Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Apr 3 2011                                "Come, See a Man!"
Sun Am Worship         

Text: John 4:3-34  (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

ILLUS - When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 C. When one of the NASA reps went to brag to a Russian cosmonaut.. the cosmonaut laughed and said "We just use a pencil!"

 

Proverbs 16:25   There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 

John 4:3   He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

John 4:4   And he must needs go through Samaria.

John 4:5   Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

John 4:6   Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

John 4:7   There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

John 4:8   (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

John 4:9   Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

John 4:10   Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

John 4:11   The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

John 4:12   Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

John 4:13   Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

John 4:14   But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 4:15   The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

John 4:16   Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

John 4:17   The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:

John 4:18   For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

John 4:19   The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

John 4:20   Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

John 4:21   Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

John 4:22   Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

John 4:23   But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:24   God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 4:25   The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

John 4:26   Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

John 4:27   And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled t hat he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

John 4:28   The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

John 4:29   Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

John 4:30   Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

John 4:31   In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.

John 4:32   But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

John 4:33   Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

John 4:34   Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

 

John 1: 46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
..and nothing happens until we go!

 

Let's pray.
Father, Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.
Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

The greatest compliment ever paid to Jesus was when he was called a name: "Friend of Sinners" [Pharisees meant as insult!]
Jesus never looked down on them, He loved them..
Jn. 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 

We need a burden! How long has it been since you shed tears for a lost person?

It's high time Christians stop looking down on/condemning lost people and start loving them.

John 3:14   And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

 

John 12:32   And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

 

John 3:16   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

You can't lift him up being carnal.  You share knowledge and not witness. All you can do is talk to a head and not a heart.

 

 New Creature in Christ ... Power in the Blood Power to Save, To Heal To Empower  to Deliver

 

John 7:38   He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

John 7:39   (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

 

Luke 5:37   And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.

Luke 5:38   But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.

 

Matthew 3:11   I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

 

Acts 1:5   For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Acts 1:6   When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

Acts 1:7   And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

Acts 1:8   But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

Mark 16:17   And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18   They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:19   So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Mark 16:20   And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

Acts 2:13   Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

Acts 2:14   But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

Acts 2:15   For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

Acts 2:16   But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

Acts 2:17   And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

Acts 2:18   And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Acts 2:19   And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

 

Farmers? [out standing in your field!] You don't stand around a barrel of seed and pray for harvest? You scatter it..and that which makes contact w/ good ground WILL take root..but not in the barrel!

It's not our job to analyze / judge the soil..but sow seed in it. In the parable of the sower, Jesus sowed seed in 4 places:
By the wayside-birds of air ate it
On stony ground-seed got in on surface, but rock ledge beneath wouldn't allow for roots!
Among thorns-that seed got in and went down, but then couldn't get out!
On good ground-bore fruit

Not for us to decide who will or won't say yes ..we are to invite everyone!
"Don't waste your time on him!"
[wonder if that was ever said of you before saved?]

I Cor. 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

There's no joy I've ever experienced as a Christian like being a part of someone's salvation / what a thrill!

Acts 17:6   And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

Acts 17:7   Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.

 

Ill-pastor at deathbed of church member who said, "I'm not afraid to die..but I am ashamed to die..God left me here on earth to reach others..

I take no one with me!"

 

John 1:19   And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

John 1:20   And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

John 1:21   And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

John 1:22   Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

John 1:23   He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

John 1:24   And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

John 1:25   And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

John 1:26   John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

John 1:27   He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

John 1:29   The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:33   And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

 

"I came into this world with nothing and I still have most of it left"

I don't know if you remember, but there was a commercial a few years back with a man named Stanley Johnson. As he smiles from ear to ear.. he tells us "I've got a great family. I've got a great four bedroom house in a great community. Like my car? It's new. I even belong to the local country club. How do I do it? I'm in debt up to my eyeballs! I can barely pay my finance charges