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    10 October 07, 2012  John 4;1 42 From Failure To Salvation 10 October 07, 2012 John 4;1 42 From Failure To Salvation Presentation Transcript

    • Wednesday Nights forYoung Marrieds in theChristian Life Center at 6:00 p.m. Parenting Series by Chip Ingram
    • BABY BOOMERS for FUN commences Saturday October 20th Brandon Opry House 1000 Municipal Drive off Hwy 80 across from Sonny’s BBQ
    • 5:00 - Meal begins6:30 - 8:30 p.m. OprySonny’s BBQ is laying thespread.Cost: $15.00 per person(Includes chow and Opryticket)
    • 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
    • If you have any questions,please contact PatriciaJenkins at (601) 949-1941or pjenkins@fbcj.org.Deadline to purchasetickets: Monday, October15th!
    • Next Generation Leaders Luncheon with Oscar Miskelly Thursday, October 25th CLC—11:45 a.m. Sharing nuggets from being a successful leader.
    • CHILI COOK OFFSunday, November 4 5:00-5:50 p.m.Fellowship Hall EastMore details coming.
    • The next four lessons dealwith the question:Is there life after failure?Next week we seeAbraham gettingimpatient with God andfailing to wait on Him.
    • The October 21st lessondeals with Miriam beingcritical of her brother,Moses, and after beingdisciplined by the Lord,she was restored to aleadership position.
    • On October 28th, we willstudy that tender passageof how Jesus restoredPeter after he had failedChrist so miserablyfollowing his threedenials of knowing Him.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • John 4:7-26 HCSB7 “A woman of Samariacame to draw water.“Give Me a drink,” Jesussaid to her, 8 for His disciples had
    • 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
    • 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
    • water.”11 “Sir,” said the woman,“You don’t even have abucket, and the well isdeep. So where do Youget this ‘living water’?
    • 12 You aren’t greater thanour father Jacob, are You?He gave us the well anddrank from it himself, asdid his sons andlivestock.”
    • 13 Jesus said, “Everyonewho drinks from thiswater will get thirstyagain. 14 But whoever drinksfrom the water that I willgive him will never get
    • 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
    • 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.
    • “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
    • 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
    • worship is in Jerusalem.”21 Jesus told her, “BelieveMe, woman, an hour iscoming when you willworship the Fatherneither on this mountainnor in Jerusalem.
    • 22 You Samaritansworship what you do notknow. We worship whatwe do know, becausesalvation is from the Jews.
    • 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.
    •  24 God is spirit, andthose who worship Himmust worship in spiritand truth.”25 The woman said toHim, “I know thatMessiah is coming” (Who
    • is called Christ). “WhenHe comes, He will explaineverything to us.”26 “I am He,” Jesus toldher, “the One speaking toyou.” John 4:7-26
    • John 4:39-4239 Now many Samaritansfrom that town believedin Him because of whatthe woman said when shetestified, “He told me
    • everything I ever did.”40 Therefore, when theSamaritans came toHim, they asked Him tostay with them, and Hestayed there two days.
    • 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
    • know that this really is theSavior of the world.” John 4:39-42
    • 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
    • What This Lesson IsAbout:Failures in our past do notmean we cannot change.We can trust Christ to useus after we have failed.
    • How This Lesson CanImpact Our Lives:This lesson can help ussee the need for Christand to share the life-changing message ofChrist with others.
    • This month we will studyfour ways God helpspeople move from failureto life through salvation,direction, correction andaction.
    • 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
    • 2 Timothy 3:1616 “All Scriptureis inspired by God andprofitable for teaching(direction), for reproof, forcorrection, for training inrighteousness (action).”
    • Jesus’ conversation withthe Samaritan womanintroduces us to the life-changing message aboutsalvation through Himthat sets people free fromtheir sinful failures.
    • Recognize Our Need John 4:7-9 HCSB7 “A woman of Samariacame to draw water.“Give Me a drink,” Jesussaid to her,
    • 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.
    • For Jews do not associatewith Samaritans.” John 4:7-9
    • *Jesus and His disciplesleft Jerusalem for Galilee,traveling by way ofSamaria.
    • Shechem SycharNablus
    • Jewish folks in those daystried to avoid theSamaritan route becausethey considered theSamaritan people in theregion to be unclean.
    • Jesus led His disciplestoward the Samaritantown of Sychar, wherethey stopped at Jacob’swell, a religious landmarkas well as a source ofwater (4:1-6).
    • In 722 BC, Assyriadeported the survivors ofthe fallen NorthernKingdom of Israel tolocations in Assyria(2 Kings 15:29).
    • 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
    • In their place, theAssyrians settled colonistsfrom other presumablytroublesome locations inBabylonia, Syria, andPersia.
    • These newcomersmingled with Israeliteresidents who hadmanaged to evadedeportation and the resultwas a group of peoplewho were part Jewish.
    • They were calledSamaritans and theprovince was namedafter their city.
    • The new settlers inSamaria immediatelyfaced trouble(2 Kings 17:25-28).
    • 2 Kings 17:25-2825 “When they first livedthere, they did not fearYahweh. So the Lord sentlions among them, whichkilled some of them.
    • 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
    • of the land. Therefore Hehas sent lions amongthem that are killing thembecause the people don’tknow the requirements ofthe God of the land.”
    • 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
    • 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
    • This began what wouldbecome a bitter religiousrivalry with Jerusalem thatlasted for centuries.
    • The term Samaritan gaineda religious associationthat eventually surpassedits geographicalconnection(John 4:19-20).
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 40a However, they wouldnot listen but continuedpracticing their formercustoms. 41 These nations fearedthe Lord but also servedtheir idols.” 2 Kings 17
    • *Don’t overlook thehelpful insight that Jesusgave us about reachingpeople for Him.*With Jesus’ example, Heshowed us the need to gowhere people who have
    • not met Him can befound.*Sometimes we tend totake the oppositeapproach and believe thatunsaved people need tocome to us, but He
    • demonstrated that weshould go to them.(duck hunters)*This is our only chance(while we live on thisearth) to live among lostpeople.
    • 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).
    • Many interpretersunderstand “the sixthhour” to reflect Jewishtime calculation, whichwould indicate shearrived at noon.
    • *Either way, she came tothe well at the perfecttime for Jesus to talk withher about her need forliving water.
    • *At the well, Jesus satdown to rest while Hisdisciples went on intotown so they could buysome food.
    • As the womanapproached the well, Hecould have chosen to sit insilence.
    • By not saying anything toher, she probably wouldhave come to the well,filled her container withwater, and returned to herhome.*Saying nothing to her
    • could have been seen asbetter for Him—talkingwith her would haverequired Him to foregoHis rest and make theeffort to engage inconversation.
    • 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)?
    • *Jesus could have chosen topass on the opportunity.*But He didn’t make thatchoice.*Instead, He decided totalk with her.*His conversation began
    • 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
    • with her.*Usually, Jewish men inthose days didn’t talk towomen in such a setting.*Neither did they want totalk with Samaritans(v. 9).
    • *But Jesus did not have aproblem with talking withher.*By taking the initiative inthe conversation, Hedeparted from the culturalrestrictions of the day.
    • *No wonder Jesusconstantly got into troublewith the rules-makers.*He considered peoplemore important thanrules.
    • *Society attempts todictate what you shouldand should not do.*Anyone who ignoresthese unspoken rules isconsidered arrogant anddangerous.
    • This was especially true inJesus’ day whencompliance was the normand individuality was nottolerated.
    • *Jews were expected tobehave like Jews and menwere expected to behavelike men.*To do otherwise was toinvite judgment.
    • Jesus seemed to break allthe rules when He madethis simple request of aSamaritan woman atJacob’s well.
    • *Who would have everthought that “Give Me adrink” would be such aprovocative request?*Jesus was defying thestereotypes that dividedpeople – then and now –
    • believing that ourcommon need of a Saviorwould unite all people,whether Jews orSamaritans, male orfemale, righteous orsinners.
    • The Jews and theSamaritans had bitterlyhated each other forcenturies.The Samaritans were partJew and part Assyrians sothe Jews looked at them as
    • inferior, unclean half-breeds.Other scholars think theSamaritans weredescendants of priestswho defected fromJerusalem to Shechem of
    • Samaria and built atemple on Mount Gerizim(which the Samaritansclaimed to be the originallocation of the tabernacle). *The Samaritans & Jewswere mortal enemies.
    • Jesus’ request startled theSamaritan woman notonly because of thetroubled history betweentheir ancestors but alsobecause of the genderissues of the day.
    • Men and women (even ifthey were husband andwife) seldom engaged inpublic conversation.*The reason a man wouldapproach an unknownwoman in public typically
    • would be to initiate animproper relationship.*The Samaritan womanprobably thought that waswhat Jesus was doing.*A strange man travelingalone was probably
    • looking for somecompany.*The fact that she wasdrawing water by herselfin the middle of the daywould have signaled toany man that she was a
    • 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
    • while before getting towork in their homes.
    • So a troubled womanwould have beenostracized by the rest ofthe wives.
    • John 4:10-1410 Jesus answered, “Ifyou knew the gift ofGod, and Who is sayingto you, ‘Give Me a drink,’you would ask Him,
    • 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’?
    • 12 You aren’t greater thanour father Jacob, are You?He gave us the well anddrank from it himself, asdid his sons andlivestock.”
    • 13 Jesus said, “Everyonewho drinks from thiswater will get thirstyagain.14 But whoever drinksfrom the water that I willgive him will never get
    • thirsty again—ever!In fact, the water I willgive him will become awell of water springingup within him for eternallife.” John 4:10-14
    • 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.”
    • 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,’”
    • 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
    • With her interest turnedto receiving living water,the Samaritan womancontinued to talk withJesus.
    • Her remarks about livingwater, however,confirmed that she stilldid not have a grasp ofwhat Jesus had in mind.
    • *By not returning thereevery day, perhaps shehad in mind theinconvenience of her dailytrips to the well.*But maybe she thoughtabout something else too.
    • *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.
    • *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
    • her life she would like tohave forgotten.*Maybe that’s why shenever wanted to return tothe well again.*Jesus knew about herfailures.
    • 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
    • was signaling herwillingness to take thenext step in thispotentially salaciousencounter (v16-17).*She had no idea Whomshe was addressing.
    • *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.
    • *With His request, Jesuswanted her to get honestwith Him about hersituation.*Accordingly, He guidedher to confront her failure.*In order to receive God’s
    • gift of living water, shehad to admit she hadfailed in her attempt tomeet her deepest spiritualneed by herself.*Making such animportant admission
    • meant coming face to facewith the failures in herlife.*In her reply to Jesusabout not having ahusband, she told onlypart of the truth.
    • *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
    • the moment was not herhusband.*But as Jesus pointed outto her, He already knewthe whole truth about hersituation (v. 18).
    • *By instructing theSamaritan woman tocome back with herhusband, Jesus led her toconfront her failure.*Of course, coming toterms with her failure
    • probably caused hertremendous pain.*However, joy wouldawaited her on the otherside of her pain.*She would be able torejoice in the blessing that
    • would come her waybecause she receivedGod’s gift of living water.*Her failures would beplaced behind her, andshe would never be
    • spiritually thirsty again.
    • *The well of living waterGod would place in herheart would provide herwith an eternal source ofspiritual fulfillment.
    • *Bear in mind that theSamaritan woman’sfailure did not start withher lifestyle ofimmorality. *Neither didit begin with her series offailed relationships.
    • *Her lifestyle pointed to afar more serious problem.*Her lifestyle exhibitedthe reality of her sin.*Therefore, she failedbecause she was a sinner.
    • *All people everywhereshare this same problem.*Like the Samaritanwoman, all of us have thesame fundamentalproblem with sin.*Each of us is a sinner;
    • 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.
    • *Like the Samaritanwoman, some of us thinkwe can find fulfillment inrelationships with otherpeople.*Others of us haveconvinced ourselves that
    • indulging in wealth orpossessions will help us todeal with our spiritualcondition.*As we discover to oursorrow, however, self-indulgence doesn’t fill the
    • void either.*Only a relationship withChrist, the source of livingwater, can meet ourgaping spiritual need thatresults from our sin.
    • *In what ways do peopletry to self-medicate thepain caused by theirfailures?
    • *People prefer to deny thereality of their sin becauseconfronting it brings thempain.*Being convicted of sinhurts, so they tend to doeverything they can to
    • avoid it.*However, the problemwon’t go away.*Their sin still weighsheavily on them.
    • Psalm 38:44 “For my sins haveflooded over my head;they are a burden tooheavy for me to bear.”
    • 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;”
    • *Instead of denying ourfailure, we do well toconfront it by confessingour sin to the Lord.
    • *Confessing our sinmeans seeing it from theLord’s perspective.*When we see our sinthrough His eyes, werecognize that we’ve beengoing in the wrong
    • direction.*That’s when we candecide to make an aboutface and turn to Him.
    • *The first step towardHim involves confessingour sin.*When we make thatcritical step, the pain ofour sin will be replacedwith the peace that comes
    • with His forgiveness.*The guilt over our sinfades away; the joy ofeternal life fills us.
    • 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;
    • I’m a woman. He’s aprophet; I’m a sinner.Why in the world wouldHe ask me for a drink?”
    • *A holy man would neverrisk defilement bydrinking from an uncleanbucket – a vessel thatbelonged to an unclean,immoral, Samaritanwoman.
    • *By His willingness todrink from her bucket,Jesus was essentiallysaying that she could be aclean vessel too.
    • *Jesus initiated theconversation with thewoman for one specificreason.*For the same reason, Heengaged in conversationswith other people in His
    • 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
    • God’s gift (v. 10).*By referring to livingwater in that way, Hesignaled to her that Godhad taken the initiative togive it.
    • Romans 5:8 NASB8 “But God demonstratesHis own love toward us,in that while we were yetsinners, Christ died forus.”
    • *Furthermore, Hesuggested that the gift Heoffered her could not bepurchased.*The Samaritan womancould not buy it even ifshe tried.
    • *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
    • 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.
    • *Only then would sheturn to Jesus and receivethe gift He would offer.*Helping someone seetheir deepest spiritualneed can be challenging.
    • *When we share the GoodNews of Christ with thelost, we can growfrustrated because wecannot get them to seethey need Him.
    • *Because of their spiritualblindness, they havedifficulty with the realitythat they need whatChrist alone can givethem.
    • *It is the job of the HolySpirit to convict them oftheir need for a Saviorand then to transform thatneed into a want.
    • *As Jesus demonstrated,talking with people sothey can see their spiritualneed becomes a criticalstep in reaching them forChrist.
    • The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron
    • *Jesus introduced theSamaritan woman to thetruth about God’s gift ofliving water.*Immediately she showedinterest in what He said,although she didn’t quite
    • understand what Hemeant (vv. 11-12).*Jesus had in mind herspiritual thirst that wouldbe quenched when shereceived God’s gift ofeternal life He offered.
    • *However, she stillthought He was talkingabout literal water.*That’s why shewondered where Hecould get that kind ofwater for her.
    • *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
    • supply water for everyonein the region for quite awhile.*She must have doubtedJesus could find a bettersource of water in theregion.
    • *Because she did notunderstand, Jesus took thetime to talk more aboutliving water.*He noted that livingwater alone could quencha person’s spiritual thirst
    • 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
    • spending time withpeople and helping themto see their spiritual need.*It fosters an interest inthe living water thatChrist offers to everyonewho turns to Him.
    • *It is all about creating aspiritual thirst for God.*Jesus made it a point toveer off the normal pathto help the Samaritanwoman recognize herneed.
    • *Where might you need togo to help someone seehis or her need for Jesus?
    • 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
    • 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
    • the woman said whenshe testified, ‘He told meeverything I ever did.’” John 4:25-26,39
    • *Jesus treated herquestions with respectand in a way that invitedmore curiosity.*When He responded toher question concerningthe location of the true
    • temple of God, it was notthe response sheanticipated.*A typical Jewish manwould have said,“Jerusalem. Certainly noton Mount Gerizim!”
    • *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
    • 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
    • space in the messianicage.*Jesus, the new temple ofGod had come to hermountain.
    • *As Jesus continued totalk with the Samaritanwoman, theirconversation turned toworship.*She brought up a debatethat fumed between the
    • Jews and the Samaritansregarding the properplace to worship God.*Jesus replied by sayingthat the key issue inworshiping God did notinvolve a location on a
    • 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
    • to talk with Jesus aboutthe Messiah.*Like the Jews at thattime, the Samaritans haddeveloped an anticipationof the Messiah Whowould come.
    • *They almost certainly didnot have all of theinformation andexpectations Jewishpeople had regarding thearrival of the Messiah.
    • *Even so, they apparentlyhad enough insight intoOld Testament propheciesabout the Messiah to jointhe people of Israel inlooking forward to theday He would come.
    • *For the Samaritanwoman, the arrival of theMessiah would mark theday when all of thedebates about spiritualmatters would come to anend.
    • *For example, the debatebetween the Jews and theSamaritans about theproper place of worshipwould be completelyresolved.
    • *When the Messiah came,He would give the finalword on which mountainwould be the right placefor people to worshipGod.
    • *She trusted Him to bewise enough to explaineverything peopleconsidered to beconfusing or controversial(v. 25).
    • *Little did she know shehad been carrying on aconversation with theMessiah Himself.
    • *The Stranger resting bythe well turned out to bethe long-awaited Savior.
    • *She had been lookinginto the eyes of the Son ofGod who would pay theprice for her sin on thecross.See Philippians 2:10-11
    • Philippians 2:10-11 NASB10“that at the name ofJesus every knee willbow, of those who are inHeaven and on Earth andunder the Earth, 
    • 11 and that every tonguewill confess that JesusChrist is Lord, to the gloryof God the Father.”Philippians 2:10-11 NASB
    • *There at the well, theconversation with Jesushad taken her from Hisrequest for a drink ofwater to Hisannouncement that Hewas the Messiah (v. 26).
    • *He made theannouncement so shewould turn to Him andreceive the living waterHe alone could give toher.
    • *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
    • from sin, they can begin totaste living water forthemselves.*They can move beyondmiserable lives of failuresto intimate walks withHim who makes life
    • 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
    • springs forth eternal life.*Not long after Jesusshared with her that Hewas the Messiah, theSamaritan woman left thewell and returned to thetown.
    • *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
    • people in town about herconversation with Him.*Pay close attention to theSamaritan woman’sdecision to go into townimmediately and tellpeople she met about her
    • encounter with Jesus.*Her eagerness to shareher testimony reminds usthat meeting Christ resultsin our enthusiasm overtelling others about Him.
    • *Like the Samaritanwoman, we become eagerto bear witness to Jesusonce we have met Himpersonally.*Having experienced Hislove, mercy, and grace for
    • ourselves, we can hardlywait to tell others aboutHim.*The character of Christfosters our eagerness tointroduce others to Him.
    • *He personifies God’slove in a way thattransforms the peoplewho receive Him.*When we introduceothers to Him, we knowfor certain He can change
    • their lives.*We can neveroverestimate the power ofa testimony about Christ.*While people may takeissue with what we sayabout the Bible or what
    • we believe about doctrine,they have more difficultydenying what we haveexperienced when we metJesus for ourselves.*A Christian’s testimonyserves as a most useful
    • 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.
    • *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
    • Jesus for themselves.*Once they met Him,many of them placed theirtrust in Him (v. 39).*They could see forthemselves why theSamaritan woman
    • 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.
    • *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
    • 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
    • regarding the eternaldifference He can make.*Share your testimonywith people in your life sothey can hear the life-changing message ofChrist.
    • *Every Christian has atestimony.
    • 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.
    • • As we deal honestlywith the problem of oursin, we see our need tocome to Christ, our onlysolution for it.
    • • A Christian’s testimonyabout the change Christhas made in his or her lifecan have a majorinfluence on a person whohas not met Himpersonally.
    • • When we receive Christas Savior, He changes ourlives by setting us freefrom our failures and oursin.
    • *What needs in your lifehas Jesus met?*How can you use thoseexperiences to share thelife-changing message ofChrist with others?
    • *Sometimes we mightthink we do not yet havequalifications to share ourtestimonies about howChrist changed our livesuntil we have grown inour Bible knowledge or
    • 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.
    • Next week:From Failure to Direction Abraham Genesis 15, 16 & 17