would we believe?

John 4:25-42

“The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’”Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him…….Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 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 truly the Savior of the world.”

Do we know about Jesus or do we really know Jesus?

Can we be as bold as the woman and go tell our friends?

What would we tell them?

Happy Clapping Praise Songs….

John 4:19-24
“The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’”

What is true worship?

What does it mean to worship in spirit?

What does it mean to worship in truth?

God’s desire is for us to worship him…why? Because God needs it? No…because God knows that we need it.

True worship is something you have to find for yourself. You have to be open to how God connects with you whether it be in praise music or The Lord’s Prayer.  Find some time to try out different forms of worship and see which one you need.

 

The quest for the Big Gulp.

John 4:10-18
“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.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’  Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’”

Jesus said that the water of this world only makes us thirst more.

What do we seem to gulp down in search of quenching our thirst?
Why does it refresh us only for a little while?
Why do we tend to use physical things to heal our hurts that are usually spiritual in nature?

Give me a drink……

John 4:7-9
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)”

Jesus asks her for something – a big change from people asking him for things all the time.
What could Jesus be asking us for?
Our great spiritual encounters often come through unexpected situations with unexpected people.  Take time to be aware this week to who God could be talking to you through.

Hide & Seek

Jeremiah 29:11-13
(NRSV)
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart…

This verse fills us with hope and comfort; and I don’t want to burst your bubble, but it’s not for you. At least it wasn’t meant for you alone, or even you as Christians, this was said before there even were Christians. This was promised to a group of Jews that had already been following God and were getting a little tired of it… However, we can apply it to ourselves. If God promised it to people God cared about so many years ago, then could God be promising it to us as well?  But just because God knows the plans, we have to want to seek God. God’s plans for us will come to light when we seek God.

How can you seek God today?