Evangelism: Worship on Tour*
Rev. Steven D. Griffing, The International Worship Symposium
The article entitled "What Makes Christian Worship Different?" discussed the dramatic story of a Samaritan woman's encounter with Jesus that ended in worship. However, the conclusion of the narrative was omitted - on purpose. This is "the rest of the story."
The First Evangelist
John 4:28-30, 39 describes the Samaritan woman's response to Jesus' revelation of himself as the Messiah, the true object of her worship. "Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said, 'come see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?' They came out of the town and made their way toward him. … Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony."
The revelation of Jesus Christ through worship transformed this woman from a sinner into the first Christian evangelist in one afternoon! But this is hardly an isolated incident. For, the link between worship and evangelism pervades Scripture as a primary theme.