesus sat wearily on the well and was approached by a woman of Samaria who was after water. “Jesus said unto her, Give me to drink” (John 4:7), which astonished the woman “for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” (John 4:9). Jesus, in His dialogue with the woman, saw her spiritual need, spoke of “a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14) and revealed himself as the “Messias”. The woman had been searching for something, and now having had the needs of her soul quenched, she went off and witnessed of Christ to the people of the city. Many came and “believed on Him” (John 4:39).
When the disciples returned, Christ taught that it is the will of God that all men be saved (even Samarians). Jesus said, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35). Pastor Giardino explained that, once the Samarian woman had come under conviction, she witnessed to the city. However, the disciples were doing nothing and were more concerned with the physical than the spiritual. Jesus taught that our needs are more than just physical. Just as your body is thirsty, so too can you soul be thirsty.
Note: Upcoming this Sunday is the visit of Evangelist Tom Bard, who will be preaching at both the morning and evening services. He will be joined at the pulpit by his son Peter during the evening service. Don’t miss it!