Icebreaker

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Purpose:

The purpose of this lesson is to discover the heart of the Father towards those who are far from Him.

Main Scripture:

 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.” 16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. 17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” 21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” 25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” (John 4: 1-26 NLT)

 

Discussion:

In this passage, Jesus modeled for us the right attitude that we should have towards people who are lost and on the outskirts of society. Not only can we use this as an example for the way we should treat people, we can see that this is the way that God feels about us- as His sons and daughters. We know that the woman in this scripture passage went on to become a great evangelist for the Kingdom of God. Many people were affected by her testimony. Her encounter with Jesus changed her life forever. When we encounter Jesus the same happens for us, andfor everyone with whom we come in contact.

1. nothing will stop me from getting to you

 He had to go through Samaria on the way. (vs. 4

Q1 - Where did Jesus find you?

Q2 -  Where is God sending you to find those who are lost?

2. I believe in you

 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” (v 7)

Q3- God always calls those who are least likely to do His work. What is God calling you to do? Did you ever think that this would be your call?

Q4- Why is believing in a person so important? How does our belief in others cause them to grow?

 

3. I came to bless you

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. (v 10)

Q5 -  Jesus began to uncover some of her "wells." In what areas of our lives have we chosen counterfeit wells over the Fountain of Living Water.

Q6 - The Holy Spirit is the living water that we seek. Describe how relationship with the Holy Spirit refreshes you everyday?

 

4. I am here to save you

 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” (v 26)

Q7 - What has God saved you from? How do we partner with Jesus to do this for others?

Q8 - The Samaritan Woman left her water pot and ran to town to tell others. What things do we need to lay down, so that we can run for the sake of the Gospel?

 

Declaration:

I know that God is for me. He sent His son to save me and deliver me from everything that left me empty. I choose to be a carrier of His grace and blessing. I choose to look for others who need to experience the fountain of living water. I will be His witness; and I will carry His message. I know that God loves me and through me, others will experience His love.

 

Application:

If there are things that you need to lay down for the sake of the Gospel, take a physical (action) step this week to lay those things down.