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  • 1. FROM FAILURE TO SALVATION JOHN 4:1-42 OCTOBER 7, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
  • 2. Wednesday Nights forYoung Marrieds in theChristian Life Center at 6:00 p.m. Parenting Series by Chip Ingram
  • 3. BABY BOOMERS for FUN commences Saturday October 20th Brandon Opry House 1000 Municipal Drive off Hwy 80 across from Sonny’s BBQ
  • 4. 5:00 - Meal begins6:30 - 8:30 p.m. OprySonny’s BBQ is laying thespread.Cost: $15.00 per person(Includes chow and Opryticket)
  • 5. If you are not eating,tickets may be purchasedat the door at the Opry for$5.00. Tickets will be on sale atthe 2nd floor kiosk today.Duds: plaid and denim
  • 6. If you have any questions,please contact PatriciaJenkins at (601) 949-1941or pjenkins@fbcj.org.Deadline to purchasetickets: Monday, October15th!
  • 7. Next Generation Leaders Luncheon with Oscar Miskelly Thursday, October 25th CLC—11:45 a.m. Sharing nuggets from being a successful leader.
  • 8. CHILI COOK OFFSunday, November 4 5:00-5:50 p.m.Fellowship Hall EastMore details coming.
  • 9. The next four lessons dealwith the question:Is there life after failure?Next week we seeAbraham gettingimpatient with God andfailing to wait on Him.
  • 10. The October 21st lessondeals with Miriam beingcritical of her brother,Moses, and after beingdisciplined by the Lord,she was restored to aleadership position.
  • 11. On October 28th, we willstudy that tender passageof how Jesus restoredPeter after he had failedChrist so miserablyfollowing his threedenials of knowing Him.
  • 12. All four of these peoplehad life after their failuresbecause God worked intheir lives to move thembeyond those failures, justas He did in King David’slife.
  • 13. FROM FAILURE TO SALVATIONBackground Passage John 4:1-42 A LESSON IN EVANGELISM
  • 14. Focal Passages*Recognize Your Need John 4:7-14*Confront Your Failure John 4:15-18*Tell Others About Jesus John 4:25-26,39
  • 15. John 4:7-26 HCSB7 “A woman of Samariacame to draw water.“Give Me a drink,” Jesussaid to her, 8 for His disciples had
  • 16. gone into town to buyfood.9 “How is it that You, aJew, ask for a drink fromme, a Samaritan woman?”she asked Him. For Jewsdo not associate with
  • 17. Samaritans.10 Jesus answered, “If youknew the gift of God, andWho is saying to you,‘Give Me a drink,’ youwould ask Him, and Hewould give you living
  • 18. water.”11 “Sir,” said the woman,“You don’t even have abucket, and the well isdeep. So where do Youget this ‘living water’?
  • 19. 12 You aren’t greater thanour father Jacob, are You?He gave us the well anddrank from it himself, asdid his sons andlivestock.”
  • 20. 13 Jesus said, “Everyonewho drinks from thiswater will get thirstyagain. 14 But whoever drinksfrom the water that I willgive him will never get
  • 21. thirsty again—ever! In fact,the water I will give himwill become a well of waterspringing up within him foreternal life.”15 “Sir,” the woman said toHim, “give me this water
  • 22. so I won’t get thirsty andcome here to draw water.”16 “Go call your husband,”He told her, “and comeback here.”17 “I don’t have ahusband,” she answered.
  • 23. “You have correctly said,‘I don’t have a husband,’”Jesus said. 18 “For you’ve had fivehusbands, and the manyou now have is not yourhusband. What you have
  • 24. said is true.”19 “Sir,” the womanreplied, “I see that Youare a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipedon this mountain, yet youJews say that the place to
  • 25. worship is in Jerusalem.”21 Jesus told her, “BelieveMe, woman, an hour iscoming when you willworship the Fatherneither on this mountainnor in Jerusalem.
  • 26. 22 You Samaritansworship what you do notknow. We worship whatwe do know, becausesalvation is from the Jews.
  • 27. 23 But an hour is coming,and is now here, when thetrue worshipers willworship the Father inspirit and truth. Yes, theFather wants such peopleto worship Him.
  • 28.  24 God is spirit, andthose who worship Himmust worship in spiritand truth.”25 The woman said toHim, “I know thatMessiah is coming” (Who
  • 29. is called Christ). “WhenHe comes, He will explaineverything to us.”26 “I am He,” Jesus toldher, “the One speaking toyou.” John 4:7-26
  • 30. John 4:39-4239 Now many Samaritansfrom that town believedin Him because of whatthe woman said when shetestified, “He told me
  • 31. everything I ever did.”40 Therefore, when theSamaritans came toHim, they asked Him tostay with them, and Hestayed there two days.
  • 32. 41 Many more believedbecause of what He said. 42 And they told thewoman, “We no longerbelieve because of whatyou said, for we haveheard for ourselves and
  • 33. know that this really is theSavior of the world.” John 4:39-42
  • 34. Focal Passages*Recognize Your Need John 4:7-14*Confront Your Failure John 4:15-18*Tell Others About Jesus John 4:25-26,39
  • 35. What This Lesson IsAbout:Failures in our past do notmean we cannot change.We can trust Christ to useus after we have failed.
  • 36. How This Lesson CanImpact Our Lives:This lesson can help ussee the need for Christand to share the life-changing message ofChrist with others.
  • 37. This month we will studyfour ways God helpspeople move from failureto life through salvation,direction, correction andaction.
  • 38. From Failure to SalvationSamaritan Woman in John 4:1-42From Failure to DirectionAbraham in Genesis 15-17From Failure to CorrectionMiriam in Exodus 15 & Num. 12From Failure to ActionPeter in John 18 & Acts 4
  • 39. 2 Timothy 3:1616 “All Scriptureis inspired by God andprofitable for teaching(direction), for reproof, forcorrection, for training inrighteousness (action).”
  • 40. Jesus’ conversation withthe Samaritan womanintroduces us to the life-changing message aboutsalvation through Himthat sets people free fromtheir sinful failures.
  • 41. Recognize Our Need John 4:7-9 HCSB7 “A woman of Samariacame to draw water.“Give Me a drink,” Jesussaid to her,
  • 42. 8 for His disciples hadgone into town to buyfood.9 “How is it that You, aJew, ask for a drink fromme, a Samaritanwoman?” she asked Him.
  • 43. For Jews do not associatewith Samaritans.” John 4:7-9
  • 44. *Jesus and His disciplesleft Jerusalem for Galilee,traveling by way ofSamaria.
  • 45. Shechem SycharNablus
  • 46. Jewish folks in those daystried to avoid theSamaritan route becausethey considered theSamaritan people in theregion to be unclean.
  • 47. Jesus led His disciplestoward the Samaritantown of Sychar, wherethey stopped at Jacob’swell, a religious landmarkas well as a source ofwater (4:1-6).
  • 48. In 722 BC, Assyriadeported the survivors ofthe fallen NorthernKingdom of Israel tolocations in Assyria(2 Kings 15:29).
  • 49. 2 Kings 15:2929 “In the days of Pekahking of Israel, Tiglath-pileser king of Assyriacame and deported thepeople to Assyria.” 2 Kings 15:29
  • 50. In their place, theAssyrians settled colonistsfrom other presumablytroublesome locations inBabylonia, Syria, andPersia.
  • 51. These newcomersmingled with Israeliteresidents who hadmanaged to evadedeportation and the resultwas a group of peoplewho were part Jewish.
  • 52. They were calledSamaritans and theprovince was namedafter their city.
  • 53. The new settlers inSamaria immediatelyfaced trouble(2 Kings 17:25-28).
  • 54. 2 Kings 17:25-2825 “When they first livedthere, they did not fearYahweh. So the Lord sentlions among them, whichkilled some of them.
  • 55. 26 The settlers spoke tothe king of Assyria,saying, “The nations thatyou have deported andplaced in the cities ofSamaria do not know therequirements of the God
  • 56. of the land. Therefore Hehas sent lions amongthem that are killing thembecause the people don’tknow the requirements ofthe God of the land.”
  • 57. 27 Then the king of Assyriaissued a command: “Sendback one of the priests youdeported. Have him goand live there so he canteach them therequirements of the God
  • 58. of the land.” 28 So one of the prieststhey had deported cameand lived in Bethel, and hebegan to teach them howthey should fear Yahweh.” 2 Kings 17:25-28
  • 59. This began what wouldbecome a bitter religiousrivalry with Jerusalem thatlasted for centuries.
  • 60. The term Samaritan gaineda religious associationthat eventually surpassedits geographicalconnection(John 4:19-20).
  • 61. For the moment, however,the priest’s tutoring merelyhad the effect of addingthe Lord to the many idolsthe Samaritans alreadyworshiped(2 Kings 17:40-41).
  • 62. 2 Kings 17:38b-41a38b “do not fear othergods, 39 but fear the Lord yourGod, and He will deliveryou from the hand of allyour enemies.
  • 63. 40a However, they wouldnot listen but continuedpracticing their formercustoms. 41 These nations fearedthe Lord but also servedtheir idols.” 2 Kings 17
  • 64. *Don’t overlook thehelpful insight that Jesusgave us about reachingpeople for Him.*With Jesus’ example, Heshowed us the need to gowhere people who have
  • 65. not met Him can befound.*Sometimes we tend totake the oppositeapproach and believe thatunsaved people need tocome to us, but He
  • 66. demonstrated that weshould go to them.(duck hunters)*This is our only chance(while we live on thisearth) to live among lostpeople.
  • 67. According to HCSB, thiswoman got to the well“about six in the evening”(literally, “the sixthhour”), which would havebeen the Roman way ofmeasuring time (v. 6).
  • 68. Many interpretersunderstand “the sixthhour” to reflect Jewishtime calculation, whichwould indicate shearrived at noon.
  • 69. *Either way, she came tothe well at the perfecttime for Jesus to talk withher about her need forliving water.
  • 70. *At the well, Jesus satdown to rest while Hisdisciples went on intotown so they could buysome food.
  • 71. As the womanapproached the well, Hecould have chosen to sit insilence.
  • 72. By not saying anything toher, she probably wouldhave come to the well,filled her container withwater, and returned to herhome.*Saying nothing to her
  • 73. could have been seen asbetter for Him—talkingwith her would haverequired Him to foregoHis rest and make theeffort to engage inconversation.
  • 74. Have you ever hoped thatthe opportunity wouldjust “go away” so that youwouldn’t have to sayanything (on a plane, in awaiting room, to a personliving on the street)?
  • 75. *Jesus could have chosen topass on the opportunity.*But He didn’t make thatchoice.*Instead, He decided totalk with her.*His conversation began
  • 76. with asking her to share adrink of water with Him(v. 7).*She replied with a note ofsurprise and perplexity.*She couldn’t imagine thatJesus would try to talk
  • 77. with her.*Usually, Jewish men inthose days didn’t talk towomen in such a setting.*Neither did they want totalk with Samaritans(v. 9).
  • 78. *But Jesus did not have aproblem with talking withher.*By taking the initiative inthe conversation, Hedeparted from the culturalrestrictions of the day.
  • 79. *No wonder Jesusconstantly got into troublewith the rules-makers.*He considered peoplemore important thanrules.
  • 80. *Society attempts todictate what you shouldand should not do.*Anyone who ignoresthese unspoken rules isconsidered arrogant anddangerous.
  • 81. This was especially true inJesus’ day whencompliance was the normand individuality was nottolerated.
  • 82. *Jews were expected tobehave like Jews and menwere expected to behavelike men.*To do otherwise was toinvite judgment.
  • 83. Jesus seemed to break allthe rules when He madethis simple request of aSamaritan woman atJacob’s well.
  • 84. *Who would have everthought that “Give Me adrink” would be such aprovocative request?*Jesus was defying thestereotypes that dividedpeople – then and now –
  • 85. believing that ourcommon need of a Saviorwould unite all people,whether Jews orSamaritans, male orfemale, righteous orsinners.
  • 86. The Jews and theSamaritans had bitterlyhated each other forcenturies.The Samaritans were partJew and part Assyrians sothe Jews looked at them as
  • 87. inferior, unclean half-breeds.Other scholars think theSamaritans weredescendants of priestswho defected fromJerusalem to Shechem of
  • 88. Samaria and built atemple on Mount Gerizim(which the Samaritansclaimed to be the originallocation of the tabernacle). *The Samaritans & Jewswere mortal enemies.
  • 89. Jesus’ request startled theSamaritan woman notonly because of thetroubled history betweentheir ancestors but alsobecause of the genderissues of the day.
  • 90. Men and women (even ifthey were husband andwife) seldom engaged inpublic conversation.*The reason a man wouldapproach an unknownwoman in public typically
  • 91. would be to initiate animproper relationship.*The Samaritan womanprobably thought that waswhat Jesus was doing.*A strange man travelingalone was probably
  • 92. looking for somecompany.*The fact that she wasdrawing water by herselfin the middle of the daywould have signaled toany man that she was a
  • 93. rule breaker, marginalizedby the other women.In that day, the womenusually gathered at thewell early in the morningto draw water and to visitwith each other for a
  • 94. while before getting towork in their homes.
  • 95. So a troubled womanwould have beenostracized by the rest ofthe wives.
  • 96. John 4:10-1410 Jesus answered, “Ifyou knew the gift ofGod, and Who is sayingto you, ‘Give Me a drink,’you would ask Him,
  • 97. and He would give youliving water.”11 “Sir,” said the woman,“You don’t even have abucket, and the well isdeep. So where do Youget this ‘living water’?
  • 98. 12 You aren’t greater thanour father Jacob, are You?He gave us the well anddrank from it himself, asdid his sons andlivestock.”
  • 99. 13 Jesus said, “Everyonewho drinks from thiswater will get thirstyagain.14 But whoever drinksfrom the water that I willgive him will never get
  • 100. thirsty again—ever!In fact, the water I willgive him will become awell of water springingup within him for eternallife.” John 4:10-14
  • 101. Confront Your Failure John 4:15-18 15 “Sir,” the woman saidto Him, “give me thiswater so I won’t getthirsty and come here todraw water.”
  • 102. 16 “Go call yourhusband,” He told her,“and come back here.”17 “I don’t have ahusband,” she answered.“You have correctly said,‘I don’t have a husband,’”
  • 103. Jesus said.18 “For you’ve had fivehusbands, and the manyou now have is not yourhusband. What you havesaid is true.” John 4:15-18
  • 104. With her interest turnedto receiving living water,the Samaritan womancontinued to talk withJesus.
  • 105. Her remarks about livingwater, however,confirmed that she stilldid not have a grasp ofwhat Jesus had in mind.
  • 106. *By not returning thereevery day, perhaps shehad in mind theinconvenience of her dailytrips to the well.*But maybe she thoughtabout something else too.
  • 107. *Remember that when shemet Jesus, she had cometo the well much later inthe day.*She may have come tothe well at that time inorder to avoid the others.
  • 108. *But going to the well at atime when she wouldn’thave to face the otherwomen posed anotherproblem.*All alone, she wouldhave to face the failures in
  • 109. her life she would like tohave forgotten.*Maybe that’s why shenever wanted to return tothe well again.*Jesus knew about herfailures.
  • 110. When Jesus said to her,“Go call your husband”,she would have taken thecomment as an inquiryinto her availability.*When she responded, “Ihave no husband,” she
  • 111. was signaling herwillingness to take thenext step in thispotentially salaciousencounter (v16-17).*She had no idea Whomshe was addressing.
  • 112. *He drew her attention toher failures bringing upher husband (v. 16).*He had a strategic reasonfor asking her to return toher home and bring backher husband.
  • 113. *With His request, Jesuswanted her to get honestwith Him about hersituation.*Accordingly, He guidedher to confront her failure.*In order to receive God’s
  • 114. gift of living water, shehad to admit she hadfailed in her attempt tomeet her deepest spiritualneed by herself.*Making such animportant admission
  • 115. meant coming face to facewith the failures in herlife.*In her reply to Jesusabout not having ahusband, she told onlypart of the truth.
  • 116. *Obviously, she did notwant to tell Him of herseries of failedrelationships with men.*Neither did she wantJesus to know that theman who lived with her at
  • 117. the moment was not herhusband.*But as Jesus pointed outto her, He already knewthe whole truth about hersituation (v. 18).
  • 118. *By instructing theSamaritan woman tocome back with herhusband, Jesus led her toconfront her failure.*Of course, coming toterms with her failure
  • 119. probably caused hertremendous pain.*However, joy wouldawaited her on the otherside of her pain.*She would be able torejoice in the blessing that
  • 120. would come her waybecause she receivedGod’s gift of living water.*Her failures would beplaced behind her, andshe would never be
  • 121. spiritually thirsty again.
  • 122. *The well of living waterGod would place in herheart would provide herwith an eternal source ofspiritual fulfillment.
  • 123. *Bear in mind that theSamaritan woman’sfailure did not start withher lifestyle ofimmorality. *Neither didit begin with her series offailed relationships.
  • 124. *Her lifestyle pointed to afar more serious problem.*Her lifestyle exhibitedthe reality of her sin.*Therefore, she failedbecause she was a sinner.
  • 125. *All people everywhereshare this same problem.*Like the Samaritanwoman, all of us have thesame fundamentalproblem with sin.*Each of us is a sinner;
  • 126. we deceive ourselves ifwe believe we can dealwith our sin problems byourselves.*Although we constantlytry to find our own way tofill the need, we will fail.
  • 127. *Like the Samaritanwoman, some of us thinkwe can find fulfillment inrelationships with otherpeople.*Others of us haveconvinced ourselves that
  • 128. indulging in wealth orpossessions will help us todeal with our spiritualcondition.*As we discover to oursorrow, however, self-indulgence doesn’t fill the
  • 129. void either.*Only a relationship withChrist, the source of livingwater, can meet ourgaping spiritual need thatresults from our sin.
  • 130. *In what ways do peopletry to self-medicate thepain caused by theirfailures?
  • 131. *People prefer to deny thereality of their sin becauseconfronting it brings thempain.*Being convicted of sinhurts, so they tend to doeverything they can to
  • 132. avoid it.*However, the problemwon’t go away.*Their sin still weighsheavily on them.
  • 133. Psalm 38:44 “For my sins haveflooded over my head;they are a burden tooheavy for me to bear.”
  • 134. 1 Peter 2:24a NIV24 “He Himself bore (theburden) our sins in Hisbody on the tree, so thatwe might die to sins andlive for righteousness;”
  • 135. *Instead of denying ourfailure, we do well toconfront it by confessingour sin to the Lord.
  • 136. *Confessing our sinmeans seeing it from theLord’s perspective.*When we see our sinthrough His eyes, werecognize that we’ve beengoing in the wrong
  • 137. direction.*That’s when we candecide to make an aboutface and turn to Him.
  • 138. *The first step towardHim involves confessingour sin.*When we make thatcritical step, the pain ofour sin will be replacedwith the peace that comes
  • 139. with His forgiveness.*The guilt over our sinfades away; the joy ofeternal life fills us.
  • 140. After Jesus revealed to herthe details of her troubledpast, she realized this wasno ordinary man (v19).*She probably thought:“He is a Jew; I am aSamaritan. He’s a man;
  • 141. I’m a woman. He’s aprophet; I’m a sinner.Why in the world wouldHe ask me for a drink?”
  • 142. *A holy man would neverrisk defilement bydrinking from an uncleanbucket – a vessel thatbelonged to an unclean,immoral, Samaritanwoman.
  • 143. *By His willingness todrink from her bucket,Jesus was essentiallysaying that she could be aclean vessel too.
  • 144. *Jesus initiated theconversation with thewoman for one specificreason.*For the same reason, Heengaged in conversationswith other people in His
  • 145. ministry.*He could tell she had aspiritual thirst that onlythe living water He alonecould offer would quench.*As He continued to talkwith her, He brought up
  • 146. God’s gift (v. 10).*By referring to livingwater in that way, Hesignaled to her that Godhad taken the initiative togive it.
  • 147. Romans 5:8 NASB8 “But God demonstratesHis own love toward us,in that while we were yetsinners, Christ died forus.”
  • 148. *Furthermore, Hesuggested that the gift Heoffered her could not bepurchased.*The Samaritan womancould not buy it even ifshe tried.
  • 149. *By mentioning God’s gift,Jesus took an importantstep in directing her to seeher deep spiritual needand her inability to meet iton her own.*God alone could give her
  • 150. what she needed, but shewould have to turn toHim in order to receive it.*But she would only turnto Him when she saw thatshe had a need shecouldn’t meet by herself.
  • 151. *Only then would sheturn to Jesus and receivethe gift He would offer.*Helping someone seetheir deepest spiritualneed can be challenging.
  • 152. *When we share the GoodNews of Christ with thelost, we can growfrustrated because wecannot get them to seethey need Him.
  • 153. *Because of their spiritualblindness, they havedifficulty with the realitythat they need whatChrist alone can givethem.
  • 154. *It is the job of the HolySpirit to convict them oftheir need for a Saviorand then to transform thatneed into a want.
  • 155. *As Jesus demonstrated,talking with people sothey can see their spiritualneed becomes a criticalstep in reaching them forChrist.
  • 156. The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron
  • 157. *Jesus introduced theSamaritan woman to thetruth about God’s gift ofliving water.*Immediately she showedinterest in what He said,although she didn’t quite
  • 158. understand what Hemeant (vv. 11-12).*Jesus had in mind herspiritual thirst that wouldbe quenched when shereceived God’s gift ofeternal life He offered.
  • 159. *However, she stillthought He was talkingabout literal water.*That’s why shewondered where Hecould get that kind ofwater for her.
  • 160. *He didn’t have a bucket,so she wondered how Hewould draw such waterfrom Jacob’s well.*And besides, the wellthat Jacob dug seemed tohave been adequate to
  • 161. supply water for everyonein the region for quite awhile.*She must have doubtedJesus could find a bettersource of water in theregion.
  • 162. *Because she did notunderstand, Jesus took thetime to talk more aboutliving water.*He noted that livingwater alone could quencha person’s spiritual thirst
  • 163. eternally.*He also assured her thatthe source of living waterwould never run dry (vv.13-14).*The story so far displaysfor us the value of
  • 164. spending time withpeople and helping themto see their spiritual need.*It fosters an interest inthe living water thatChrist offers to everyonewho turns to Him.
  • 165. *It is all about creating aspiritual thirst for God.*Jesus made it a point toveer off the normal pathto help the Samaritanwoman recognize herneed.
  • 166. *Where might you need togo to help someone seehis or her need for Jesus?
  • 167. Tell Others About Jesus John 4:25-26,3925 “The woman said toHim, ‘I know thatMessiah is coming’ (Whois called Christ). ‘WhenHe comes, He will
  • 168. explain everything to us.’26 ‘I am He,’ Jesus toldher, ‘the One speaking toyou.’39 Now many Samaritansfrom that town believedin Him because of what
  • 169. the woman said whenshe testified, ‘He told meeverything I ever did.’” John 4:25-26,39
  • 170. *Jesus treated herquestions with respectand in a way that invitedmore curiosity.*When He responded toher question concerningthe location of the true
  • 171. temple of God, it was notthe response sheanticipated.*A typical Jewish manwould have said,“Jerusalem. Certainly noton Mount Gerizim!”
  • 172. *But when Jesus replied,“neither in this mountainnor in Jerusalem will youworship ;the Father”(v21),His words treated this,immoral, Samaritanwoman as if she were just
  • 173. as important to God as aJewish holy man.*Indeed, a temple thatonce divided Jew andGentile, male and female,clean and unclean wouldno longer define sacred
  • 174. space in the messianicage.*Jesus, the new temple ofGod had come to hermountain.
  • 175. *As Jesus continued totalk with the Samaritanwoman, theirconversation turned toworship.*She brought up a debatethat fumed between the
  • 176. Jews and the Samaritansregarding the properplace to worship God.*Jesus replied by sayingthat the key issue inworshiping God did notinvolve a location on a
  • 177. map but the attitude of aworshiper’s heart.*God’s people worshipedHim “in spirit and truth”(vv. 19-24).*In that context, theSamaritan woman began
  • 178. to talk with Jesus aboutthe Messiah.*Like the Jews at thattime, the Samaritans haddeveloped an anticipationof the Messiah Whowould come.
  • 179. *They almost certainly didnot have all of theinformation andexpectations Jewishpeople had regarding thearrival of the Messiah.
  • 180. *Even so, they apparentlyhad enough insight intoOld Testament propheciesabout the Messiah to jointhe people of Israel inlooking forward to theday He would come.
  • 181. *For the Samaritanwoman, the arrival of theMessiah would mark theday when all of thedebates about spiritualmatters would come to anend.
  • 182. *For example, the debatebetween the Jews and theSamaritans about theproper place of worshipwould be completelyresolved.
  • 183. *When the Messiah came,He would give the finalword on which mountainwould be the right placefor people to worshipGod.
  • 184. *She trusted Him to bewise enough to explaineverything peopleconsidered to beconfusing or controversial(v. 25).
  • 185. *Little did she know shehad been carrying on aconversation with theMessiah Himself.
  • 186. *The Stranger resting bythe well turned out to bethe long-awaited Savior.
  • 187. *She had been lookinginto the eyes of the Son ofGod who would pay theprice for her sin on thecross.See Philippians 2:10-11
  • 188. Philippians 2:10-11 NASB10“that at the name ofJesus every knee willbow, of those who are inHeaven and on Earth andunder the Earth, 
  • 189. 11 and that every tonguewill confess that JesusChrist is Lord, to the gloryof God the Father.”Philippians 2:10-11 NASB
  • 190. *There at the well, theconversation with Jesushad taken her from Hisrequest for a drink ofwater to Hisannouncement that Hewas the Messiah (v. 26).
  • 191. *He made theannouncement so shewould turn to Him andreceive the living waterHe alone could give toher.
  • 192. *She could turn from herfailed attempts to manageher life on her own andgive herself to Him as herSavior and Lord.*When people believeJesus wants to save them
  • 193. from sin, they can begin totaste living water forthemselves.*They can move beyondmiserable lives of failuresto intimate walks withHim who makes life
  • 194. complete and fulfilling.*The transformation startsby embracing Jesus.*By receiving Him asSavior and Lord, a personcan know what it’s like todrink in living water that
  • 195. springs forth eternal life.*Not long after Jesusshared with her that Hewas the Messiah, theSamaritan woman left thewell and returned to thetown.
  • 196. *She wanted to tell othersthere about Jesus and herencounter with Him at thewell.*Even though she had justmet Him for the first time,she did not hesitate to tell
  • 197. people in town about herconversation with Him.*Pay close attention to theSamaritan woman’sdecision to go into townimmediately and tellpeople she met about her
  • 198. encounter with Jesus.*Her eagerness to shareher testimony reminds usthat meeting Christ resultsin our enthusiasm overtelling others about Him.
  • 199. *Like the Samaritanwoman, we become eagerto bear witness to Jesusonce we have met Himpersonally.*Having experienced Hislove, mercy, and grace for
  • 200. ourselves, we can hardlywait to tell others aboutHim.*The character of Christfosters our eagerness tointroduce others to Him.
  • 201. *He personifies God’slove in a way thattransforms the peoplewho receive Him.*When we introduceothers to Him, we knowfor certain He can change
  • 202. their lives.*We can neveroverestimate the power ofa testimony about Christ.*While people may takeissue with what we sayabout the Bible or what
  • 203. we believe about doctrine,they have more difficultydenying what we haveexperienced when we metJesus for ourselves.*A Christian’s testimonyserves as a most useful
  • 204. tool in sharing the goodnews of Christ withothers.*We can rest assured thatit will have a beneficialeffect on the people whoare open to hearing it.
  • 205. *The Samaritan woman’stestimony made a positiveimpact on people in town.*After hearing her stirringtestimony about herencounter with Jesus, theyrushed to the well to meet
  • 206. Jesus for themselves.*Once they met Him,many of them placed theirtrust in Him (v. 39).*They could see forthemselves why theSamaritan woman
  • 207. testified about Him.*The story of the womanwho met Jesus at Jacob’swell declares a life-changing message.*Christ will save you ifyou turn to Him.
  • 208. *He knows you, and Hewill set you free fromyour sins and deliver youfrom your failures.*When you receive Himas your Savior, you willexperience for yourself
  • 209. what it’s like to drink inliving water.*For that reason, do nothesitate to give your lifeto Him.*If you are a Christian,bear witness to others
  • 210. regarding the eternaldifference He can make.*Share your testimonywith people in your life sothey can hear the life-changing message ofChrist.
  • 211. *Every Christian has atestimony.
  • 212. Biblical Truths of ThisLesson in Focus• When we come to seeour need for Christ, wefind ourselves eager tohear more about eternallife He alone can offer.
  • 213. • As we deal honestlywith the problem of oursin, we see our need tocome to Christ, our onlysolution for it.
  • 214. • A Christian’s testimonyabout the change Christhas made in his or her lifecan have a majorinfluence on a person whohas not met Himpersonally.
  • 215. • When we receive Christas Savior, He changes ourlives by setting us freefrom our failures and oursin.
  • 216. *What needs in your lifehas Jesus met?*How can you use thoseexperiences to share thelife-changing message ofChrist with others?
  • 217. *Sometimes we mightthink we do not yet havequalifications to share ourtestimonies about howChrist changed our livesuntil we have grown inour Bible knowledge or
  • 218. our communication skills.*The Samaritan womanhelps us to see that we canbegin to talk about Jesuswith other people as soonas we receive Him asSavior and Lord.
  • 219. Next week:From Failure to Direction Abraham Genesis 15, 16 & 17

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