Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Daily at the Well

Following is a portion of the small group curriculum I prepared to complement this weeks outreach related sermon taught primarily from John 4: 1-42.

The Big Idea:
We are called to engage the world. Our lives should naturally be all about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. But, too often we can become complacent or lose our awe of him who saved us. How do we prevent this?

Summary:
God loves people. Jesus demonstrated this when he interacted with the Samaritan woman at the well. Although she was supposedly below his social class, he introduced her to the living water, himself, and she believed. The disciples were shocked that he would associate with such a person. But the story continues. Who ended up bringing the people out to meet the savior of the world? Was it the disciples who daily walked with Jesus? No, surprisingly the disciples didn’t tell the good news to anyone in her town; rather, it was the Samaritan woman who had just encountered Jesus and was full of awe and excitement that enthusiastically ran into the village and led them out to meet Jesus. We must never allow Jesus to be old news either in our hearts or our minds. We must never lose our awe and amazement for who he is and what he has done for us. We must never allow ourselves to silently walk through life, not telling others the good news and introducing them to Christ. We must deeply love both God and people. This love will cause us to act like the Samaritan woman and enthusiastically proclaim the good news. We need to also keep our relationship with God fresh and daily have our meeting with Jesus at the well.

Discussion Questions: (read the scripture & discuss)

First, read John 4:1-42 and discuss this encounter.

Jeremiah 17:5-8
Where should we put our trust? What is the result of trusting God? Discuss some practical ways you can trust God instead of yourself or this world.

Psalm 1:1-3
What does the Psalmist declare is a habit of the blessed man? What is a result of meditating on God’s Word? Discuss some ideas on how this can be implemented in your life?

John 15:5-6 & 9-11
What does Jesus say is the result of remaining in him-living at the “well”? What role does obedience play? Discuss some things in your life that have helped you remain in him or have kept you at the “well” instead of in the world.

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