Small steps in faith

Monday, May 02, 2011

"John 4: 1-15"

A Tale of Two Empty People

He has a name...Nicodemus
She has no name

He is in Judah
She is in Samaria

He comes to Jesus
Jesus goes to her

He is revered
She is reviled

You can never to too high to not need salvation and you an never be too low to receive salvation

After Solomon Israel splits into Samaria and Jerusalem
Assyria comes in and defeats the northern kingdom. Some stay in Samaria and there are 2 theologies
Jews hate Samaritans..they diluted pure worship of the living God
There is tension and strife
Jesus meets a lady with 3 strikes

She's a Samaritan
A woman
Has a sordid past

She comes to the well at noon because of shame
Jacob's's 100 ft deep and still works today
Jesus goes out of his way to get to this woman
He's tired but still cares about this woman's salvation
When you and I do gospel work, we will be weary

Being missional....
1. Jesus cares for the lost.. People are hard to love
a. Pray for the lost
b. Remember the mercy given to you
c. compare others to Christ, not yourself
d. feel the weight of our future (judgment)

2. Jesus displays vulnerability
If unbelievers see you as squeaky clean, that's a problem

3. Jesus connects (the earthly and spiritual)
There is a well inside of us
Problem..Her bucket is leaking Jeremiah 2:13.. Broken cisterns

4. Jesus offers (a deeper search)
Use your life earthly to connect to others spiritually...always be ready


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