(Message 4) What keeps you from talking with others about your faith in Jesus? If you’re still investigating Christianity, what keeps you from seeking a relationship with Jesus? Join us as we hear from Jesus in His conversation with a rejected woman in our message, “The Untold Story – Wake Up and Look Around”. #GCTheUntoldStory
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
John 4:1-15 (NLT)
1 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). 3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” 11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” 13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” 15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
Share with the group a time you had to cross a difficult boundary or overcome a difficult obstacle because you felt called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others.
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
Read John 3:16-17. Revisiting this passage, this week Shawn asked us to focus on the phrase “the world”.What are the implications that God loves everyone?How does this change how we view others?
Read John 4:1-26.What does Jesus mean when he says “living water?”How does this encounter with the Samaritan woman compare to Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus?
Read John 4:43-54. Compare the story of the woman at the well with the story of Jesus healing the centurion’s son.
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
The woman left her jar at the well to run and tell the townspeople about Jesus. What are you holding on to that is keeping you from telling others about Jesus?Why?
Like the Samaritan woman in the story, do you feel there are social boundaries today which are a challenge to you engaging with others and sharing the good news?What are some ways you could work to overcome these social challenges?
In verses 43-54 Jesus heals a boy whose father went to Jesus and begged Jesus to heal the son, then the whole family came to believe in Jesus.What are you bringing to Jesus to ask for his help?What does that look like in your life?
In this example of the centurion (vs 43-54), Jesus met the family’s material needs.Discuss the impact of meeting people’s material needs as compared to other ways of relating and engaging with them.
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
Identify what is holding you back from sharing or accepting the good news, and ask God to help you overcome.
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Father God, thank you for the grace that you extend to us.Please help us to feel secure and renewed by this living water.And father, we ask that you guide us and direct our paths to go and share the message. -Amen