10 October 07, 2012 John 4;1 42 From Failure To SalvationPresentation Transcript
FROM FAILURE TO SALVATION JOHN 4:1-42 OCTOBER 7, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
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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.
FROM FAILURE TO SALVATIONBackground Passage John 4:1-42 A LESSON IN EVANGELISM
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.
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.
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*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