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How to Be an Effective Witness (4 of 4)
Series: Jesus and the Woman at the Well
INTRODUCTION: Of all the jobs I have held I was only fired from one - the first. The summer after high school graduation I went to work as a warehouseman at a building supply store named Scottys. I did fine in that position but before long I was asked to make deliveries driving the flat-bed truck. For this I was not well-prepared. The truck had side-mirrors that stuck way out which were used for backing up. I ripped these side mirrors off while backing through a narrow fence gate. The truck had a company sign on top of the cab used for advertising. I bent that sign flat when I parked the truck in a garage with a low ceiling. The final straw was when three 50-pound buckets of roofing tar fell off my truck onto a bridge I was crossing in rush-hour traffic, because they had been improperly secured by me. I had to pick those messy buckets up as people in the backed up traffic slowly passed me by, rolling down their windows and telling me their opinions of me in highly colorful language. My boss called me in and suggested I look for another line of work. It was at that point that I considered Bible college. Suffice it to say that I wasn't effective in that job.
Toward the end of His ministry Jesus told the twelve disciples that after he went back to Heaven and they received the Holy Spirit they would be His witnesses. When the time came they were ready. However, early in His ministry, when Jesus met and conversed with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, the disciples were far from ready to be witnesses.
In this, our final sermon in a series of four from this encounter, I want us to see four characteristics that will help each one of us be more effective witnesses.
We find these four characteristics by contrasting the disciples with the Samaritan woman and with Jesus Himself.
I. AN EFFECTIVE WITNESS HAS DESIRE 25-27
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