Read the passage below from Chris Green, as he reflects on the evangelism done by the Samaritan woman at the well after her encounter with Jesus in John 4 ("Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 'Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?' They came out of the town and made their way toward him.").
How do Green's thoughts inform your own experience or expectations about what it means to be an evangelist? Where do his words challenge your thinking or what you've always believed? How might they create in you the possibility of sharing your experience of Jesus with someone who does not yet know him?
"She was tactful--overjoyed, but neither overeager nor pushy. With her testimony, she gently created the same space of possibility for her neighbors that Christ had created for her. John says that many believed on him because of her witness, although they make it clear to her, 'It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves...' (4:41-42a). And, astonishingly, they come to understand him in a way she had not even suggested. He is not only Israel's Messiah but the Savior of the world (4:42b).
"We have much to learn from her witness. Not least that our task is not to convince our neighbors to believe in Jesus, much less to accept our beliefs and way of life as their own. We need to remember that our calling is nothing more or less than to bear witness to what God has done in our lives in ways true to his character--his humility, his gentleness, his mercy, his patience, his compassion.
"In evangelization, the how and the what are inseparable and mutually determined. The kindness of God leads to repentance, Scripture says. So it is only as we kindly bear witness to God's kindness that we can help others find the way to repentance. We are at most only midwives: we do not create life in others; we merely come alongside them to help them give birth to the Christ the Spirit has formed in them." (Surprised by God, p.78)