John 4:7-45 Samaritan Woman At The Well

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Care

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· What are you thankful for this week?

· What are you struggling with and how can we help?

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Accountability

· How did you apply the lesson from last week? How did it go for you?

· Who did you share the story with, and what was their response?

Story: John 4:7-45

The Purpose: Witnessing Through Sharing Your Testimony

Relate the Background: The story begins when Jesus decided to pass through the region of Samaria as He continues His ministry. During His time, the Jews would not associate with Samaritans and would rather walk an extra day to cross the Jordan and pass through the east side than pass through Samaria. Jews believed that associating with Samaritans (like using their drinking vessels to drink) would make them unclean. Furthermore, Jewish religious leaders were rarely seen speaking to women. In this story, Jesus broke these social norms by passing through Samaria and asking a Samaritan woman for a drink.

Read the Story: Either the facilitator or members of the group can read. Read it once with Bibles open with the members following along, and once with Bibles closed.

John 4:7-45

6-8 The well that Jacob had dug was still there, and Jesus sat down beside it because he was tired from traveling. It was noon, and after Jesus' disciples had gone into town to buy some food, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well.

Jesus asked her, “Would you please give me a drink of water?”

9 “You are a Jew,”she replied, “and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink of water when Jews and Samaritans won’t have anything to do with each other?”[a]

10 Jesus answered, “You don’t know what God wants to give you, and you don’t know who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would ask me for the water that gives life.”

11 “Sir,”the woman said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this life-giving water? 12 Our ancestor Jacob dug this well for us, and his family and animals got water from it. Are you greater than Jacob?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. 14 But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.”

15 The woman replied, “Sir, please give me a drink of that water! Then I won’t get thirsty and have to come to this well again.”

16 Jesus told her, “Go and bring your husband.”

17-18 The woman answered, “I don’t have a husband.”

“That’s right,”Jesus replied, “you’re telling the truth. You don’t have a husband. You have already been married five times, and the man you are now living with isn’t your husband.”

19 The woman said, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. 20 My ancestors worshiped on this mountain,[b] but you Jews say Jerusalem is the only place to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her:

Believe me, the time is coming when you won’t worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans don’t really know the one you worship. But we Jews do know the God we worship, and by using us, God will save the world. 23 But a time is coming, and it is already here! Even now the true worshipers are being led by the Spirit to worship the Father according to the truth. These are the ones the Father is seeking to worship him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth.

25 The woman said, “I know that the Messiah will come. He is the one we call Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 “I am that one,”Jesus told her, “and I am speaking to you now.”

27 The disciples returned about this time and were surprised to find Jesus talking with a woman. But none of them asked him what he wanted or why he was talking with her.

28 The woman left her water jar and ran back into town. She said to the people, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! Could he be the Messiah?”30 Everyone in town went out to see Jesus.

31 While this was happening, Jesus' disciples were saying to him, “Teacher, please eat something.”

32 But Jesus told them, “I have food that you don’t know anything about.”

33 His disciples started asking each other, “Has someone brought him something to eat?”

34 Jesus said:

My food is to do what God wants! He is the one who sent me, and I must finish the work that he gave me to do. 35 You may say that there are still four months until harvest time. But I tell you to look, and you will see that the fields are ripe and ready to harvest.

36 Even now the harvest workers are receiving their reward by gathering a harvest that brings eternal life. Then everyone who planted the seed and everyone who harvests the crop will celebrate together. 37 So the saying proves true, “Some plant the seed, and others harvest the crop.”38 I am sending you to harvest crops in fields where others have done all the hard work.

39 A lot of Samaritans in that town put their faith in Jesus because the woman had said, “This man told me everything I have ever done.”40 They came and asked him to stay in their town, and he stayed on for two days.

41 Many more Samaritans put their faith in Jesus because of what they heard him say.42 They told the woman, “We no longer have faith in Jesus just because of what you told us. We have heard him ourselves, and we are certain that he is the Savior of the world!”

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

43-44 Jesus had said, “Prophets are honored everywhere, except in their own country.”Then two days later he left 45 and went to Galilee. The people there welcomed him, because they had gone to the festival in Jerusalem and had seen everything he had done.

Footnotes:

  1. 4.9 won’t have anything to do with each other: Or “won’t use the same cups.”The Samaritans lived in the land between Judea and Galilee. They worshiped God differently from the Jews and did not get along with them.
  2. 4.20 this mountain: Mount Gerizim, near the city of Shechem.

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Retell the Story: Have a group member retell the story in their own words. If they miss parts or misunderstand, ask the rest of the group to help them, or fill in what they have forgotten.

Ask Questions for discussion and clarification: These are sample questions you might use for this story. Also use your own. Let their answers to your questions do the teaching.

Application

What is your “I will _____________”for this lesson?

Who will you share this story with?

Summarize the Session: (Relate to the Purpose)

The Samaritan Woman immediately told others about Jesus even though it was just the first time she met Him. She didn’t have to know a lot or know everything before she told others about Jesus. All she needed to do was share about her own experience with Christ and encouraged others to meet Him. It also shows that God can use anyone to bring others to Him. During this time, Samaritans and women were considered low class of society, still, Jesus broke the social barriers and chose a woman to reveal Himself and bring Samaritans to Him.

Close in Prayer

Thank the Lord for choosing to reveal Himself to you. Despite your mistakes and failures, Jesus chose to stop and reveal Himself to you. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom as to who you should share your testimony to. Ask Him to help you overcome personal biases.

Set the time and place for the next meeting, and remind them to feel free to invite others to join the group. Ask the group to read the next story before the next meeting and prepare to share a summary in their own words.