By God's Grace we are Renewing our World (Part II)

 John 4:7 - 26

 A woman from Samaria came 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 said to Him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from Me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered Him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

By God’s Grace we are Renewing our World” (Part II)

1.       Leading an intentional life of renewing

2.       The barriers we encounter

3.      Leaping over barriers

1. What is your typical heart response to someone who is in obvious sin?  Be honest!  Does your heart despise them? Pity them? Get bitter towards them?  Want to avoid them?  Want to see “justice” done?  What is your typical heart response to someone who is being obviously self-righteous? 

 2. What are the teachers of the law trying to accomplish in this passage?  How does Jesus expose the heart attitude of His fellow Jewish leaders?  How does the law of God show the reality of our own hearts?  Why is this a good starting place for renewing the world?

 3. John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”  How is this demonstrated in this particular passage? 

 4. How was Jesus not compromised for restoring this obviously sinful woman?  What does that communicate to us?  In what ways does this change your attitude toward those caught in any immorality; be it obvious sin or the more hidden self-righteousness?

5. Where have you been guilty of a Pharisaical heart?  How has Jesus’ response challenged you to respond differently?