Worship Guide for October 25
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
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Summary: As we look at a familiar story in John 4, we find Jesus demonstrating to us the work of the great commission. Prior to sending his disciples to Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth to preach the gospel, empowered by the Spirit (Acts 1:8), Jesus himself went to Samaria to proclaim the gospel. In this beautiful story we will see Jesus intentionally engaging cross-culturally. Jesus is the glory of the Mission. We will also see how Jesus' deepest satisfaction was obeying the will of the Father, bringing redemption to the nations.
Review and Apply
What are the cultural and religious barriers that Jesus chose to cross in order to minister the woman? What might have this "cost" Jesus from a human perspective?
Reflect on evangelistic conversations you have had with people in the past. What are some similarities and differences with Jesus conversation with the woman? What are two things you could learn for your next evangelistic conversation?
Is there anyone in your life that you are intentionally seeking out to share the gospel? Do you have any cross-cultural relationships? If not, why?
Reflect on Jesus' statement in 4:34. What is the relationship between Jesus' joy and his conversation with the woman in the narrative?
Consider verses 35-42 and your own conversion. How many different people contributed to your coming to faith? How can this encourage us in our call to minister to the nations?