The strength of a crisis pregnancy center is its relational approach. Real people are concerned about other real people. Dedicated Christian women and men are concerned for big people, the clients, and little people, the unborn children. That's why we give the time and energy. That's why we talk with clients and get to know them. That's why we build relationships with them. That's why they remain in our hearts, our minds, and our prayers even if we lose contact. Relationship is key to ministry, and relationship is what the Gospel is about. In the Gospel, God builds a new relationship with a sinner. It is a relationship of life.
Our Lord said, "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3). It is fitting that this be central in the thinking of all of us who are concerned for the cause of life. Our centers are about life. The Gospel offers a life relationship to people who do not have a relationship with God and who desperately need such a relationship, as all sinners do. While we cannot bring about such a life relationship, nor can we bring spiritual change to the women and men we serve, we can introduce them to the One Who can -- Jesus. We can say, "Come and see the Jesus I know."
There are many ways to present the Gospel to another. You probably know a number of good tracts or methods that are very helpful. Use them boldly and freely! But the Gospel of John reminds us of the emphasis on inviting people to "come and see" the Person of Jesus Himself. John the Baptist tells his disciples, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world" (John 1:29, 36). Jesus responds to Andrew's question about Him with "Come and you will see" (John 1:39). Jesus also invites Philip to "Follow me" (John 1:43). Philip then tells a skeptical Nathaniel, "Come and see" (John 1:46). And, perhaps best known, the woman from the well of Samaria tells the citizens of the town, "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" (John 4:29).
In each of these cases, change began when sinners were able to see and come to know Jesus personally. Many people are disinterested in Jesus or have rejected Him outright. But this is often because they are unaware of the reality of His person. They have heard some things, they have imagined others, and they have rejected much. But they haven't been introduced to the Man Who changed lives in the Bible. Our task in conversation with our clients is to help them "see." One tool which can help is a new booklet called: "Two Women Who Met Jesus." It introduces the Gospel by portraying Jesus in His encounters with two different women, the woman at the well and the woman who washed His feet with her tears.
These women were New Testament equivalents of many of the women we see at our centers. They were used, abused, rejected, and ignored. People despised them while seeking to derive something from them. These women were ready to meet Someone Who loved them in a redemptive and unconditional manner. They were ready to meet Jesus.
Think about what questions would go through a woman's mind when introduced to Jesus:
- What does this Man want with me? He wants to give you life eternal that will change you and refresh you forever.
- What about the things I have done? The things in my past? He knows them and still invites you to know Him better. He knows that we are all sinners, and His life is a life dedicated to loving and rescuing sinners.
- Now that I have messed up my life, what hope is there for me? The water of life that Jesus gives is the power of the Holy Spirit Who changes you, lives in you, and will never desert you.
- Can I trust this Man, Jesus? Unlike every other person you have met, this Man knows the truth about your life and heart and will not push you away. He will not turn His back on anyone who trusts Him.
- What would God want with me? God wants to enter into a relationship with you. Jesus says that God is seeking worshippers who worship Him in spirit and truth. Jesus describes Himself as Someone Who came to "seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10).
- Are there any other options for me besides Jesus? Everywhere else you turn for refreshment and life will leave you dry and thirsty, unsatisfied.
- What can Jesus do for me? He can rescue and ransom you from sin and its power.
Think of the woman at the well in Samaria. She met a Man Who did not reject her when the social setting would have suggested doing so. Further, He offered her what would change her life. Most amazing of all, He knew about her complicated and sinful background. Yet, this Man offered her the water of eternal life. Her testimony says it all: "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"
Why not consider using "Two Women Who Met Jesus" in your ministry? It would help your clients get to know this Man, this Christ, this "Savior of the world" (John 4:42).
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David O'Leary is married and has four children. He lives in Reading, PA where he is the pastor of Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.A.R., M.Div.), and Covenant Seminary (D.Min.). He can be reached at (610) 374-7277 or email@example.com.