Welcome to the Gospel Light Minute!

Daniel Whyte III is a full-time evangelist by calling. Through the Gospel Light Minute, his main aim is to present a short, clear, understandable presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which saved him over 30 years ago. Throughout his ministry, he has emphasized a clear presentation of the Gospel because he believes that many pastors and churches mix up the Gospel with other things, and this causes confusion for nonbelievers. In order to do that, Daniel Whyte III uses tracts that he has written, as well as tracts produced by the following ministries: Fellowship Tract League, the American Tract Society, and Good News/Crossway Tracts in the production of this broadcast.

Leading Souls to Christ, Part 6 (Onward Christian Soldiers #116)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers

Our key Bible passage is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:


Our lesson today is titled “Leading Souls to Christ, Part 6”

Today, we are going to look at some DO’s and DON’T’s to keep in mind as your share the Gospel with others.

DO
always use your Bible when leading people to Christ. Even though you may be able to quote the verse, it is better to let the other person read it for themselves.

DON’T
use too many verses.

DO
look to God in prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

DON’T
interrupt people. Try to find out their problem, but don’t get side-tracked. Keep bringing them back to the matter of their relationship with the Lord Jesus.

DO
be earnest. This is no time for joking. Soul-winning is serious business.

DON’T
argue. God does not send us out to win arguments; He sends us out to win souls.

DO
be careful of your breath. Don’t offend people needlessly.

DO
admit it when you don’t know the answer to a question. Just say, “I don’t know the answer to that question, but I am sure there must be one. One thing I do know—Jesus Christ changed my life, and He will do the same for you.”

DO
value every person highly. We must see every person as one for whom Christ died. If we look down on, or despise any person, we are not worthy to be Christ’s servants.

DON’T
be discouraged. Some will reject the Saviour, but keep right on witnessing for Christ.

DO
be concerned. Jesus wept and prayed over lost souls, and so should we.

DO
encourage new converts to confess Christ to others and to join a Bible-believing church at the first opportunity.

In closing, one of the greatest hindrances to soul-winning is fear of people. We are afraid of what others will think.

A Christian who was a fearless soul-winner was asked if he had always been bold. He replied that he had once been as timid as anyone. One day he could stand it no longer. He fell on his knees with his Bible open at Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” He said, “Lord, You did this for David. Do it now for me.” God heard his prayer and answered it.

Ask God to do the same for you. You have the message that brings eternal life to people, and you must give it out boldly. When we are fearful of people, we make them bigger than the gospel message.

There are people all around you who need to be saved. Here are 5 things to keep in mind as you set out to win people to Jesus.

1. Begin now to pray for the people you will witness to.
2. Watch for an opportunity to witness to them.
3. Learn the four basic truths of the gospel.
4. Learn how to answer objections.
5. Be ready and God will use you.

Don’t be afraid of making a mistake. You will make the greatest mistake of all if you don’t try to win someone to Christ.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

The Day Jesus Crossed the Line, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 38)

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TEXT: John 4:16-24

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 38.

Dr. Kenneth Boa said, “The Jews are the ones who were the fathers and it was from them that the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, would ultimately come. We don’t want to minimize that. Jesus is making it clear that not all religions are acceptable before God. Popular religiosity would have us believe that all religions are equally valid attempts to reach God — not according to this.”

When Jesus confronts the Samaritan woman about her sinful past and her current sinful lifestyle, she is convicted and understandably embarrassed and shocked. She responds, “Sir, I perceivest that thou art a prophet.” Notice the progression of thought as Jesus talked to her: first, she thought He was just another Jewish male; then she calls him a “great” man and compares Him to the patriarch Jacob; now, she realizes that she is talking to someone who has supernatural knowledge of her life, so she calls Him a “prophet.”

Then, she completely changes the subject, saying, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye [the Jews] say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” She brings up a theological dispute, quickly and feebly reconstructing the wall of religious division between herself and Jesus. Some believe that she did this because she did not want to talk to Jesus, this “prophet” who knew all about her, about her personal life. Others, however, have stated that her inquiry about a spiritual issue is actually evidence that she is opening herself up further to Jesus’ message. She knows she has a spiritual problem, so she is trying to get a handle on that spiritual issue based on her limited spiritual experience.

Jesus allows for this changing of the subject at hand. He says, “Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” In His response, Jesus removes the issue of place when it comes to one’s relationship with God. Salvation is not bound to a particular location. You do not have to be in any church to meet with God. Some of the most intensely spiritual moments of my life have come as I was driving down the road and praying to God. God does not care where you are when you come to Him; He only cares that you come. So, Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that it doesn’t really matter which mountain she worships in, while still asserting the theological importance of the Jews. He says, “salvation is of the Jews.” The Messiah came forth from the Jewish people; that was part of God’s plan all along for the Jews to be a blessing to the nations, including the Samaritans.

Then Jesus explains what true worship is: He says, “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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” The Greek word which Jesus uses for “worship” means to prostrate oneself, or to kneel before someone in order to express respect, to make supplication, or to express reverence or adoration. God is not that concerned about us kneeling physically if we are not kneeling spiritually. David Guzik said, “To worship in spirit means you are concerned with spiritual realities, not so much with places or outward sacrifices, cleansings, and trappings. To worship in truth means you worship according to the whole counsel of God’s word, especially in light of the New Testament revelation. It also means that you come to God in truth, not in pretense or a mere display of spirituality.”

Jesus’ message to the Samaritan woman is that she does not need to worry so much about where she is, as she needs to be worried about where her heart is. If she genuinely wants to submit her heart to God in accordance with the truth that she has just received, God will receive her. And God will receive each of us as well if we come to Him sincerely.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you want to get to know Him today, you must 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 that 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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Life Under the 1,000-year Reign of Jesus Christ, Part 3 — The Future Wars of the Nations, Part 14

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TEXT: Isaiah 2:1-4

1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Life Under the 1,000-year Reign of Jesus Christ, Part 3 — The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 14)

So far, in this part of our series, we have looked at five aspects of the 1,000-year reign of Christ as shown in the Bible. Of course, there are many blessings and benefits that will take place on earth during the Millennial Kingdom. We are looking at a few of the major ones that were made plain in Scripture. We have already seen that the following will take place:

1. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, Jesus Christ will be the supreme ruler of the earth.

2. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, Jerusalem will be the capital of the world.

3. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, there will be no more war.

4. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, nature will be in harmony once again.

5. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, Israel will finally gain the security that she has long sought.

John MacArthur said, “When Jesus returns, he will reconfigure the world. Eden will be restored. Paradise will be regained. This renovated earth will become the place where Jesus rules. He will sit on the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem, that great city from which He will rule the world. He will truly be the God of that age, and the whole world, in all of its economics, all of its labor, all of its social life, all of its morality, and all of its understanding, learning, opinions, thoughts, ideas, and concepts, will reflect the mind of Christ. It will be the opposite of a world like ours, which has as the god of this age Satan and everything in it reflecting him. It is this very utopia, this golden age that men have longed for. From the remotest point of antiquity, men have dreamed of a golden age, they have longed for a utopia. They have written about it. They have desired an age of righteousness, an age of peace, an age when oppression would cease and injustice would be gone and war would end. Poets have written of it, singers have sung of it, politicians have promised to bring it, prophets have predicted it, and the world has cried for it. But it doesn’t come until Jesus comes Himself.”

As we conclude this part of our series, let’s look at two more aspects of the 1,000-year reign of Christ on Earth.

First, during the 1,000-year reign of Christ, the people of earth will be devoted to God. Zechariah 13 reads, “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land… they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.”

Today, many people are worshiping everything other than God. Some worship money; some worship success; some worship celebrities; in this political season, some people (and, sadly, some Christians) have raised political candidates and political parties to the level of idol-worship. During the Tribulation, people will worship a man who sits in the rebuilt Temple and declares himself to be God. It will seem as if the whole world has gone off to worship something other than God. We often pray for revival and reformation in our land. We pray for another Great Awakening, and that people would turn back to God. That kind of wholesale repentance and turning back to God will not likely happen on this side of history. But, it will happen in the Millennial Kingdom. Everyone will acknowledge the one, true God and worship Him.

Then, finally during the 1,000-year reign of Christ, saints will be given roles of responsibility in the governmental administration of the Lord Jesus Christ. We touched a little on this a couple of weeks ago. First Corinthians 6:2 reads, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” In his commentary on Revelation, Dr. Anthony C. Gardner said, “Revelation mentions resurrected saints who rule and reign with Christ. Many other passages, both in the Old Testament and New Testament, indicate the saints will co-rule with their Lord. Isaiah indicates a coming righteous reign where princes will rule with Messiah.” The Prophet Daniel wrote, “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

It won’t be all fun and games in the Millennial Kingdom. We won’t just be there to have a good time. Jesus Christ will once again be on earth to be about His Father’s business. And He will have work for us to do on His behalf. Part of that work will be helping Jesus administrate His government and judge disputes that arise between people.

These details regarding the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ remind us that God is a God who cannot lie. Certain promises were made in Scripture to Jews and to Gentile Christians that have yet to be fulfilled. Those promises will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to rule over a real, physical, world-wide empire. With Satan gone and Jesus on the throne, the desire of the Jews for peace and safety in their own land will finally be fulfilled. And the prayers of Christians down through the years will be fully answered — “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

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 that 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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Day Jesus Crossed the Line, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 37)

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TEXT: John 4:13-18

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 37.

Henry Alford said, “The first work of the Spirit of God, and of Jesus who here spoke in the fullness of that Spirit, is, to convince of sin.”

After Jesus explains to the Samaritan woman that He can give her living water that will continuously spring up inside of her and produce eternal life, she begins to grasp a little of what Jesus is saying. Instead of responding with another question or cynical statement, she says, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” Even though she does not understand all that Jesus is offering, she is willing to accept it.

How does Jesus respond to the Samaritan woman’s willingness to receive the living water? Verse 16 says, “Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.” Some have said that this is not an odd request for Jesus to make, and that He is simply asking the woman to call her husband out of a sense of propriety. Usually, it was the head of household who made decisions about the religious direction of the family; the wife and children just followed his lead.

However, many believe Jesus deliberately brings up this issue in the woman’s life. She immediately tries to sidestep it by saying, “I have no husband.” This is the shortest statement she made throughout the discourse of their conversation, and it was a lie. Jesus was bringing her under conviction about her sinful lifestyle and her mouth was stopped. Romans 3:19 says, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Jesus who has supernatural knowledge of her life, says to her, “Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”

Jesus needed to show this woman that she could not just accept the “living water” and continue living as she had been living. He also needed to show her why she needed the living water. He was saying, ‘Lady, look at how messed up your life is. You need something that can fix it.’ Jesus takes this opportunity to give this woman an appetite for salvation. She knows that her life needs fixing, and Jesus is saying, ‘The gift of God that I am offering to you is the only thing that can fix it.’

You see, one must realize that he is drowning before he can be rescued. One must admit that he is sick before he can get healing. One must admit that he is a sinner before he can be saved. Warren Wiersbe said, “There can be no conversion without conviction. There must first be conviction and repentance, and then there can be saving faith. Jesus had aroused her mind and stirred her emotions, but He also had to touch her conscience and her will, and that meant dealing with her sin.”

Now, this does not mean that a person’s life will be magically transformed and perfectly sinless as soon as they accept Christ as Savior and drink of the living water. Many who come to Christ have baggage to deal with, and we all will go through the process of becoming more like Christ. That process takes time. Certainly, the Samaritan woman would have had to deal with sorting out the situation with the man she was shacking up with.

In order to realize our need for salvation, we must confront our sin in order to be saved. That is what Jesus helps the Samaritan woman to do. He brings the evil that is in her life to the forefront. That is what God wants all of us to do. We must see ourselves as sinners and admit that we need a Savior before Christ can save us.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you want to get to know Him today, you must 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 that 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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

LISTEN: The Day Jesus Crossed the Line, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 36 with Daniel Whyte III)

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TEXT: John 4:7-14

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 36.

Warren Wiersbe said, “How true it is that the things of this world never completely satisfy. In hell today, people are crying, ‘I thirst!'”

Due to the fact that Jesus is a Jew and male, He has captivated the interest of this Samaritan woman, who has probably never been approached in a respectful way by any Jewish person in her life. She has some idea that Jesus is not an ordinary man because of His words, “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.”

One would think that following Jesus’ statement, this woman would have had three questions: (1) What is the gift of God? (2) Who exactly am I talking to? (3) How can I (and should I) take the “living water” that this Man is offering? Continue reading

The Day Jesus Crossed the Line, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 35)

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John 4:1-10

1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

– – – – –

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 35.

Charles Spurgeon said, “What does a thirsty man do to get rid of his thirst? He drinks. Perhaps there is no better representation of faith in all the Word of God than that. To drink is to receive — to take in the refreshing draught — and that is all. A man’s face may be unwashed, but yet he can drink; he may be a very unworthy character, but yet a draught of water will remove his thirst.” Continue reading

The Day Jesus Crossed the Line, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 34)

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John 4:1-10

1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

– – – – –

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 34.

Alexander MacLaren said, “The Samaritan woman is a fascinating character. She is of mature age, and has had a not altogether reputable past. She is frivolous, ready to talk with strangers, with a tongue quick to turn grave things into jests; and yet she possesses, hidden beneath masses of unclean vanities, a conscience and a yearning for something better than she has.”

The story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman is one of the most interesting encounters in Scripture, and perhaps even in history. It resonates with us today because it touches on many aspects of life that impact society and culture in the modern world. However, for this historic meeting to take place, Jesus had to cross several lines that would have been forbidden to him as a first century Jewish religious leader.

Following up on the events of John chapter 3, the Gospel writer tells us that Jesus left Judea because He wanted to avoid a conflict with the Pharisees who had heard about His ministry of baptism. Jesus was not running away from conflict, but He was working on a divine timetable. He would have plenty of run-ins with the Pharisees later. Now, Jesus was on his way to Galilee, but the text tells us that “He must needs go through Samaria.” And that is where Jesus crosses a first line in His mission to reach the Samaritans with the Gospel message.

First, Jesus crossed the line of racial prejudice. If you were a first century Jew reading John’s gospel, you would find it odd that Jesus “needed to go through Samaria.” Jews who needed to get from Judea to Galilee (or vice versa) always took a long detour to avoid stepping foot inside Samaritan territory. The Jews hated the Samaritans because of their ancestry. David Guzik provides this helpful summary: “When the Babylonians conquered the southern kingdom of Judah, they took almost all the population captive, exiling them to the Babylonian Empire. All they left behind were the lowest classes of society, because they didn’t want these lowly regarded people in Babylonia. These ones left behind intermarried with other non-Jewish peoples who slowly came into the region, and the Samaritans emerged as an ethnic and religious group.”

The Jews viewed the Samaritans as unclean half-breeds and Jewish imposters, and they avoided dealing with them at all costs. So, why did Jesus need to go through Samaria? The short explanation is that this was not a geographical necessity, but rather a theological or spiritual necessity — a divine appointment. Jesus went to Samaria because He knew there were people there that needed the Gospel. He knew that there was this messed up woman who needed new light and new life. To reach her, Jesus crossed the line of racial prejudice.

Second, Jesus crossed the line of sexism. John tells us that Jesus entered Samaria and came to a city called Sychar, the region’s capital. It is about midday, Jesus is traveling by foot, and He is hot and tired, so He sits down by a well to rest. And “There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.”

Jesus had already broken protocol by entering Samaria. Now, he is speaking to a Samaritan woman. Women in the first century were viewed as second-class citizens; a woman of Samaria was viewed as even less, particularly a woman of questionable moral standing. How do we know right from the start that this woman had problems? We know this because she came to the well during midday alone. Historians tell us that women normally went to the well to draw water in groups earlier in the day when it was cooler. The fact that this woman was alone tells us that she was a social pariah who had been rejected by the other women and/or a loose woman who didn’t mind being alone in public. Probably both are true here.

Either way, Jesus, as a Jewish Rabbi, should not have been talking to her. Jewish Rabbis didn’t even talk to Jewish women in public. William Barclay said, “The strict Rabbis forbade a Rabbi to greet a woman in public. A Rabbi might not even speak to his own wife or daughter or sister in public. There were even Pharisees who were called ‘the bruised and bleeding Pharisees’ because they shut their eyes when they saw a woman on the street and so walked into walls and houses!”

The Samaritan woman herself expressed surprise when Jesus spoke to her. She said, “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.” Jesus’ disciples were also shocked (and probably disappointed) when they got back from buying meat and found Jesus talking to this woman. The Bible says they “marvelled that he talked with the woman.” Jesus crossed the line of sexism in His culture in order to reach this woman.

The point here is that Jesus wanted to reach everybody with the Gospel, even the people whom His own Jewish race thought were unworthy or less than others. Jesus crossed the greatest barrier in His mission to save us — the barrier of sin between us and God, a barrier that said we did not deserve to be saved. But Jesus Christ came down to us because God loved us and did not want us to be eternally separated from Him.

After all that He has done for us, we must make the decision to trust Him and believe on Him as the Samaritan woman eventually did. Here is how you can do that right now.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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