John writes a lot about Jesus and water in his gospel. Jesus turns water into wine, He speaks of being born by “water and Spirit”, His disciples baptize in water, He heals a man by a pool of water, and He walks on water. In our chapter today, John describes how Jesus offers “Living Water” to a woman who was an outcast in a village of outcasts. Perhaps you have felt isolated or left out of your community. Maybe it was even at church. You could still feel this way.
Jesus invites you to come to the well.
Sermon Study Questions
Read: John 4
- The woman at the well was an outcast among outcasts. What time in your life have you felt isolated? Did you know God at that time? Who helped you get back into community?
- Jesus invites the woman to receive “Living Water”. What does that mean? Do you feel as though you have received Living Water? Does it make any difference in your life?
- Wallace, a writer, said in a commencement speech, “Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” Do you agree? What do you worship? Jesus says in our passage we should worship God in Spirit and truth. What does it mean to worship in Spirit and truth?
- The woman’s response to finding out Jesus is the Messiah is to go and tell the people from whom she has been isolated. Likely at least some of these people had been unkind to her because of her situation. Could you share your faith with someone who hurt you?