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It's Harvest Time!

John 4:39-42

Simple Outline
Harvest #1 (phase 1): the many saved by the testimony of the woman
Harvest #2 (phase 2): the many more saved by the testimony of Christ

Complex Outline
Harvest #1: The Many saved based on the testimony of the woman
                    (vv 39-40)
     The believers’ identified: many of the Samaritans
      (the subjects of belief)
     The believers’ initiated: began to believe (inceptive aorist: Greek
      tense showing the beginning or entrance into a new state)
     The believers’ object of faith: Him (cf. v 39, v 29, vv 16-19)
     The believers’ basis of faith: because of the word/message of the
      woman who testified
     The believers’ evidence of faith: … came to Jesus and were asking
      Him to stay with them

Harvest #2: The Many More saved based on the testimony of Christ
                    himself (and those already saved were strengthened in faith) (vv 41-42)
     The new believers’ identified: many more
     The new believers’ initiated: began to believe (inceptive aorist:
      Greek tense showing the beginning of an act)
     The new believers’ object of faith: [in Him] (object of faith not
      mentioned in v 41 but inferred from v 39 in immediate context)
     The new believers’ basis of faith: because of His word
          Phase 1 believers’ confirmed in faith: heard for ourselves and
           know (this is progress in faith, this is certainty of salvation)
          Phase 2 believers’ confession of faith: this One is indeed
           the Savior of the World



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