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The Samaritans and their saving faith.

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INTRODUCTION

· Stephen, the first Christian martyr, has died at the hands of an angry mod

· Because of the Christian persecution led be Saul, the church is has been scattered

· Acts 8:4 Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word.
Acts 8:4 ESV
Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.

· Phillip, one chosen faithful, wise, 7 men full of the Holy Spirit – “…went down to the main city of Samaria and began proclaiming the Christ to them” (Acts 8:5)

OBJECTIVE

1. Brief history of the Samaritans

2. The Saving Faith of the Samaritans

SAMARITANS HISTORY

1. Result of intermarriage with pagan nations

a. 2 Kings 17:24 The king of Assyria brought foreigners from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the Israelites.
2 Kings 17:24 ESV
And the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the people of Israel. And they took possession of Samaria and lived in its cities.

2. Mutual hatred between Jews and Samaritans

3. In Luke 9, James and John ask Jesus to allow them to call down fire from heaven to consume the Samaritans.

THE SAVING FAITH OF THE SAMARITANS

1. John 4 - Samaritan woman.

a. John 4:7-9 A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies.) 9 So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you—a Jew—ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.)
John 4:7–9 ESV
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 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.)

2. It was God’s Love, Grace and Mercy that provided the opportunity for the Samaritans to be saved.

a. Grace is an unmerited gift from God. There is nothing that I can do to earn this Grace. If so, there would have been no need for Christ.

b. God’s grace DOES NOT mean I’m provided a free ticket into heaven. It provides an opportunity.

c. Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have also OBTAINED ACCESS by FAITH into this GRACE in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory.
Romans 5:1–2 ESV
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3. HOW DO I GET FAITH - Romans 10:17 Consequently FAITH COMES FROM WHAT IS HEARD, and what is heard comes through the preached WORD OF CHRIST. (NET)
Romans 10:17 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

a. There is no special anointing or Holy Spirit possession.

4. The Samaritans believed the words of Jesus when he spoke with the woman at the well - John 4:41-42 and because of HIS WORD many more believed. 42 They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we HAVE HEARD for ourselves, and we know that this one really is the Savior of the world.”

John 4:41–42 ESV
And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

5. What is God’s word to I have to hear to be saved - Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16 ESV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

6. What must I do when I hear the Gospel - Acts 8:12-13 But when they believed Philip as he was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they BEGAN TO BE BAPTIZED, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. 13 Even Simon himself believed, and after he was baptized, he stayed close to Philip constantly, and when he saw the signs and great miracles that were occurring, he was amazed.

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