Break the Ice.
- Who is the most famous person with whom you’ve had a conversation?
Bring the Word.
On his way to Galilee, Jesus stops for an unlikely and unexpected conversation. Through this interaction we see how Jesus passionate pursues the lost, He sufficiently satisfies our every need, and He reveals Himself as the One to be worshiped.
Jesus Passionately Pursues
Read John 4:3-9
- The sixth hour would have been midday. Why would the woman be coming to the well in the middle of the day instead of early morning or late evening with other women?
- Why was the woman caught off guard by Jesus’ request for a drink of water?
- What do Jesus’ actions teach us about God’s passionate pursuit of people?
Jesus Sufficiently Satisfies
Read John 4:10-15
- What does Jesus want the woman at the well to know about Him?
- What did Jesus mean by “whoever drinks of the water I give shall never thirst again?”
- How did the woman at the well interpret it?
Jesus Reveals Himself
Read John 4:16-26
- Why does Jesus seem to start meddling in her personal life?
- What does she recognize about Jesus? What does she not recognize about herself?
The woman attempts to take the attention off herself by asking a controversial question of the day about where the proper place to worship is. Jesus isn’t distracted. He politely answers her question diverting the focus away from where we worship to who we worship. Jesus points out that you [Samaritans] worship what you don’t know, and we [God-fearing Jews] worship what we know. He is wanting the woman to understand who God is and effectively who Jesus is.
- What does it mean to worship in Spirit?
- What does it mean to worship in Truth?
Bring it Home.
- Action Questions:
- Was the woman’s life changed by her encounter with Jesus? (see John 4:28-29)
- How does the understanding of who God is and who we are transform our worship?
- How can we pray for you?
Read John 10 before next week!