In my message on Sunday, I mentioned the RCMP officer that dealt graciously with Tanya (this wasn’t an isolated incident - I won’t mention the other time a Police Officer dealt graciously with her. You’ll have to ask her in person about that story:) Have you ever experienced grace personally? Has someone ever treated you better than you deserve? If so, how did that affect you?
According to verse 15, the Samaritan woman was looking for ultimate satisfaction in the living water and a freedom from her past shame. She says that she no longer would need to come to this place to draw water. In what ways did you experience these similar longings when you encountered Jesus?
The woman's testimony hit on two levels; subjective and objective. What is your subjective testimony (your personal experience) and what is the objective testimony (what all people need to understand) you believe others need to hear?
There was a simplicity to the woman's testimony, she simply said, “come see a man…” In what ways does this encourage / challenge you?
All other religions point people to a “way”. Only in Christianity do we point people to a person. Do you find that easier and encouraging or difficult and awkward?
As soon as she requested the gift Jesus was offering, he brought up her long list of sins. Why? Was he trying to embarrass her?
Imagine the incredible boldness that this woman had as she gives testimony in her town. She was a woman and an outcast, everyone knew her story and these were all strikes against her. In what venue do you need to exercise more boldness?
Jesus had a meaningful discussion with the Samaritan woman about true, authentic worship. He even said “the Father seeks'' worshippers who worship Him in spirit and truth. What do you think that type of worship looks like?