Sunday, May 5, 2024

John 4:1-4

In a conversation filled with both conviction and compassion, Jesus breaks down social conventions to show the woman at the well the “living water” she was seeking.

Starting Out:
1. Have you ever avoided a person or group of people because you were afraid of something they might do or say to you?

Read John 4:1-14:
2. What is culturally unusual about Jesus striking up a conversation with a solitary Samaritan woman?
3. Why did Jesus wrap his good news of salvation in the metaphor of living water?

Read John 4:15-26:
4. Why does Jesus take the conversation into the uncomfortable territory of exposing the woman’s marital history?
5. Why might the Samaritan woman have abruptly changed the subject in verse 20?
6. What did Jesus mean when he said, “Salvation is from the Jews.”?
7. What does it mean for followers of Jesus to worship in spirit and in truth?

Read John 4:27-42:
8. How is the heart change of the Samaritan woman evident in verses 28-29?
9. How do the metaphors of living water (vs. 8-15) and food (vs. 32-34) complement one another?
10. Is the Samaritan woman’s poor reputation in her community as asset or detriment in her telling others about Jesus?

Taking it Home:
11. Where do you think the whitest fields for you to accomplish God’s work in your life are?
12. What has Jesus done in your life that you can tell others about?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
Acts 11, Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 9:35-38