How do you tell others about Jesus? How do you share the Gospel with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors? Is it with cleverly-crafted arguments? Rock-solid apologetics? Taking them to a carefully orchestrated event or extragant revival meeting? Or is it with a simple, personal invitation? I believe the last method is the most effective and most Biblical one we can use as we follow Christ’s command to go and make disciples.
In John 4, we meet the first New Testament missionary. In this chapter, Jesus talks to the Samaritan woman at the well, revealing Himself as the Christ to her in verses 7 through 26. When the disciples return, she heads back to town where she begins to tell the people there of her encounter with Jesus. We see her simple invitation to the townspeople in John 4:29, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” Intrigued by this invitation and her testimony, many people followed her back to the well to see and hear Jesus for themselves. Many believed because of her testimony, and the text tells that Jesus stayed with these Samaritans in their town for two days.
In John 4:41-42 we see the result: “And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’” Amazing! From that simple invitation, “Come, see”, many are led to Christ to hear for themselves and believe. It was through Jesus’ word many Samaritans believed and came to know that Jesus was indeed the Christ. No gimmicks and no clever arguments from the Samaritan woman, just a simple invitation to come, see, and hear Jesus’ word.
On his missionary journey to Corinth, the apostle Paul followed a similar pattern in his proclamation:
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
In his preaching to the Corinthians, Paul deliberately avoided lofty arguments in order that his hearers’ faith would rest in the power of God and not man’s wisdom. The gospel “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16) Paul taught about Jesus and the cross, allowing the Word to speak to his audience.
Christian, are you unsure how to tell others about Christ? I encourage you to start with this simple invitation, “Come and see”, and lead them into the Word of God. It is not any more difficult than that. Start a Bible study, letting God’s own Word do the talking through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
If you are reading this and are unsure of what you know or believe regarding Jesus Christ, then my invitation to you is, “Come and see.” Open up a Bible and discover for yourself who Jesus is. Start with the Gospel of John and read with an open mind, asking God to meet you there, hearing from His Word directly. If you don’t have a Bible, that is no problem. The English Standard Version is free online.
Come and see!