In chapters 2-4, Jesus encounters 4 Jewish institutions and shows that He is the fulfillment or the true reality to which they all point. This morning we examine, the 4th and final institution, a sacred well. As Jesus travels from Judea to Galilee, He purposely travels through Samaria and encounters a women drawing water at a well. There, Jesus offers her living water, a superior water that wells up to eternal life. Remarkably and while breaking many religious and cultural taboos, Jesus reveals his identity as the Messiah first to a Samaritan woman with a painful past. And in so doing, teaches us that the Kingdom of God crosses both social, religious and cultural barriers. The work of the church is to carry the message of gospel, of God's provision of living water to the nations.
Community Group Questions:
- What is the difference between a Jew and a Samaritan?
- What are two different ways of understanding this woman’s condition? How does each view change the way you think about this account?
- Was Jesus’ presence in Samaria incidental or intentional?
- What do we learn about Jesus’ humanity from this text?
- In what ways does Jesus break the social and religious taboos of his day?
- What is the living water Jesus is offering? Cross reference this text with Jeremiah 2:13, 17:13, Isaiah 55, John 7:37-39
- What does it mean to worship God in spirit and in truth? Is the worship you offer in spirit and in truth or is it often mindless habit or apathetic or grounded in something other than the Scriptures?
- How and when did God find you and reveal himself to you?
- What do you think the disciples of Jesus learned from their time with him in Samaria?
- In what ways does Jesus exemplify God’s heart for the nations and provide an example of cross cultural evangelism for the church?