The Ultimate Evangelist

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 4:27-30, 39-42

The woman at the well hadn’t taken a course in evangelism. She hadn’t pored over opinion polls to determine people’s perceived needs. She hadn’t memorized strategic questions or key Scripture verses. She didn’t bring cookies. She didn’t have a prayer partner. She wasn’t a sports or media celebrity. Yet she was a very effective evangelist. “Many. . . believed in [Jesus] because of the woman’s testimony” (v. 39).

What was the secret of her success? She merely told others what Jesus had done for her, enthusiastically and naturally. “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done” (v. 29).

It’s not that evangelism training and techniques are bad. The problem is that sincere people sometimes spend so much time preparing that they never get around to doing. How does the Samaritan woman’s technique work in real life? Maybe like this:

“Our pastor preaches sermons that are really practical and understandable.”

“We have a great time at our youth meetings. Want to come with me next week?”

“For the first time in my life I’m really at peace.”

“Our marriage was really on the rocks until we brought faith into it.”

“It wasn’t until two years ago that religion started to make sense to me.”


Help me, Lord Jesus, to get over the fear of saying a good word about You. Amen.