Sermon on john 4 the woman at the well
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?SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Woman At The Well - Billy Graham
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Sitting at the Well: A Sermon on John 4:5-42
The sermon from Sunday, March 19, on John I had an interesting conversation with someone during this past week about the fact that we talk a lot about Jesus here. That surprises some folks.
I have found that some people know of our inclusiveness around race and gender and gender identity and sexual orientation and economic status and ability status and so on — our commitment to justice and mercy for all people, to the inherent dignity and value of all people and the whole of the planet — and that makes some folks assume that we are somehow not fully and firmly rooted in the Christian faith.
Which is really kind of funny — in an ironic sort of way — because actually, our intentionality about these things is exactly a reflection of our commitment to our faith. Of course, Christian faith is not the only way to come to have a commitment to inclusivity and justice. There are other ways — both religious and secular — to get there. Sometimes liberal folks think they are coming to a church like our friends across town, the Unitarian Universalists. Those are wonderful, inclusive people with a long and respected faith tradition, but as varied as our own beliefs are here and our beliefs here are quite varied indeed — we are different from them.
We explicitly claim to be followers of Jesus. We will walk together in the ways of Jesus. So sometimes people of liberal faith or people who like to blend things together from different traditions are surprised at how much we talk about Jesus.
At the other end of the spectrum we run into conservative folks who for their assorted reasons believe that their rather narrow and punitive understanding of God and their rather narrow and individualistic interpretation of Scripture is the only legitimate way to be a Christian. One of their critiques — and admittedly there are others — comes in the focus of my theology on the dynamics of power. There are a lot of people who like to cite Scripture and cite tradition in the service of the status quo, who like to use the Christian faith to defend a culture and a political vision wherein we protect the powerful at the expense of the powerless, where we spend our money and our energy and our expertise perfecting the technologies of the national security state —.
All that rather than national and local priorities of protecting the planet, nurturing creativity, tending the needy, and building inclusive community. Then we have how Jesus does it. Ah,this story. In this wonderful story — which we could spend a month talking about — we have on the one hand the answer to the folks who wonder why we need so much Jesus — and need Jesus so much — and on the other the people who use religion in service to worldly power.
Last week we have the religious leader Nicodemus seeking out Jesus by night. Today we have the nameless woman who has stumbled upon Jesus right smack in the middle of the day while doing her routine chores. We are in enemy territory. Imagine finding grace there. Are we surprised? In reality, the geography of true grace is almost always a contested space. We think about gorgeous mountain vistas and beautiful church sanctuaries.
Indeed we find both rest and challenge in such spaces. A woman. A Samaritan woman. Does Jesus care about that? In fact, I believe we have to assume that he does care — he cares very much and that is precisely the reason that he chooses her as his messenger. Not only does Jesus speak to this woman, he asks hospitality of her — and he teaches her and puts her to work spreading the word.
Jesus teaches this woman. Sitting there together at the edge of the well, he deems her a worthy vessel to take word into the community. She gets it. She has a genuine conversation about theology with Jesus. In a land of scarcity, in a dry and hot and dusty land, she recognizes the promise of Jesus and drinks deep of his message. And we need to get it too.
You want to hear the truth in this world? You want to walk in the ways of Jesus? Or the conservative megachurch. But as we see as we travel the Gospels, when we show up in places of power, it must be to hold power accountable. Those are the folks upon whom he casts judgment — not upon the woman at the well whom he sits with and teaches and puts to work.
When we wander in humble places among humble people, we must ourselves be humble. We must bear truths in our souls and be alert to the truths of the moment. The sermon from Sunday, March 19, on John I had an interesting conversation with someone during this past week about the fact that we talk a lot about Jesus here.
Even in Samaria. Even when spoken by an outcast woman. Especially in Samaria. Especially when spoken by an outcast woman. Because otherwise we might miss the truth. We might miss the path, the path of following Jesus. Let us worship in spirit and truth. Let us do our best to walk in spirit and truth. Share This:.
The Woman at the Well
There is a story told of a little boy who was put to bed, only to ask for a drink of water. And again. Many parents know this well from when their children are small. The Israelites have been released from the worries of the day, as it were.
Your browser does not support the audio tag. John On the radio you are sharing the services of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, and this is the pastor bringing the message entitled The Woman at the Well. On these Sunday nights we are preaching through the life of Christ, all four Gospels, and we have come, after these several years, to the Gospel of John, and we are now in chapter 4.
The Woman at the Well : Christ Speaks to the Problem of a Guilty Past
Scripture: John , John Denomination: Assembly Of God. John 4 : The story of the nameless Samaritan woman at the well, recorded only in the Gospel of John, is a revealing one, full of many truths and powerful lessons for us today. This was an extraordinary woman. She was a Samaritan, a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God. The story of the woman at the well teaches us that God loves us in spite of our bankrupt lives.
Jesus And The Woman At The Well
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Sermon: True Worship - John 4
The sermon from Sunday, March 19, on John I had an interesting conversation with someone during this past week about the fact that we talk a lot about Jesus here. That surprises some folks. I have found that some people know of our inclusiveness around race and gender and gender identity and sexual orientation and economic status and ability status and so on — our commitment to justice and mercy for all people, to the inherent dignity and value of all people and the whole of the planet — and that makes some folks assume that we are somehow not fully and firmly rooted in the Christian faith.
One of the wonderful things about the good news that Jesus brings is that it meets the basic need that all people have. You can go to the highest halls of learning and talk with a man with multiple Ph. Although he is highly educated, the message he needs to hear is that Christ died for his sins and was raised from the dead, and that he can trust in Christ and receive eternal life as a free gift. Take the message to the most primitive, illiterate tribesman in some remote jungle and he needs to hear the same good news. Since all people are sinners who need to be reconciled to the holy God, the same gospel applies to all: Jesus saves sinners who trust in Him.
Lesson 21: Living Water for a Thirsty Woman (John 4:1-14)
If you are a pastor or lay person who wants to use this to preach in church — that is why I posted it. I pray He uses this sermon in a mighty way through you. God bless you in your ministry. The audio as I preached it is on YouTube here. And there was a time in my life that I needed to hear this scripture from the perspective of the woman. So here she is, the sixth hour — noon — degrees, expecting to see all the friends she normally sees at noon at the well — nobody — you get it?
The second and third Sundays in Lent juxtapose two characters unique to the Gospel of John. Last week, we were introduced to Nicodemus who comes to Jesus by night and lasts all of nine verses in his conversation with Jesus before fading into the night from whence he came. This week narrates another character's encounter with Jesus, the Samaritan woman at the well.
Jesus Meets the Woman at the Well – John 4:5-26 Free Written Sermon
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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