Evangelism Brings People to Christ

Mark 5:25-34

Evangelism is important to God, because He loves people and desires to bring them into the family of God.

Evangelism is vital to reaching hurting people with the healing message of the gospel.

To evangelize is to share your story, if God has saved your soul or done anything for you, hurting people need to hear about it.

Evangelism is the only method the Bible gives to grow the church of the living God.

And in order for that to happen, all we have to do is talk about Jesus, who He is and what He has done, and is doing in our lives.

There is a woman in this text who had an issue of blood for twelve years, who indirectly heard about Jesus.

When I think about effective evangelism, you don’t have to talk to people whom you don’t know, you should, but if you just tell your friends and family in a public place about Jesus.

It is highly possible that someone may hear and want to meet Jesus for themselves. It’s called indirect evangelism!

2 King 5:2, There is a little maid who was a captive from Israel who was the servant of Naaman’s wife. And she was telling her boss lady about a God in Israel who could heal Naaman of his leprosy. And just through her conversation Naaman came to the man of God and was healed.

Just think for a minute, what if we talked about Jesus on our jobs, to our neighbors, acquaintances, social events, Wal-Mart, and other places we visit. It is a good chance someone would hear about Him.

The woman in the text had an issue of blood, but we live in a world with people all around us with issue problems looking for a solution.

It would really be nice if we told them about one who specializes in things that seem impossible.

Evangelism Brings People to Christ!
I.     She tries to fix her problem- vs. 25-26.
II.    She hears about a problem solver- vs. 27.
III.   Desperation brings her to Jesus- vs. 28.
IV.    God honors her faith with healing- vs. 29-34.

Everyone in this place knows someone who has an issue that they can’t handle.
  • Health issues.
  • Financial issues.
  • Family issues.
  • Social issues.
  • Relational issues
  • Spiritual issues.
Evangelism is simply pointing them to the solution of their issue.

Indirect evangelism is just telling everybody about a Savior who can and will heal and deliver.

I.        She tries to fix her problem- vs. 25.
“A certain woman had an issue of blood for twelve years.”
a. The woman has a health crisis.
  • She is hemorrhaging.
  • It is a crisis because they did not have blood transfusions.
b. She has been sick for a long time.
  • It’s not a headache or a stomachache.
  • It’s a matter of life and death.
c. She went to a hematologist, as she should have.
  • She saw a specialist.
  • The doctor took all her money and did not fix her problem.
  • She did not get better but grew worse.
But in the midst of her suffering and pain and disappointment she heard something about someone.

II.      She hears about a problem solver- vs. 27.
“When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched his garment.”
a. This is classic indirect evangelism.
  • It did not say someone told her about Jesus.
  • When she heard of Jesus.
  • Somebody was talking about him!
She could have been shopping in the marketplace!

She could have been at a social event.
But she overheard a conversation about Jesus.

b. What did she hear about Jesus that gave her hope.
1. Maybe she heard that Jairus daughter was sick, and this ruler of the synagogue believe Jesus could heal her.
2. Maybe she heard about the demonic man who lived in the cemetery and Jesus healed him.
3.  Maybe she heard about the sick man with palsy who they took the roof off the house and let him down in front of Jesus and he was healed.

4. Maybe she heard about the leper that came to Jesus and he was healed.

c. Faith in what she heard, gave her movement.
“When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched his garment.”
  • She was once scared and ashamed.
  • The law declared her unclean and could not be in the public.
  • She used to avoid crowds but now she is pushing her way through the crowd to get to Jesus.
III.    Desperation brings her to Jesus- vs. 28
For she said if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.”
a. After you exhaust all your options desperation sets in.
b. After you have done all you can do, desperation sets in.
c. After you have spent all your money desperation sets in
d. Faith has given her hope in Jesus.
  • If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I shall be whole.
  • Indirect evangelism has brought this woman to Jesus.
I love many things about God and one of those are:
IV.    God honors her faith with healing- vs. 29-34.
“And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.”
a. Jesus has more medicine in the hem of his garment, than CVS, Walgreen and Wal-Mart all put together.
b. Jesus is the solution for our issues in this life.
  • Jesus specializes in the issue of sin.
c. Immediately the woman was healed and immediately she knew it.
  • When Jesus heals your body and saves your soul you know it without a doubt
And Jesus immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press and said who touched my clothes?
  • Jesus wanted her to know what he did for her and why he did it.
  • Jesus wanted her testimony to be grounded in faith so she could praise Him by telling the world.

But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him and told all the truth.

And he said daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace and be whole of thy plague.
  • Because of her faith Jesus healed her and saved her.
  • She heard about a healing Savior, and he healed her