No Insecurity Gospel

by SomeGirl on March 3, 2011 · 8 comments

Haven’t we had such GREAT Friday guest bloggers?! March is going to be no exception!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a sweet friend, Stephanie, from The Candid Pastor’s Wife. A break-the-mold wife to a pastor at a church plant in Austin, Texas, who loves to write about marriage, mission, and beauty outside of culture.

Stephanie has so graciously agreed to walk us through the Gospel of John as we make our way from our celebration of Christ birth a few months ago to our celebration of His resurrection in just a few weeks. Thank you, Stephanie!

Join along by reading through the Gospel of John between now and the end of March. :)

And be sure to check out her latest experiment… I think you’ll be glad you did! ;)

No Insecurity Gospel

Since John is my favorite gospel, I thought this would be fun! And a great opportunity to start preparing my heart for Easter.

…Except that really, Easter is today. Just like Advent. Christ came to the world and died to pay the penalty of my sins. He rose from the grave three days later in triumph over death, and he is now at the right hand of the Father until his next advent.

Do you believe He’s coming again?

Do you believe He came at all?

The people in the book of John were in a position akin to ours – they were waiting for the Messiah to come to earth… but they were waiting on the first advent while we’re waiting on the second.

Just what are we supposed to be doing while we wait?

The same thing they were supposed to do – point people to the Messiah.

You might be thinking, But my spiritual gift is not evangelism! And I bet the Samaritan women at the well thought the same thing (you know, just something more like But I’m a woman! And a Samaritan! And a divorcee! Who am I to speak about the things of Yahweh?)

And although I truly believe we were created to worship God and share Him with others, I was quite surprised at how the woman at the well was used to bring people to Jesus. Yes, a woman. And a Samaritan (whom the Jews would not even touch for fear of spiritual uncleanness). And a divorcee.

You can read the whole story right here, and learn that she even gave Jesus some lip at first. A little confusion and a little sarcasm entered her voice as she asked Jesus why He asked her for water. And then He revealed Himself to her – he told her all about her own sin.

A prophet!, she thought. And so of course she put on her religious tone of voice and spoke up on the argument between Jews and Samaritans on where to worship, claiming that the Messiah would one day come to explain. And Jesus fessed up, “I who speak to you am he.”

What would you have done? If you were a woman with five ex-husbands and a live-in boyfriend? You might have believed, as she did, right then and there.

But would you have done this?

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?” (John 4:28-29, NIV)

She challenges me to disregard my insecurities when I want to share my faith.

And if you heard her, would you have believed? Or would you have ignored her, this scandalous woman?

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” (John 4:39-42, NIV)

If I were her, I would have chickened out! Look at my life, Lord, you can’t use me!

Oh yes, He can, dear friend. She pointed many people to Christ, and they got to experience Him firsthand because of her.

This is our mission. We are to worship the Lord who has come and who is coming again. We are to point people to Him. Just think of the opportunity they’ll have to experience Him for themselves!

Are you ready to let God’s power work in your life in this way?

Let me know in the comments what barriers you have in to pointing people to Jesus.

Hope to see you at TODAY’s Will Blog For Kids Blog Talk Radio Program! Listen live here on Friday 3/4 at 11:00am CST or click here at a later time to hear the archived interview.



Jenny @ The Southern Institute

Great post! We just had our church women’s retreat and the theme was “the unlikeliness of God”. He always uses unlikely people in unlikely places to accomplish great things… that is such a comfort to me!

Stephanie, The Candid Pastor's Wife

Thanks, Jenny! Yes, thank God He uses the unlikelies.


Love this! I am consistently awed by how God used (and still uses) the most (to-all-ways-of-thinking) inappropriate people, for the most awesome of work. HIS work. Maybe because the more inappropriate we are, the more not-quite-fitting-with-others, then the less we are encumbered by worldly ties. Free to be who He made us to be.

John is my favorite gospel too! I am really enjoying resting in this gospel this month.

Stephanie, The Candid Pastor's Wife

It’s already been such a breath of fresh air to see Christ through John’s eyes!


I struggle with sharing the gospel with others. I’m afraid I’ll mess up or they will ask me questions I don’t know how to answer. I feel God leading me in this direction though. He’s pointing out things to me that I haven’t quite understood and he keeps sharing the same message with me over and over. I’m doing Beth moore’s Revelation study right now which is amazing! The question first started out in her lecture and now I keep hearing it everywhere: are you living righteously until he comes back and are you telling others about him?

Stephanie, The Candid Pastor's Wife

Alicia – thanks for sharing this with us! I’m super excited that God is leading you in this way. Keep pressing in to Him, and you can’t help but have a heart for the lost!

Cranberry Morning

I think the greatest thing I see today is the generation who do NOT see themselves as sinners in need of a Savior, and who see God as irrelevant. They’ve grown up with parents and teachers worrying more about their self-esteem than their wretched spiritual condition before a holy God. The universities have managed to indoctrinate them with a belief in ‘the goodness of society.’ How they can keep their eyes open and believe that is beyond me, but it’s a serious trend today.

Stephanie, The Candid Pastor's Wife

Most definitely it is! I think we as a society have bought into our “goodness”. But at the same time, we want to approach our searching bros and sissies with love and grace – all the while sharing the truth with them. Pray for them and yourself, and God will do the work.

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