The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 39 (Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #174)

Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #174

Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #174.

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which reads: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:

Paul wanted to reemphasize the importance of “Scripture” in Timothy’s present and future ministry. His emphasis in verse 15 was on its importance in Timothy’s life in the past.

There is no reason to limit the universal force of “all” to matters of salvation. When the Greek word translated “all” or “every” (pas) occurs with a technical noun such as “Scripture,” it is better to render it “all” rather than “every.” Furthermore, the context seems to suggest that Paul had Scripture as a whole in view. Paul had been speaking of the Old Testament as a whole in verse 15, and he undoubtedly carried that thought over into verse 16.

“All Scripture,” furthermore, is divinely “inspired” (Gr. theopneustos (theh-op’-nyoo-stos), lit. “God-breathed,”). This fact in itself should be adequate reason for proclaiming it. It does not merely contain the Word of God, or become the Word of God under certain conditions. It is God’s Word, the expression of His Person (heart, mind, will, etc.). This was the view of the Hebrew Bible that Jews in the first century commonly held.

“Scripture” means “sacred writing,” and applies to all divinely inspired writings (Old and New Testaments). The Greeks used the word graphe, translated “Scripture,” to refer to any piece of writing, but the New Testament writers used it only of holy Scripture. When Paul made this statement, the books of our Old Testament were primarily the inspired writings he had in view. However, even in Paul’s day, Christians recognized some New Testament books as inspired.

“God’s activity of ‘breathing’ and the human activity of writing are in some sense complementary.”

Scripture is useful. Therefore Timothy should use it in his ministry. It is “profitable for teaching” (causing others to understand God’s truth) and “reproof” (bringing conviction of error when there has been deviation from God’s truth). It is helpful for “correction” (bringing restoration to the truth when there has been error) and “training in righteousness” (childtraining type guidance in the ways of right living that God’s truth reveals). This is a selective, rather than an exhaustive, list of the ways in which the Scriptures are useful. In Romans 15:4, Paul wrote that God also gave the Scriptures so that people could have hope.

“They are profitable for doctrine (what is right), for reproof (what is not right), for correction (how
to get right), and for instruction in righteousness (how to stay right).”

“Here stress is only laid on such [purposes] as affect the teacher’s task in face of misleading teaching.”

“… no one can get even the slightest taste of right and sound doctrine unless he be a pupil of
Scripture.”

Consequently, “the man (or woman) of God” has all that is essential to fulfill his (or her) ministry. The “man of God” refers to Timothy, but also to anyone who commits himself (or herself) to God, especially, in view of the context, those in positions of spiritual oversight. He is “adequate” (complete, filled out, “equipped” with all the essential tools he needs) “for every good work.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Billy Graham. He said: “I am convinced that people are open to the Christian message if it is seasoned with authority and proclaimed as God’s own Word.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 39 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.

Demonstration – Using Scripture

Another aspect of Jesus’ life that was vividly portrayed to the disciples was the importance and use of the Holy Scriptures. This was evident both in maintaining His own personal devotion and in winning others to the Way. Often He would take special pains to impress on His followers the meaning of some passage in the Bible, and He never ceased to use the Scriptures in His conversation with them. Altogether there are at least sixty-six references to the Old Testament in His dialogues with the disciples in the four Gospels, to say nothing of the more than ninety allusions to it in His speaking with others.

All this served to show the disciples how they, too, should know and use the Scriptures in their own life. The principles of Bible exhortation were practiced before them so repeatedly that they could not help but catch on to at least some of the rules for basic scriptural interpretation and application. Moreover, the ability of Jesus to recall so freely Old Testament passages must have impressed the disciples with the necessity of learning the Scriptures by heart, and letting them become the authority for their pronouncements.

In everything it was made abundantly clear that the word written in the Scriptures and the word spoken by Christ were not in contradiction, but rather complemented each other. That which Jesus taught was also to be cherished by His disciples. Hence, the Scriptures, coupled with His own utterance, became for them the objective basis of their faith in Christ. Furthermore, it was made clear to them that if they were to continue in His fellowship by the Spirit after He was gone from them in the flesh, they would have to abide in His Word.

In our next episode, we will look at Demonstration – Supremely Soul Winning

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!

The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 31 (Soul-Winning Motivator #166)

Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #166

Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #166.

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is Romans 10:10-11 which reads: “”For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

This verse summarizes the ideas in the previous verse in general terms. Paul frequently summarized in Romans, and often these summaries refer to the results of the action in view, as here.

Belief in Jesus Christ in one’s “heart” results in acceptance by God (i.e., imputed righteousness, justification, and positional sanctification). Testimony to one’s belief in Jesus Christ normally follows, and normally is verbal (“with the mouth”). Paul was describing the normal consequence of belief. Witmer wrote that the confession is to God. One’s confession that Jesus is Lord would be to God initially (i.e., expressing trust in Christ to the Father), but most interpreters have believed that the confession in view goes beyond God and includes other people as well. This seems to be a reasonable conclusion, since the confession is to be made “with the mouth.”

In what sense does this confession (profession) result in salvation? Paul obviously did not mean that confession of Jesus Christ secures acceptance with God, since he had just said belief in the heart does that. Salvation is a broad term that includes many kinds of deliverance, as we
have seen. What aspect of salvation does taking a public stand for Christ secure? For one thing, it saves the person making the confession from the potential discipline of God. It also saves him or her from the loss of reward, that those who are unwilling to identify themselves with Him, will suffer. Furthermore, it often results in the eternal salvation of other people who hear the confession of faith, and then believe themselves.

Paul removed all doubt about the requirement for justification, that his statement in verses 9-10 might have created, with this quotation from Isaiah 28:16. Belief in God, specifically in His promises, is the only condition for justification. These promises are also the basis of the believer’s assurance that he or she possesses salvation.

Our soul winning quote today is from D. Elton Trueblood. He said: “Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 31 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.

Chapter 4, Impartation – The Compulsion of Evangelism

That is why He lost no opportunity to impress on His followers the deep compulsion of His own soul aflame with the love of God for a lost world. Everything He did and said was motivated by this consuming passion. His life was simply the revelation in time of God’s eternal purpose to save for Himself a people. Supremely, this is what the disciples needed to learn, not in theory but in practice.

And they saw it practiced before them in many ways every day. Though the demonstrations were often painfully hard to accept, as when He washed their feet, they could not miss what He meant. They saw how their Master denied Himself many of the comforts and pleasures of the world and became a servant among them. They saw how the things they cherished—physical satisfaction, popular acclaim, prestige—He refused; while the things which they sought to escape—poverty, humiliation, sorrow, and even death—He accepted willingly for their sake. As they watched Him minister to the sick, comfort the sorrowing, and preach the gospel to the poor, it was clear that the Master considered no service too small nor any sacrifice too great when it was rendered for the glory of God. They may not have always understood it, and certainly could not explain it, but they could never mistake it.

In our next episode, we will look at Impartation -.His Sanctification

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!

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The Master Plan of Evangelism, Part 9 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #144)


The purpose of this podcast is to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 28:19-20 which reads: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Charles Spurgeon. He said: “Let eloquence be flung to the dogs rather than souls be lost. What we want is to win souls. They are not won by flowery speeches.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 9 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.

Jesus was a realist. He fully realized the fickleness of depraved human nature as well as the satanic forces of this world amassed against humanity, and in this knowledge He based His evangelism on a plan that would meet the need. The multitudes of discordant and bewildered souls were potentially ready to follow him, but Jesus individually could not possibly give them the personal care they needed. His only hope was to get leaders inspired by His Life who would do it for Him. Hence, He concentrated on those who were to be the beginning of this leadership. Though He did what he could to help the multitudes, He had to devote Himself primarily to a few men, rather than the masses, so that the masses could at last be saved. This was the genius of His strategy.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church, Part 8 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #128)


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Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is John 10:16
which reads: “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them
also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be
one fold, and one shepherd.”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from
David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:

These other sheep are Gentile believers, not of the fold of Israel.
Jesus said that He must bring these sheep also, who would also hear
His voice. Jesus is basically saying, “Do not imagine that I shall lay
down my life for the Jews, exclusively of all other people; no: I
shall die also for the Gentiles; for by the grace, the merciful design
and loving purpose of God, I am to taste death for every man; and,
though they are not of this fold now, those among them that believe
shall be united with the believing Jews, and made one fold under one
shepherd.”

A fold of sheep is a part of the flock in its own structure or
enclosure. A shepherd might separate the sheep into different groups
to care for them better. There is one flock and one shepherd; but
Jesus calls His sheep from more than one fold (group or structure of
people).

Our soul winning quote today is from Richard C. Halverson. He said:
“Evangelism is not salesmanship It is not urging people, pressing
them, coercing them, overwhelming them, or subduing them. Evangelism
is telling a message. Evangelism is reporting good news.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 111 of our series titled “What
Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler. And, I want to
remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this
podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book —
“Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.” It
is available on our website for just $35.

Ten Reasons to Plant a Church (Part 8)

8. Church Planting Brings the Hands and Heart of Jesus into the Lives
of Needy People

Two thousand years ago the miraculous act of God’s incarnation (taking
human flesh) did not merely reveal Him as a man; it also served to
model evangelism to mankind. When the Word became flesh, believers
learned the importance of enfolding proclamation into incarnation. It
is not enough merely to tell the gospel; it must be lived out with and
before people in Christian communities.

The New Testament way of “living Jesus” with, and before, hurting
people was and still is through His body, the church. A healthy church
is the body of Christ on earth. Establishing a new church brings the
hands and heart of Jesus into the lives of needy people.

In 2003, Roscoe and Maryanna Lilly moved to Clifton Park, New York,
and began serving the community by washing car windows in the mall
parking lot and cleaning public restrooms without charge. As a result,
the Northstar Church was born with a handful of people. They are
passionate about being the hands and feet of Jesus, making Him
relevant to their community. They exist to show God’s love in such a
way that people will exchange ordinary living for an extraordinary
life through the power of Jesus Christ. Last year, the young and
growing congregation clocked more than 1,600 community service hours.
They say their ministry embodies a formula they call SALT, which is:

Seeing people the way Jesus saw them.
Accepting people the way Jesus accepted them.
Loving people the way Jesus loved them.
Touching people the way Jesus touched them.

In our next podcast, we will continue looking at Ten Reasons to Plant a Church.

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior,
may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken
God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and
come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible
states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ
said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are
not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to
destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in
Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the
abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in
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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died
for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God
for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to
come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth
unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall
not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the
Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Evangelism Is…Reaching People Through Relationships, Part 4 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #69)

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Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 which reads: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Nate Krupp. He said: “God has chosen to have three, and only three, basic instruments with which He can reach a lost world. He uses the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the man of God. And it takes all three! He takes a man of God, filled with the Spirit of God, effectively using the Word of God, to reach people for Christ. We can be sure of the absolute faithfulness of the first two. The third-man-has always been the unfaithful, weak link in the eternal chain for souls.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 52 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Reaching People Through Relationships (Part 4)

Stage 5: Show God’s Love by Meeting Needs

When you show God’s love to a needy world, it becomes visual evidence that He is working in your heart to love people you otherwise may not seek to know. Meanwhile, God is working in those you are praying for and connecting with, thus allowing His love to impact others. You literally become conduits of God’s unending love as He draws hurting people to Himself. In the end, the people in your concentric circles “will know they have been loved by a heavenly Father, and they will begin to sense His invitation to become a part of His family by adoption and by the saving grace of His Son.”

At this point it is interesting to note the findings of Thom Rainer in The Unexpected Journey. He discovered that regardless of people’s spiritual backgrounds (Muslim, Mormon, Wiccan, Jehovah’s Witness, etc.), through coming to Christ in personal faith, they all had one experiential aspect in common: genuine Christian love, as demonstrated through genuine believers, is the most attractive component in effective evangelism. That bears repeating: genuine Christian love, as demonstrated through genuine believers, is the most attractive component in effective evangelism.

Stage 6: Make Disciples and Help Them Grow

At some point, after praying for unbelievers, getting to know them, and showing them God’s love, you will need to confront them with the claims of Jesus Christ. Once we see people as God does, helplessly lost without Christ, you will want prayerfully to share the good news with them and give them the opportunity to surrender their heart to Christ.

In this stage Thompson outlined our responsibilities and that of the Holy Spirit. We are to be witnesses for Christ and to share our faith. The Holy Spirit’s role is to convict them of sin and show them the truth of the gospel. Then, if they choose to yield to Christ, we (and other Christians) need to help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through consistent prayer and reading His Word.

Stage 7: Help New Christians Make Disciples

The final stage is the beginning of the cycle for new Christians. Once they have become Christ followers, encourage them to survey the people in their concentric circles. They should immediately begin praying for them, mending broken relationships, building relational bridges, and showing God’s love in practical ways. The ultimate goal is to multiply through leading others to become authentic disciples.

There’s an old saying: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. The first method shows addition; the second demonstrates exponential multiplication. The same can apply to building the kingdom of God. We can lead someone to Christ and add an individual to the kingdom. Or we can lead people to Christ, teach them to pass it on, and the result is exponential.

This God-given approach is both biblical and effective. It is, after all, the essence of the Great Commission!

Matthew 28:18-20 reads: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Reaching People Through Relationships

Evangelism is Not Following the Example of the Disciples, Part 3 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #38)

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Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 which reads: “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Amy Carmichael: She said, “We have all eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few hours before sunset to win them.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 21 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism is not following the example of the disciples.

In our previous broadcast we looked at the third and fourth reasons why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples. Today we will look at the fifth and sixth reasons.

5. The disciples failed to understand the role they could play in the harvest. Jesus, the Master Teacher and Mentor, used this incident as an opportunity to teach His followers some key truths about spiritual farming. Jesus was able to begin reaping a harvest among the Samaritans because they were a prepared field. They already had an understanding of God and an appreciation for His Word. They simply needed someone to connect them with the Savior.

In order for a spiritual harvest ever to be reaped, someone must first plow (primarily through prayer) and plant (the gospel seed). A paraphrase of John 4:36-38 could be, “Some of you will harvest where you have not plowed or planted; others will plow and plant without directly experiencing the harvest. In either case, someone has to plow and plant for the harvest to come!”

In short, spiritual farming is the responsibility of all of us. Every believer is called to be a good farmer who faithfully seeks to plow through prayer and to plant the gospel seed. Then God will honor the efforts and grant a harvest. The only way to kill the harvest is to forsake the plowing and planting!

6. The disciples did not see how big the harvest could be. John 4:39-42 reads: “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”

We especially love two words in these verses: “many” and “many more.” Jesus shared with one woman, yet “many of the Samaritans…believed.” After staying with them for two more days, “many more believed.” They grasped salvation and eventually claimed it as their own. This is the principle of natural multiplication. One convert led to a citywide revival.

This should always be the natural progression of salvation. It begins by way of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of men and women who are redeemed. However, it must never stop multiplying. In fact, consider that many biblical scholars believe that the Samaritan revival initiated through Philip in Acts 8 was simply a natural progression that began with the occurrence in John 4

In our next broadcast, we will look at the conclusion of why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples.