Living Water 28 Apr

(Message 4) Many of us have tried to find satisfaction in life. We can find it for a time, but it never lasts. We are created with a thirst that ultimately only God can satisfy. Jesus is able to satisfy our thirst with “living water”. Join us as we look as Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. #CloseEncountersWithJesus

Drinking Living Water:

  1. Stop drinking pond scum
  2. Spend time with Jesus daily

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John 4:13-14 ” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Isaiah 30:15 “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Are you typically a glass half full or a glass half empty person? Why and would your family members agree with you?
  • Have you ever lost your love for life and thought, “If I can just get through the day/week, so that I can get to __________.”
  • When you look around at our world, what kinds of things do you see people pursuing in order to fill their lives with meaning and purpose? Do any of these things really satisfy long-term?

Start thinking and sharing. Ask a question to get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Read John 4:4-30; 39-42. John tells his readers that Jesus “had to pass through Samaria.” Did Jesus really have to go through Samaria? Why would most Jews avoid traveling through Samaria? Did Jews and Samaritans have a good relationship with one another? (Verse 9)
  • Troy referred to sin as “pond scum”. What “pond scum” are you drinking? • If you had met Jesus at Port City Java, what would he share with you about your life? How would you respond?
  •  Webster’s definition of conviction: to find or prove to be guilty; to convince of error or sinfulness. Read John 16:7-8 and Psalm 51:4. What does it mean to be convicted of our sin? Share examples of God convicting you of your sin. What was your response? Read and discuss Proverbs 28:13.
  • Look again at John 4:13-14 and read John 7:37-38. What does Jesus say about the Living Water?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • What happens to your cell phone if you neglect to charge it? Read Isaiah 30:15. How can we charge our spiritual batteries? How do YOU charge your spiritual batteries? •
  • What guardrails do you need to set up to keep you away from your scummy pond? Share them with your group and hold each other accountable.
  • Jesus has come into our world so that we might believe and have eternal life. This gift is for everyone regardless of who they are, where they come from, how irritating they are, or what their past has been. We all know someone (and maybe it is you) who is the “woman at the well.” Instead of “going around/avoiding” them, make a commitment to share with ___________ the message of living water that leads to eternal life.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Pray that you will all set up your guardrails, schedule a time daily to spend in God’s Word, go to God in prayer, and walk with Him all day long.

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Speaker

Troy Knight

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