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Authentic Evangelism – Bible Study – John 4:1-42

Authentic Evangelism – Bible Study – John 4:1-42

I. Context

  1. Jews and Samaritans – “Jews do not share things with Samaritans” – John 8:48- “Samaritan” = “Demon”
  2. Single men and women did not interact socially by themselves – 4:27
  3. Both Jesus and the woman want water

II. Jesus is the Mesiah/the Savior – 4:26, 42

  1. Jesus begins speaking about things that are important to the woman – 4:10
  2. Jesus uses symbolism for life in the Spirit – John 3:8
  3. The woman brings up her own religious views – 4:12
  4. Jesus introduces the water of “eternal life” – 4:14
  5. The woman only partially understands at best – 4:15 – 20 – “Has Jesus failed as a communicator?”
  6. The woman’s background – true but also irrelevant – 4:15-19
  7. Jesus does not condemn or call the woman to repentance– John 8:11
  8. Jesus reveals himself – 4:24-26
  9. The disciples are “astonished” but quiet – 4:27

III. The woman as evangelist – 4:29

  1. Jesus ‘ food is to do the will of the Father – 4:34
  2. “the fields are ripe for harvesting” – 4:35
  3. Many Samaritans believed in him – 4:39
  4. “the Savior of the world” – 4:42

Questions for Reflection –

  1. Who first told you about Jesus Christ?
  2. What lessons can we take from Jesus’ example of evangelism in this passage?
  3. What keeps us from sharing the gospel with people we encounter?
  4. How does Grace Church equip you to share your faith?

 

Next Study – Reaching Out to the “Other” – Matt. 25:31-46