The Messiah’s Call to Worship – John 4:1-26

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

February 24, 2008

The Messiah’s Call to Worship

John 4:1-26


INTRODUCTION

Sometime ago I had quite a bit of correspondence by e-mail with a fellow that
avowed himself to be an atheist. Through the church website he had sent me an
e-mail with some rather silly statements and then signed off with "atheism
rocks."
I was about to just delete the message as just another piece of junk
e- mail, but then thought it would be better to respond and ask him a couple of
questions. My reason for engaging this self described atheist came out of the
Scripture passage we will be looking at this morning in John 4. We are to engage
those around us and try to bring them to a knowledge of the truth. It does not
matter the person’s background or what sins they have committed.

As we saw a few weeks ago in John 3, God loves the world and He sent Jesus to
save sinners. We will meet a sinner in our text this morning. A woman that the
religious community of the time would have been considered to be an outcast too
far away from God to merit any attention. Yet, God loved her. We might think an
atheist too far gone to be worth the effort, yet God loves even those that deny
His existence. We are to love those that God loves, for Christians are to be
reflections of Jesus, and that includes engaging people in spiritual
conversations even if our initial impression of them is that they would not be
interested. We need to at least find out.

Often the most difficult part in talking to someone about spiritual matters
is getting the conversation turned to them. Today we will see how Jesus
accomplished that. Turn to John 4.


DEPARTURE FROM JUDEA (John 4:1-3)

As this chapter begins we find that Jesus and His disciples are still in
Judea baptizing those who were repenting, but some news comes that causes Jesus
to change both His location and His ministry.

John 4:1 (NASB) When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard
that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2
(although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3
He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.

Jesus’ ministry had expanded past that of John the Baptist just as John said
it would (John 3:30). The apostle John clarifies that it was not Jesus Himself
that was baptizing, but rather His disciples. This practice would have removed
any claim by someone to having a superior baptism because Jesus did it. Jesus
does not leave because His ministry is overshadowing John’s, as if there was
competition between them. Jesus leaves because His increasing ministry had
attracted the attention of the Pharisees and with that would come their
increasing opposition, and it was not yet time for that. A minor theme
throughout John’s gospel is the importance of Jesus being on a timetable. Jesus
had opposition from the very beginning of His ministry and He knew that the
opposition of His enemies would one day bring about His crucifixion, but Jesus
was in control of when that would occur. He would not bring it about
prematurely.

John the Baptist was taken into custody in December A.D. 27 (see Matthew
4:12; Mark 1:14), and so Jesus now sets aside the ministry of Baptism in the
land of Judea and returns to Galilee where He had started a ministry earlier in
the year with the miracle of wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2). Jesus will
now focus on a ministry of teaching, proclaiming the gospel, and healing in the
land of Galilee where there will be less opposition from the Pharisees (Matthew
4:23).


PASSING THROUGH SAMARIA (John 4:4-6)

John 4:4 tells us, "And He had to pass through Samaria. So He ^came
to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave
to his son Joseph; and Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied
from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour."

I like the way the KJV translates verse 4, "And he must needs go through
Samaria.
" Some commentators try to interpret this as just the normal way
that Jesus would have gone back to Nazareth, for the Galileans did not avoid
Samaria the way the Judeans did. However, that does not explain the statement
that "He had to pass through Samaria."

There was antagonism between the Jews and the Samaritans that extended back
to the time of Ezra and Nehemiah some 400 years earlier. The Samaritans were the
decedents of the foreign people that Shalmaneser had brought in after the
Assyrians had conquered Israel and deported the Israelites to other lands. These
were pagan people who pleaded with Shalmaneser to provide a priest from the
Israelites so they could deal "with the god of the land" – which is how
they viewed Yahweh (2 Kings 17:24-41). The result was a mixture of paganism and
Jewish worship of the LORD. When Nehemiah returned from Babylon to rebuild the
temple in Jerusalem he refused to allow the Samaritans to help because of their
mixture of truth and error though they claimed to be worshippers of the LORD.
The Samaritans instead built their own temple on Mt. Gerizim and continued their
own practices. The religious and racial antagonism continued in the time of
Christ.

The Judean Jews, being a bit more snobbish, would not go through Samaria if
they could help it. If they needed to go to Galilee, they would go down to the
Jordan valley and then travel north through Perea and Decapolis. The Galileans,
on the other hand, did not mind as much and would take the direct route north
from Jerusalem through Samaria and into Galilee.

Some claim this is why Jesus went through Samaria. However, for Jesus, this
would have been more effort because He was already in the Jordan valley, and it
would have been a lot easier for Him to travel up the Jordan River road and then
through the plain of Meggido to Cana than to ascend into the Judean hills and
then travel north. The route he took would have been both farther and required
climbing to a higher elevation, and when you have to walk, that makes a big
difference! In addition, our text makes an emphasis on the fact that Jesus "had
to" / "must needs" go through Samaria. Some have said that this was because
Jesus was trying to avoid Herod. That is possible, but I think the story here
proves more than adequate that Jesus had to go through Samaria because His
Father had an appointment for Him at Jacob’s well near Sychar.

If you really believe that God is sovereign, then you do not see
circumstances as happenstance, but God’s providence. That is also true with the
people we meet. Our circumstances are not an accident, but divine opportunities
to give glory to Him by what we say and how we act.

Since Jesus did take the more difficult route, we can understand the comment
in verse 6 that Jesus was "wearied from His journey" and so was sitting
by the well, or possibly even on the rampart that surrounded the well. It had
been a long journey that morning climbing out of the Jordan Valley up to Shechem.
It was now about noon (the sixth hour from sunrise), and Jesus sits down by the
Jacob’s well, which is by the road there.


OPENING THE CONVERSATION (John 4:7-9)

While Jesus is sitting there, a divine encounter begins.

John 4:7 (NASB) There ^came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus ^said
to her, "Give Me a drink." 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to
buy food. 9 The Samaritan woman therefore ^said to Him, "How is it that You,
being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no
dealings with Samaritans.)

The disciples went into the city to buy some food and leave Jesus sitting by
the well. A Samaritan woman comes to fill her pitcher with water, and Jesus’
surprises her with a request that she would never have expected. He asks her for
a drink of water. She would have recognized that Jesus was a Jew both from His
clothing and His speech. Just as there are regional accents today, so there was
then, and the Jews and Samaritans had different accents. She does not understand
how it would be that Jesus, being a Jew, would ask her, a Samaritan woman, for a
drink. John adds a comment at the end of verse 9 to clarify the reason for her
surprise. The translation , "the Jews have no dealings with Samaritans"
is not accurate. The fact is that the Jews would deal with the Samaritans and
their land was not even considered unclean, even though the Judean Jews sought
to avoid it. The Jews did buy and trade with the Samaritans even as Jesus
disciples had gone into the city to do. They went to buy food from the
Samaritans. This would be better translated as "for the Jews do not use
together with the Samaritans."
The word translated as "dealings with"
is sugcrwntai /sugxrontai which is a compound word
from sun (sun) meaning "with" and
crowmai (xroomai) meaning "to use" or "make
use
" resulting in "to use with."

Jesus did not have anything to either draw water from the well or to drink
from. His request required that He drink from her pitcher. This was considered
an unclean practice by the Pharisees and the Jews in general. It is one thing to
trade with the Samaritans, but quite another to actually drink from the same
cup.

How do you get someone’s attention in order to talk with them about God and
Jesus? We can learn from Jesus here that we should not act according to
religious stereotypes but according to God’s Word. Jesus did not see this woman
as an unclean Samaritan, but as the object of God’s love, and one day He would
die for her sins in order to cleanse her.

How often do Christians act like the Pharisees with a religious snobbery that
separates them from sinful people rather than reaching out to them as Jesus did?
The result? They miss the opportunity to demonstrate God’s love and to tell
someone the gospel that would save their souls and change them. Have you been
like that? Are you like that? I am glad for the opportunities I have had in jail
ministries, with rescue missions, hospital ministries and such to talk with and
touch those considered outcasts by our society.

Do you want to open up a conversation with a non-Christian that could lead to
sharing the gospel? Then don’t act in the stereo-typical religious manner.
Demonstrate a true interest in others. Be kind to those who don’t expect it. Ask
them questions and show genuine interest in their answers. Jesus even asked the
Samaritan woman for help. Ask them for a favor or do them a favor. Either can
open up a door into their hearts. Jesus’ request to the Samaritan woman opened
the door for meaningful conversation with someone that would have otherwise
ignored Him.


INVITING QUESTIONS (John 4:10-12)

Next, Jesus makes a statement designed to intrigue her and prompt her to ask
questions. It is another mashal, a riddle-like saying that causes reflection to
make a hidden point. John 4:10 (NASB) Jesus answered and said to her, "If you
knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you
would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

Jesus statement lets her know that there is more to Him than what she sees.
He interjects a statement giving a clue that He is talking about a spiritual
subject, "If you knew the gift of God," but she does not recognize it.
Neither does she recognize the double meaning to "living water." Jesus is
talking about something spiritual, but she only understood the common meaning.

Water that was in a cistern or a stagnant well was referred to as just water.
Water that was from a stream or a spring was referred to as "living water."
It was water that came from something that was moving or bubbling up. This
kind of water is always better than stagnant water and therefore much more
desirable. She is intrigued with His statement and responds in John 4:11,12.

She ^said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is
deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 "You are not greater than our
father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, and his
sons, and his cattle?"

She could only see what was before her and so she questions how Jesus could
get this water since He did not even have a rope and bucket. She expects a
negative answer to her question about Jesus being greater than Jacob, but the
question shows that she is beginning to sense there is more to this stranger
than meets the eye.

One of the tasks we have when witnessing to others is to try and get them
thinking for themselves. Jesus does that here using a mashal. We may not be able
to come up with something as profound as Jesus, but we can ask questions and
make statements that speak of a world beyond the physical here and now. We can
challenge people to think beyond their own little world and consider what may be
beyond them. We can also ask some open ended questions to get them to think
through issues. That is what I did with the professed atheist that e-mailed me.
I challenged him to use the same logic he has used to claim there is no God and
apply it to his own belief system. I also challenged him that he would not be an
atheist since he is not omniscient. God could very well exist and he had just
has not found Him yet. I asked him questions such as what is the source of his
own ultimate origin, to explain the origin of moral good, and what caused the
radical change in Jesus’ disciples?

The people you talk to, like the woman at the well, may not get it initially,
but getting them thinking is the first step toward being able to explain to them
spiritual truth.


INTRODUCING THE SPIRITUAL TRUTH ( John 4:13-15)

Jesus’ answer in verse 13 introduces the spiritual truth to her, but she
still does not understand.

John 4:13 (NASB) Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of
this water shall thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall
give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in
him a well of water springing up to eternal life. " 15 The woman ^said to Him,
"Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty, nor come all the way here to
draw."

Even though all that Jesus says about this living water is contrary to
physical water, this woman is still thinking in physical terms. Physical water
cannot stop a person from becoming thirsty again. You have to drink again and
again and again and still you will be thirsty in the future. The living water
Jesus spoke of gives lasting satisfaction. Physical water must come from an
outside source. The living water Jesus spoke of will be an internal spring of
resource. Physical water is needed for life, but physical life is limited and in
time it will end. Death statistics are pretty impressive. One out of one die.
The only exceptions so far are Enoch, who was not for God took him (Genesis
5:24) and Elijah who was taken up in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2:11). Jesus
died and then conquered death. The living water Jesus spoke of resulted in
eternal life. In addition, as Jesus had already pointed out in verse 10, this
living water comes as a gift.

Even though Jesus spoke of eternal life, which is certainly a spiritual
concept, the woman did not understand the nature of what Jesus was talking
about. She only thought of the convenience of not having to go to the well for
water anymore. This was even better than running water in the house, because you
never got thirsty.

Remember that Satan has blinded the eyes of the unbelieving so that they
cannot see or understand spiritual truth (2 Corinthians 4:4). Don’t be
discouraged when those you talk to about spiritual things do not understand.
Until such point that they knowingly reject the gospel and become swine, before
whom you are not to cast the pearl of the gospel (Matthew 7:6), you still have
opportunity. Make more thought provoking statements and ask more questions.
Perhaps it may also be time to make the spiritual truth personal to them. That
is what Jesus does in verse 16.


CREATING THIRST (John 4:16-20)

John 4:16 (NASB) He ^said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."
 17 The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus ^said to her, "You
have well said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the
one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly. "

Some have said that Jesus gives up and changes the subject here in verse 16.
Others have said He is calling for the husband in hopes of him understanding.
None of that is true. Jesus is omniscient. He knew the answer to His question
before He asked it. He asks the question to make the spiritual matter He is
talking about personal to her. His question is designed to force her to admit
her need for spiritual help. He is creating a spiritual thirst within her by
gently bringing out her sinfulness and need for a savior.

Her curt answer demonstrates that Jesus hit a soft spot of conviction.
Whereas prior to this she had been pretty talkative, now her answer is very
short, just three words in Greek. This is her defense. By quickly saying she has
no husband she is trying to put an end to the subject. But Jesus does not leave
the subject, and because He is omniscient, He reveals to her that He already
knows all about her life.

We are not told why she had five previous husbands. Perhaps they had died,
perhaps they had divorced her, or perhaps a mixture of both. The great
conviction was in the fact that the man she was currently with was not her
husband. She was living in an immoral relationship. She knew it, and so did
Jesus.

We need to be gentle with people and show them love, but that does not mean
we ignore their sin. We need to bring up the subject and point out that they
have failed to meet God’s laws. It is best if you can get them to see that for
themselves, as Jesus does here, than to bluntly accuse them of it. One of my
favorite ways of doing this is to talk about someone else committing sin so they
can see can see the parallel in their own life. That is what Nathan the prophet
did with David when he had sinned with Bathsheba and murdered Uriah (See 2
Samuel 12).

Many have said that the Samaritan woman’s response in verses 19 & 20 is just
trying to change the subject. While there may be a certain element of truth in
that she does not want to continue talking about her own sinfulness, I see in
her response a longing for something deeper in her life.

John 4:19 (NASB) The woman ^said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a
prophet. 20 "Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you [people] say that
in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."

By her own declaration she concludes that Jesus is a prophet. She knows she
is not dealing with an ordinary man. That is why I do not believe her response
is just trying to avoid further exposure. She has already been exposed by Jesus’
omniscience and is well aware that she can hide nothing from Him. I find in her
statement a longing to know how to properly worship God. The Samaritans had
produced their own copy of the books of Moses in which they had changed certain
passages. From their adulterated Pentateuch they taught that the true worship of
the LORD had to take place on Mt. Gerizim, which was directly south of where
they were standing. She may well have pointed to it as she made her statement.
The Jews argued from the uncorrupted books of Moses that the true worship of God
was to occur in Jerusalem. This woman is appealing to a man she believes to be a
prophet, and may have already been wondering if He was the Messiah, to solve
this problem for her. How could she truly seek God if she did not even know
where to go to worship Him.

We often find that non-Christians do want to want to know and worship the
true God, but they do not know Him, and what they have been taught has been
contrary to the truth.


DECLARING THE TRUTH (John 4:21-24)

Jesus responds to her with the truth. He is not afraid of offending her, yet
He is gentle with her for He points her beyond the conflict between the Jews and
Samaritans.

John 4:21 (NASB) Jesus ^said to her, "Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming
when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father.
22 "You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for
salvation is from the Jews. 23 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true
worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the
Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him
must worship in spirit and truth."

Jesus makes it very clear that the issue in worshiping God is not the
location, but the spirit and attitude of the worshiper. Jesus points out there
was a time coming when true worship would not take place in either Jerusalem or
on Mt. Gerizim. This is looking forward to the crucifixion and resurrection
which would render the animal sacrifice of the Jews and the Samaritans obsolete.
Jesus came to establish a new covenant. When Jesus died, the veil in the Temple
was torn from top to bottom. God would not dwell in a temple made of human
hands, but in the hearts of those who love Him.

Jesus is also very clear that the Samaritans were wrong. They "worship
that which [they] do not know."
Their attempt to worship the LORD was
commendable, but it was perverted and so they had wrong ideas about God. The
Jews were given the revelation from God and from it could know and worship the
true God. But Jesus did not stop there. He goes on to declare the more important
truth.

We too must be careful to press on to the more important truths. It is very
easy to get wrapped up in winning the point and in doing so alienating the
person we are trying to talk with. Yes, we declare the truth, but always in love
and always with pointing to the truths of greater importance. God is seeking
true worshipers and you can be one if you want.

Jesus states that "an hour is coming, and now is," because that is the
nature of His kingdom. It is still true. We worship God now, but the greater
reality will be when we reach heaven. It is both future and present.

The true nature of the worship of God is doing so in spirit and in truth for
that is in reflection of His own nature. God’s nature is completely spiritual.
He is not a deity of stone or wood as the idolaters believe. He is not a God of
just one location such as Samaria as the Samaritan forefathers had believed so
many centuries earlier. He does not exist in the created elements as the
pantheists believe. God is a spirit. He is incorporeal. He created the world and
all that is in it and He transcends it.

The true worship of God does not occur in performing religious rituals. There
are many that perform acts of humility and submission to a god of some sort,
perhaps even in the belief it is worship of the true God, as did the Samaritans.
Yet the whole time they live in a manner contrary to God’s commands. True
worship comes from within the person’s spirit out of a desire to honor and
glorify their Creator with their lives in every area. The outward actions of
worship arise from an inward reality.

Truth is also essential for worship, and truth is determined by God and not
man. That is the main reason that true worship has a focus on the Scriptures,
for God’s word is truth (John 17:17 – See:

The Centrality of the Word in Worship
)
. Too many people
formulate their own methods of worshiping God and then conclude that is the way
God is to be worshiped. That is religion, not worship. (See:

Worship That Pleases God,
Pt. 2)
True worship approaches God in
the manner that God commands. It is with humility, faith, respect, honor, praise
and confession (See:

Marks of True Worship
)
. True worship results in a manner of life
that is in keeping with truth so that God is glorified by the things you do and
say (See:

Marks of True Worship,
Pt. 2
  and

Worship That Pleases God,
Pt. 1
)
. The only way to actually
worship God is in spirit and truth and that will come out in everything you do.
Not only what may happen in a church service (See:

Music in Worship
  and

Expressing Worship
)
, but in how you live daily life as well
(See:

Worship in Daily Life
)
. Anything other than that is false
worship.

We must remember when we are talking with people that the goal of our
conversation is God’s glory and not our winning an argument. We seek to point
people to God Himself that they may worship Him in spirit and in truth


PROVIDING HOPE (John 4:25,26)

Jesus’ conversation with this woman ends with hope.

John 4:25 (NASB) The woman ^said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming
(He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to
us." 26 Jesus ^said to her, "I who speak to you am [He."]

In many ways this woman is very ignorant, but she does understand some basic
truths. She has no clue about when Messiah would come, but she yearns for that
day, for in it there is hope. He would teach them all things. Jesus then
declares Himself to be that very person. He is the Messiah.

We might ask why Jesus would disclose Himself to this Samaritan woman when He
did not do so to so many others? We could speculate on this, but regardless of
what speculations are put forth, the final analysis would have to be that God is
gracious.

We must keep that in mind whenever we talk to someone. God is gracious. He
has extended an offer to all mankind that "whosoever will" believe in
Jesus Christ may be saved. We do not understand the spirit’s work on a human
heart. We do understand that God is gracious and He wants us to tell others
about it.

Jesus had a divine appointment by Jacob’s well where He asked a favor from a
Samaritan woman that was completely unexpected. He was kind, gracious and humble
to someone most people treated with contempt. He opened up a conversation and
turned it to spiritual matters she did not understand. He created a spiritual
thirst within her by pointing out her need for God. We was truthful with her,
but also loving. He did not condemn her. He had no disdain for her. He treated
her with grace and respect and revealed to her the hope she had always longed
for.

That is what Jesus wants us to do as well. Let’s follow His example in
reaching out to those disdained by religious society, but still loved by God. We
need to tell them about the God they do not know. We are to speak the truth to
them in love by giving them a hope they did not know they could have.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever
believes in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.


Sermon Notes – 2/24/2008 A.M.

KIDS CORNER

Parents, you are responsible to apply
God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children
– draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your
picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children Do
one or more of the following: 1) Write down all the verses mentioned in the
sermon and look them up later. 2) Count how many times "worship" is mentioned in
the sermon. Talk with your parents about how worship God in spirit & truth, and
how you can tell others about Jesus .

 

THINK ABOUT IT!

Questions to consider in discussing
the sermon with others. Where as Jesus and what had He and His disciples been
doing? Why did Jesus leave Judea for Galilee? What would have been the easiest
route for Him to take to Galilee? Why did Jesus go through Samaria? Why was the
Samaritan woman so surprised when Jesus asked her for a drink? How can you start
a conversation with someone that would otherwise be repulsive or antagonistic to
you? How can you make sure you have the right attitude? What was the double
meaning of "living water" in John 4:10? What can you do to prompt another person
to think? How did Jesus introduce spiritual truth to this woman? Did the woman
understand? Why not? How can you introduce spiritual truth to someone? What can
you do if they do not understand? How did Jesus create a spiritual thirst in the
woman? How can you create a spiritual thirst? What was the desire of this woman?
How did Jesus both correct her and give her hope? How can you bring a person to
a knowledge of their sin without being accusatory? What did Jesus mean that
worship would not be either at Jerusalem or on Mt. Girizim? What false ideas are
corrected by stating that God is spirit? What are some of the ways that people
give false worship to God? What does it mean to worship in Spirit? What are some
of the ways this is often done incorrectly? What does it mean to worship in
truth? How is truth determined? Why are both necessary to true worship? What is
the evidence of true worship? Do you worship that way? What are the essential
truths of the gospel? Write out a plan to witness to someone (a specific person
would be best), have others pray for you and then carry out your plan.

The Messiah’s Call to Worship – John 4

Introduction

God loves the world and He sent Jesus to save __________

The hard part in telling someone about Jesus can be turning the
conversation to _______________


Departure from Judea (John 4:1-3)

Jesus Himself was not __________

Jesus was on a divine _________. He would not __________________ before the
proper time


Passing Through Samaria (John 4:4-6)

Jesus _____________ through Samaria

The Samaritans were a people of mixed heritage – _________ and those
brought in by the Assyrians

Their religion was a mixture of __________ and paganism

Judean Jews would not travel through _________, but Galilean Jews would

It was more __________ and ____________ for Jesus to travel through Samaria

Circumstances are not happenstance, but part of Divine ___________ – God’s
sovereignty at work

Jesus was _______ from His journey & sat down by _____________ near Shechem.
It is about noon


Opening the Conversation (John 4:7-9)

The Samaritan woman is ___________ at Jesus’ request for a drink of water
from her

"for the Jews do not use together with the Samaritans." Jesus would
have had to ______from her pitcher

We can get someone’s attention by ______________ and not acting with
snobbish religious stereotypes

Demonstrate a true _________ in others. Be ______ to all. Ask genuine
questions – even ask for ______.


Inviting Questions (John 4:10-12)

Jesus interjects a statement indicating that He is talking about a
____________ subject

Living water has a __________ meaning. A metaphor for ____________ or Water
from a well or ______.

She responded with questions of her own. Try to get people to start
____________ for themselves.

Make statements, ask questions to prod them beyond the ___________________


Introducing the Spiritual Truth (John 4:13-15)

Jesus described the "living water" in terms that were ______________ any
physical capacity

The woman did not _______________. Satan has ___________ the eyes of the
unbelieving

Until a person knowingly ________ the gospel, you still have opportunity.


Creating Thirst (John 4:16-20)

Jesus is omniscient. He knew the answer to His question _________ He asked
it.

Jesus brought her to a point of ________ conviction. She was living with a
man who was _____________.

Try to get them to recognize their own sin rather than just ______them. Use
Nathan’s example – 2 Sam. 12

She changes the subject from her personal sin to how to ____________God.


Declaring the Truth (John 4:21-24)

The issue in worship is not ___________, but the spirit and attitude of the
worshiper

Jesus points out her error and _________her to the truth and ____________
to the more important subject

Declare the _________, but always in ______and always with pointing to the
truths of greater importance.

True worship of God is in ________ and in ________ for that reflects His
own nature

Religious rituals and works ______________ true worship of God

True worship comes from __________ the person’s ________ out of a desire to
honor and glorify God

________ is also essential for worship, and _______ is determined by God
and not man

When man formulates his own methods of worship, he only has _________

True worship _______God and comes to Him with humility, faith, respect,
honor, praise and confession

True worship is expressed in a __________________ that is in keeping with
the truth & glorifies God


Providing Hope (John 4:25,26)

The woman is ignorant in many ways, but she does long for the coming of
_____________

Jesus reveals Himself to her because He is __________. We must follow His
example

Jesus _________opened up a conversation with someone usually treated with
contempt by His society.

Jesus turned the conversation to __________ matters and created a
___________ thirst

Jesus was truthful, but also _______. He treated her with _____and revealed
the answer to her great hope.

We are to speak the truth to them in ______by giving them a ______ they did
not know they could have


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