Sda sermon on the woman at the well
Seventh-day Adventists believe in inspiring those around us to experience a life of wholeness and hope for an eternal future with God. Conflict is in the air from the beginning of the Gospel of John. At that point, John introduces a subtle break in the story. The word but is soft, but there is, nevertheless, a flag waving to the reader to slow down. Did Jesus, strictly speaking, have to go through Samaria?SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: CWC SDA featuring Dr. Abraham J. Jules - "Woman At The Well"
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Sermon - The Woman at the Well (K. McCottry)
Read John What can we learn from this story about how Jesus witnessed to non-Jews? In what ways did Jesus step outside the bounds of tradition in order to reach out to this woman? The Samaritan woman was alert, was well-informed about the history of her people, and she asked intelligent questions. She led the conversation with her questions. Jesus, however, responded to her questions and statements with the things that would benefit the woman spiritually.
Of course, asking her to do this opened the way for Him to reach out to her, however uncomfortable she had become. Nevertheless, by doing this, He was able to witness to her in a powerful way. The disciples were surprised because Jesus was talking with this foreign woman.
Jesus transgressed a few Jewish customs: first, asking a Samaritan woman to give Him a drink; second, being alone with her. In Israel a man could not be seen alone with a woman unless she was a family member.
Jesus followed Jewish customs when in Israel. However, in Samaria He was outside Jewish territory and not bound by Jewish traditions, even though as we have seen elsewhere, Jesus distinguished between human-made traditions and the commands and precepts of God.
How far out of your own comfort zone are you willing to go in order to minister to others? How far should you go? Samaria was not a mission field for Jesus' disciples; in Matthew 10 when Jesus sends them out, He is particular in telling them to neither go to the Gentiles nor to the Samaritans. In John chapter 4, they are in Samaria because Jesus said He needed to go through it on his way to Galilee but they have no part in Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well nor are they involved in the preaching of the gospel in the Samaritan town near Jacob's well.
There is a necessary selectivity that is required for cross-cultural missions because everyone is not equipped for it.. In John chapter 4, the disciples were both of these things which is part of the reason Jesus sent them away on an errand; had they remained there, the woman at the well probably does not have the conversion experience she needed. Kevin I wondered at the same opinion given for Samaria to be an ideal mission field for the apostles,and the same text, Matt.
Jesus used more than one situation that was not what we would choose,to accomplish His goal. Such as answering questions completely different than expected. Initially Jesus didn't send his disciples to Samaria because they were not ready, but just before He ascended to heaven He did send them to Samaria and I believe this is the time to which the lesson refers. I believe Jesus "had" to go through Samaria so that he could meet this woman, and I believe He was using it as part of his teaching process to prepare the disciples for when He was no longer with them.
And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Any sample from the bible?? Sometimes believers allow their prejudices and customs to get in the way of bringing someone to Christ. In this case, the disciples, like most Jews, didn't have any dealings with Samaritans. Thankfully, they went away while Jesus remained there. The way Jesus treated the Samaritan woman is the way Christians ought to treat those who are lost or are not of the faith.
It is love and kindness which will bring them to Christ not judgement and condemnation. Instead of condemning her, Jesus commended her for her honesty when she admitted that she was not married. It is no wonder that she was anxious to go and witness to her community about the Man who knew everything she had ever done.
It is the same with us. Our dealings with the people whom we are witnessing to should be such that they go and tell their families, friends and neighbours what they have heard. Jesus is our perfect Example of how a missionary should be and because of Him, this woman became a missionary too. In the lunchtime encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well Jesus did not offer the lady anything physical or temporal. Nor did He spend the few precious moments in small talk to establish a bond that He could draw on at maturity.
On other occasions Jesus accepted dinner invitations Matthew , healed sick folks John , told parables Matthew , or just preached Matthew , always offering salvation. The Son of God sent Jonah with a message of doom Jonah A whole city was receptive. The purpose is always to save.
Rather than take the lead and simply choose safe self-serving and self-preserving activities of witness ask the Spirit for direction. If uncertain about what to do just start doing something small by faith and Jehovah will guide that active demonstrated willingness where one may best be used.
Just be sure to always make the cross central in the effort to reach others. Raymond so far l havent seen anywhere in the bible that says that a Catholic is a beast. Then we will have millions and trillions of beasts. Rev 14 is specific of 1 beast then its worshipers whom God is going to destroy. On the other hand God is calling people to worship him alone and be saved.
The bible doesnt teach that. Jesus reach us even when we are known to be the most sinners and when we are not even worthy to be called his Sons and Daughters. Amazing, whatever Christ did was purposive of winning souls mission. Places, parameters and people all present each one of us with great opportunity for mission.
So we all can do great mission if we can first accept the gift offered to the Samaritan woman, the gift of living water from our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Paul's sermon in the book of Hebrews is a good example. He started with what they believed and then showed them something better. Our Lord is very concerning of all people. He is very wise and loving as he speaks to the woman.
If you notice, He commends her for being honest. He does'nt make her angry to the point of scaring her off. He speaks with love and truth. We must remember this story in ministereing to others that are lost. There is a right way to do so to make a positive impression. The Lord has left this story as an example on how to share the Love of the Lord and the word.
Consider Romans He has given us all a chance to accept him. He has sought us and came to us with love while we were intangled in our sinful ways.
As we go out and share may we exhibit the light of Christ and be aware of how we speak to those that are lost. There is a way to speak without tearing one down or judging them on their choice of religion. We can start by loving them and be friending them and being available to answer their questions. If it was'nt for the Grace of the Lord and the Lord sending someone to befriend me and show me light, I would have not known the truth or be aware of The truth in Gods' Law and how to truly love the Lord.
May we continue to Spread the truth to all. Thank you all for your encouraging words and perspectives on this lesson. I would disagree with the quarterly statements of "She led the conversation Without Jesus' initiating the dialogue, the woman would have come and gone in silence.
Jesus started and controlled the whole conversation, while she tried to go off on tangents. Jesus patiently guided to the woman to be receptive to the Truth He came all that way to give her and the citizens of that town which she ran to call and lead back to see and meet "the Messiah". His departure from the traditions and restrictions were nothing more than His rejection of the limits that prejudiced and bigoted men impose upon others. Now in order to be effective, Jesus had to follow the limits where any departure from them would have stifled His efforts.
No one can force another to obey when dealing with sinners. They must be kindly, patiently guided, as one would woo a stranger into becoming a spouse. Jesus was ever respectful of the limits of those He labored for, and seemed to find more freedom and greater faith outside of Israel. I agree with Shirley, the disciples were too prejudiced to be sent to Samaria on their first mission efforts.
They had followed the man-made restrictions too long and it would take time, teaching and demonstrations before they would be ready. Concerning the question at the bottom: We should be willing to go as far as the Holy Spirit leads. If we are shackled by some limiting "comfort zone", it is because "self" is still our focus above others and the will of God. As far as mission fields go those with the most knowledge should the first objective so I don't think it was only the disciples that weren't ready.
The Samaritans weren't exactly unprejudiced themselves see Lk What amazes me the most is the tact and thought that Jesus used in reaching that village. I don't think He would have had nearly the response if He chose to go through anyone else but that woman. In the Sabbath School lesson it mentioned that "In Israel a man could not be seen alone with a woman unless she was a family member. I think that should have raised eyebrows and generated some comment or explanation.
I doubt that would go over well today. James, I believe there are several factors to consider. The Godly reputation and behavior of Elijah, God "commanded" the widow, and the fact that she "sustained" him.
The Woman at the Well: Thirsty for Truth
Scripture: John Denomination: Seventh-Day Adventist. On the way to Galilee Jesus passed through Samaria.
By Dr. Philip W. McLarty The story of the woman at the well is familiar to most churchgoers. I had the privilege of studying the Gospel of John in seminary with Dr.
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John Jesus left Judea and started back to Galilee. Oh, Samaria! That was the strange place, the half-breed place, the place you are not supposed to visit if you are well brought up! All of us had some section of town when we were growing up that we were not supposed to visit. Two thousand years ago, that place was Samaria! But you know what? Jesus went through it! Jesus goes through the places that we think are off-limits. It was about noon. Jesus was tired.
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Categories: Bad Girls of the Bible , Blog. Not this girl. A moment of relief during the heat of the day. He sat. The Son of God, the Savior of the world, was limited by his humanness, just as we are.
We don't know her name or age. But her conversation with the Lord is his longest one-on-one chat recorded in Scripture. Reason enough to give our sister from Samaria a fresh look. It was high noon on a hot day.
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A year ago, I was able to travel with a couple of colleagues to Flint, Michigan, to distribute water in response to the water crisis. I never realized the necessity of water until educating myself about the crisis. The residents of Flint were only allotted one case of water per person every day at the water distribution area at the fire station. Unfortunately, one case of water was not enough for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning the house.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: The Story of The Samaritan Woman at the Well Explained
Some of the stories will be very familiar and others will probably be new to you. These ancient encounters are valuable for what they reveal about Jesus and what they teach us about the common problems of life. Although years have passed since Jesus walked on the earth, his words remain incredibly relevant. Times change but the human heart remains the same. We have the same hopes and fears and dreams and doubts.
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We don't know her name or age. But her conversation with the Lord is his longest one-on-one chat recorded in Scripture. Reason enough to give our sister from Samaria a fresh look. It was high noon on a hot day. Jesus, tired from traveling, chose a sensible rest stop—Jacob's well outside the town of Sychar—while waiting for his disciples to go into town for food.
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