A Different Kind Of Encounter
Sunday, November 03, 2019
(Part 1 of a 3-part series in John 4)
1. Sometimes, God wants us to walk AWAY from potential difficulty and negativity.
(John 12:19; 1 Samuel 24, 26:17-25; Acts 15:36-41)
2. Sometimes, God wants us to walk TOWARD potential difficulty and negativity.
(2 Kings 17:24-41; Luke 9:53-56, 10:25-37; Galatians 6:9; Psalm 46:1-3)
3. In the economy of Christian ministry, ONE can be greater than MANY.
(Luke 17:11-19; Acts 8:26; Luke 8:26-39)
4. Even in times of our own WEARINESS and THIRST, God can use us in other people’s lives.
(Philippians 2:7; 2 Corinthians 1:4, 12:9; 2 Timothy 1:7; Exodus 4:9,12-13; 6:30; Romans 12:15)
5. Effective connection often begins with meeting someone on COMMON GROUND.
(1 Corinthians 9:22; Acts 17:22-23)
6. Speak, act, and live in such a way as to make people CURIOUS.
(Colossians 4:5; Matthew 5:13-16; Ephesians 5:15,16)
7. In all things, remember that Jesus IS GREATER!
(Luke 1:32; Matthew 12:6; John 1:15Colossians 1:15-19; The entire book of Hebrews 🙂
8. Let’s not spend time “letting down EMPTY buckets into EMPTY wells.”
(Psalm 127:1,2; 1 Corinthians 15:58; John 15:5; Ecclesiastes 1:14, 9:10)
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
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1. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2. Give an example of a time when (and explain why) we should walk away from difficulty/conflict. Give an example of when (and explain why) we should walk toward it.
3. Most Jews in Jesus’ time would have nothing to do with Samaritans. In what ways do we see prejudice today? Why is it so wrong, and what can we do to ‘change’ it?
4. Jesus allowed His weariness and thirst to be the common ground on which He met the Samaritan woman at the well. On what real-life common ground can we meet people? What often prevents up from meeting people where they are (or allowing people to meet us where we are)?
5. Using as an example the water that must be drawn daily, Jesus compared momentary quenching to permanent satisfaction. In what ways might we spend too much time and energy on momentary satisfaction?