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2.3.8 1.21.2018 John 4.7-26 Gnu Answers to Gnawing Questions

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All Alone together…

Entice: Are you tired of the sex-capades of the rich and famous? I am. I think it is good that we have a renewed emphasis on victims. As such our culture is actually moving closer to Jesus…who led the way when it comes to embracing the victim as well redeeming the victimizer.
Entice: Are you tired of the sex-capades of the rich and famous? I am. I think it is good that we have a renewed emphasis on victims. As
such our culture is actually moving closer to Jesus…who led the way when it comes to embracing the victim and redeeming the victimizer.
Engage: At times I must confess, I am puzzled. Why is there so much evidence of discontent by the richest people in the most affluent society in history? How do so many fall through the cracks in that same society, discarded and destitute? Can we fix it? Can we even identify what the real problems are?
• Engage: Why is there so much evidence of discontent by the richest people in the most affluent society in history? How do so many fall
through the cracks in that same society, discarded and destitute? Can we fix it? Can we even identify what the real problems are?
Expand: Jesus met a lady one day. A lady who was as lost as a harassing Hollywood mogul, as lost as a homeless beggar. As confounded and confused as a religious drifter. He changed her life. He changed that community. He showed love & compassion, toughness & tenderness, purity & perspective-he even used humor & humility. Let’s read our scripture then explore the story and see how He provides a model for reaching the seekers in our society-all those hurting millennials and dones, and nones.
• Expand: Jesus met a lady one day. A lady who was as lost as a harassing Hollywood mogul, as lost as a homeless beggar. He changed her
Expand: Jesus met a lady one day. A lady who was as lost as a harassing Hollywood mogul, as lost as a homeless beggar. He changed her
John 4:7–26 ESV
7 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. 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.”
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life. He changed that community. He showed love & compassion, toughness & tenderness, purity & perspective-he even used humor &
Excite: His model does not require us to be hateful or rude. Jesus shows us how to be firm and kind at the same time prompting those who are foundering to find the answers to their lost condition by first asking the right questions. We live in a society full of people whose access to the Kingdom is barred by their own sinful Alienation:
humility. He provides a model for reaching the seekers in our society-all those hurting millennialls and dones, and nones.
▾ Excite: His model does not require us to be hateful or rude. Jesus shows us how to be firm and kind at the same time prompting those who
are foundering to find the answers to their lost condition by first asking the right questions.

Our job is to teach our society to see that the only answer to the questions of our culture is Jesus.

• We live in a society full of people whose access to the Kingdom is barred by their own sinful Alienation: • Explore: Our job is to help our society to see that the only answer to our every contemporary mess is to find Jesus.
• Explore: Our job is to help our society to see that the only answer to our every contemporary mess is to find Jesus.
Explain: He provides answers to questions people don't even know how to articulate. questions like…
▾ Explain: He provides answers to questions people don't even know how to articulate.
questions like…
:

1 Why am I So Thirsty?

1.1 Wrong bucket, wrong well.

We focus on the temporary, physical and obvious
Rather than the eternal, spiritual and elusive.

1.2 We don't need a sip…We need a Source.

2 Why am I so Lonely?

2.1 Every group has ins and outs.

2.1 Every group has ins and outs.

Even the Samaritans had "undesirables".
Even the Samaritans had "undesirables".
Mostly we humans form our assesments, attractions, attachments, and affections based upon difference rather than similarity…we are
Mostly we humans form our assessments, attractions, attachments, and affections based upon difference rather than similarity…we are exclusive more than we are inclusive.
exclusive more than we are inclusive.
Once excluded it is nearly impossible to get included.
Once excluded it is nearly impossible to get included.

2.2 Sin cannot deliver what it promises.

2.2 Sin cannot deliver what it promises.
Big, impressive promises yield small, continual humiliations.
Big, impressive promises yield small, continual humiliations.
Guilt and shame are always the price of vice.
Guilt and shame are always the price of vice.

3 Why am I so Confused?

Perhaps it's because you

3.1 Change the subject rather than address your own sin.

Conversation and inquisitiveness cannot bridge the gap created by sin.
God is not easily distracted nor is He surprised by our defense mechanisms.

3.2 Sometimes Godly People value conflict over consensus.

Ok, yes religious people, good people have real disagreements about the “details.”
This is a factor but not critical. If you want the truth, you can find the truth.
However for many seekers the conflict is comforting and reinforces indecisiveness.

3.3 The pursuit of God ends not with principles or processes but a person.

3.3 The pursuit of God ends not with principles or processes but a person.

The issue is not

"what are you looking for?"

But

"Who?"

Shut Down:

Thirsty?

You don’t need a

better bucket

You need to draw from the

right well

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