JOHN 4

12 Outlines

 

John 4:1-42

MAN ON A MISSION

 

JESUS’ HUMANITY – Vss. 1-7

JESUS’ HELP – Vss. 8-14

JESUS’ HONESTY – Vss. 15-26

1.     About the Woman – Vss. 15-19

2.     About Worship – Vss. 20-24

3.     About Himself – Vss. 25-26

JESUS’ HUNGER – Vss. 31-38

JESUS HONORED – Vss. 27-30, 39-42

 

 

 

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John 4

AN EXAMPLE

 

 

We are told that we should follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, and yet it is humanly impossible to do so.  It is only when the Spirit of Christ controls us that we will be able to follow his example. But to follow his example is something we should strive to do with the help of His Holy Spirit.

 

Jesus by example cared about the souls of men.

 

Luke 19:10 - For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Mark 6:34 - And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

 

We are looking at a classic example of how to win souls presented to us by our Lord Jesus Christ in John 4.

It is the story we call “The woman at the well”.  Here we find:

 

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HUMILITY

 

You are probably familiar with the fact that the Lord Jesus had to humble himself in order to come to earth and to die for us. Philippians 2:5-8

 

While our Lord walked the earth He was humble.

He was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and yet He lived among men, He ate with them, He allowed them to ridicule Him and even humbled Himself to die for everyone’s sins.   

 

In John 4, Jesus shows his humility in at least two ways.

 

·        HE WENT TO AN UNLOVELY PLACE

John 4:4 - And he must needs go through Samaria.

 

The main reason why Jesus had to go to Samaria was that He had an appointment with a sinful woman at a well (More about her in a minute.). 

 

The woman didn’t know she had an appointment, but Jesus did.  Also he had appointments with other Samaritans, many of which would have their lives changed by Him. 

 

Jesus was traveling. He was leaving Judea, sort of the greater Jerusalem metropolitan area, and going to Galilee, the area where He grew up and often ministered.  Cana in Galilee was His headquarters.

 

As we already saw in verse 4, it was necessary for Him to go through Samaria.  He could have avoided Samaria by doing what some devout Jews did. He could have traveled the long way around instead of taking a straight route that went through Samaria.

 

Why all the fuss over Samaria?

The Jews hated the Samaritans.

The Samaritans, in turn, hated the Jews.

 

Samaria, at one time was another name used for the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Remember, after King Solomon died the nation split up into a Northern Kingdom called Israel or “Samaria”, and a Southern Kingdom called Judah.

 

Because of the sin of the Northern Kingdom, Israel was carried into captivity by the Assyrians. The Assyrians had a policy of removing conquered people from their land and resettle them in another land. So, most of the Jews were taken out of Samaria and replaced with other conquered people from other areas.  The new inhabitants intermarried with the poor Jews who were left behind in Samaria.  Hence, the Samaritans of Jesus’ day were half breed Jews.

 

The Samaritan religion was also a half breed religion. It was a mixture of heathen religion with the Jews’ religion.  When the Jews would not permit the Samaritans to worship at the temple in Jerusalem, they built their own temple.

 

Samaria to the Jew was an unlovely place.

But Jesus went to Samaria.

Why did Jesus go to Samaria?  It was an unlovely place where people needed help.

 

Let’s face it. When most of us share the Gospel, we prefer to go to lovely places.  We prefer to go where it’s respectable and easy to share.

 

But unlovely places are places where people need Jesus.

Jesus may ask you to go to an unlovely place to share the Gospel.

It might be an unlovely work situation.

It might be an unlovely school situation.

It might be an unlovely neighborhood.

Or Jesus may even send you to an unlovely country.

The important thing we must do is humble ourselves to go with the salvation message wherever God sends us.

 

·        HE WENT TO UNLOVELY PEOPLE

 

Vss. 5-6 – Our Lord arrived outside of a village called Sychar. A well that had evidently been dug by Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, was there.

 

Jesus was very tired.

This reminds us that He, as God in the flesh, experienced all the physical limitations that we experience.

It also reminds me that He did not use being tired as an excuse for not witnessing to this woman.

 

According to Vs. 8, the disciples went to buy food. Jesus was left by himself.

 

Vs. 7 – The time was probably high noon.  It was not a time when the women usually came to the well. It was too hot. But this woman came probably because she was shunned by the other women.  This woman was an immoral woman, unlovely as a sinner.

 

Etiquette of that day would have frowned on a Jewish Rabbi talking to any woman in public, let alone a Samaritan woman. But Jesus’ care for souls went beyond man’s etiquette.

 

Vs. 9 – The woman was shocked that Jesus would talk to her.

She was shocked that he would drink out of a water picture that belonged to a Samaritan, for this was something that the Jews did not do.

 

Would Jesus have survived without the drink of water? Yes.

Jesus’ motive was to draw this unlovely, immoral woman into a conversation.

 

I want you to realize two things. 

First of all, we are all unlovely.  Isaiah 64:6

 

Second, as Jesus humbled himself to talk to unlovely people, we should do the same.   

 

Undoubtedly you know some unlovely people who need Jesus.  They are often crude, immoral, antagonistic, and down right unpleasant.  They need you to humble yourself, become their friend, and tell them about Jesus.

 

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HELPFULNESS

 

An unlovely person has just given an unlovely response to Jesus.

He could have ignored her.

He could have lashed out at her with a brutal, righteous reprimand.

 

Instead Jesus chose to be helpful. John 4:10

Our Lord begins a gentle process of witnessing to this lady. He mentions to her that if she knew who she was talking to, she could ask Him of Living Water. He is helping her by beginning to point her to Himself.

 

May I remind you that the most helpful thing that you can do for anyone is to talk to them about their soul, and their need to trust Jesus as Savior?

 

Of course our Lord was talking of Spiritual things. As the conversation with the woman continued, our Lord pointed out in Verses 13-14 that anyone who drinks of that well will thirst again. But the living water that Jesus gives will be a well springing up to everlasting life.

 

When a person places their faith in the Lord Jesus, turning their back on everything and everyone else for eternal life, that person is “born again”. As a result of being born again, the Spirit of God comes to live inside a believer and hence the well springing up to life. John 7:37-39

 

John 4:15 - The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

 

The woman is still thinking of physical things. She wants that water, so she does not have to come to the well to draw water.  

 

Our Lord saw the woman’s need.  He knew she needed help, and the opening conversation with her is the beginning of that help.  But Jesus needed to go a step further.

 

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HONESTY

 

John 4:16 - Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

 

Our Lord is now ready to help her in her immediate area of need, her sin. In order for anyone to be saved, they must see how sinful they are.

This woman’s problem is a moral one, so Jesus says to her, “Go, bring your husband.”

 

As we strive to help needy souls, let us remember to be honest.  We need to get people lost, so to speak, before they will turn to people for salvation.

   

John 4:17-18 - The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: [18] For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

   

The woman says that she has no husband. Jesus agrees with her. “You’ve had five husbands, and this one you are living with is not your husband.”  The Lord points the finger of conviction right at her.

   

Let us remember to show people just how sinful they are. That takes honesty.

 

Next Jesus did what was necessary to point her to himself.

By the time that Jesus is done talking to her she says in

Vs. 25 - The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

 

Jesus gives the honest answer that she needed to hear in Vs. 26, Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

 

Our conversation with people is to follow Jesus’ example of honesty.

Not only must we tell people of their sin, but we must point out to people that Jesus, the sinless Son of God died for that sin, was buried and rose again.  1 Corinthians 15:3-4 

 

Also in our honesty we must tell them that faith in Jesus is the only way to forgiveness and eternal life.

The good news is that the woman believed on Christ. John 4:28-29

 

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HUNGER

   

His disciples returned.

John 4:31-34 - In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. [32] But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. [33] Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? [34] Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

 

Jesus was hungry to do the will of God.

The “meat” that He had was the satisfaction of doing the will of God.

Part of Jesus’ hunger to do the will of God, was to see souls come to know Him as Savior.

 

John 4:35 - Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

 

The fields that Jesus referred to are people.

He was hungry to see them saved.

You claim Jesus as your Savior.

You say you want to do his will.

  

Do you have any of that same hunger to see people come to Him?  

 

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HUMILITY

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HELPFULNESS

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HONESTY

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HUNGER

 

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John 4:1-30

CUSTOM EVANGELISM

 

JESUS WENT TO A SPECIFIC PLACE - Vss. 1-6

 

JESUS WENT TO A SPECIFIC PERSON - Vs. 7

 

JESUS FOLLOWED A SPECIFIC PATTERN - Vss. 8

1. He caught her interest. Vss. 7-15

2. He related to her. Vss. 16-18

3. He answered her specific questions. Vss. 19-26

 

JESUS SAW SPECIFIC PROGRESS - Vss. 27-30

She believed in Christ and told others about it.

 

 

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John 4:4

SAMARIA!

 

There are times in our lives when we face difficult conditions, work through difficult situations, and deal with difficult people.  These do not appear to be the most pleasant of times. Our Lord faced a real challenge when "...he must needs go through Samaria."  Like Jesus we will face our own "Samarias".

 

SAMARIA WAS A LAND OF OPPOSITION

Samaria was at one time a part of Israel (Samaria). When Assyria conquered Israel it deported everyone but the poor of the land. Then Assyria brought other people from other lands into Samaria. These people half learned the customs of the Jews, and intermarried with the Jews who remained. The Samraritans had a form of religion similar to the Jews, but it was not the Jewish religion.  The Jews and Samaritans hated each other. See John 4:9

There will be times when, we as Christians will face all sorts of opposition as we strive to do the will of God. 2 Timothy 3:12, James 1:2-4.

 

SAMARIA WAS A LAND OF OBEDIENCE

Jesus had to go through Samaria because this is where God the Father wanted Him to go. 

We must remember that some our toughest times will come as we strive to live obediently. 1 Samuel 15:22-23, John 14:15.

 

SAMARIA WAS A LAND OF OPPORTUNITY

Jesus won the Woman at the well and other Samaritans to Himself.

Without facing opposition and being obedient, He would not have had these opportunities. See the rest of the chapter for details.

Our opportunities to bless other Christians and to win the unsaved to Christ will come as we face our Samarias through opposition and in obedience.

 

 

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John 4:4-30

SOUL WINNER

 

We know, that as Christians, it is our responsibility to witness or to be "soul winners."  See Psalm 107:2, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 3:15.

The greatest soul winner of all was our Lord Jesus Christ.  Not only did He win every soul that is saved through his death on the cross, but He was also effective in personal evangelism.  In this text we see the master soul winner at work. As Jesus dealt with the woman at the well, please note:

 

HE CAUGHT HER ATTENTION Vss. 4-9

While the disciples went for food, Jesus rested by a well.

The woman came for water at unusual time because she was probably an outcast because of her immoral behavior.

Jesus asked her for a drink of water. This was unusual because he was a Jew and she a Samaritans.  "For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans."

 

HE CREATED AN INTEREST Vss. 10-15

Although she didn't understand what Jesus was talking about, his offer of living water certainly got her attention.

 

HE CHALLENGED HER HEART Vss. 16-26

Concerning her past. Vss.16-19

Concerning worship. Vss. 20-24

Concerning His identity. Vss. 25-26

 

HE CAUSED RESULTS Vss. 27-30

Obviously, the woman believed.

She went to the village and called the man to come meet the one she was sure was the Messiah.

May we remember that it is our duty to witness, but it is always the Spirit of God who works when people believe. (John 16:8-11)

 

 

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John 4:27-38

THE UNUSUAL

 

Introduction: Give examples of people who did unusual things.

 

JESUS DID THE UNUSUAL Vss. 27-30

  He reached out to someone who was despised.

 

JESUS SOUGHT THE UNUSUAL Vss. 31-34

  He made doing the will of God more important than food.

 

JESUS COMMANDED THE UNUSUAL Vss. 35-38

  He caused the disciples to look at the fields white with harvest.

  He implied that they needed to be "reapers" of the harvest.

 

 

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John 4:28-29, 39-42

STEPS TO SAVING FAITH

 (An evangelistic message)

 

Jesus had won a sinful Samaritan woman to Himself. John 4:7-26

There would be others in her village who also came to Christ as Savior.

The steps they took should be the steps we take to saving faith.

 

1. HEAR THE REPORTS - Vss. 28-29 - The woman gave her testimony.  We should hear the testimonies of others we know or have met that have found salvation in Christ and have experienced change in their lives. (Use your own illustrations.)

2. HEAR HIS WORD - Vss. 39-41 - Jesus' word convinced many to be saved. By hearing the Word of God, you should place your faith in Christ. (Share appropriate salvation verses.)

3. HEED THE EVIDENCE - Vs. 42 - Based on the Word of God, place faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior.

 

 

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John 4:31-38

EVANGELISM

 

In our day and age people want to be left alone concerning religion, even though they are in need of a relationship with Christ (John 3:36).  Jesus' plan however is far different than the initial reaction people often give when they feel that someone wants to convert them to faith in Christ. Jesus wants us as disciples to be those actively involved in evangelism. As we work at winning souls we will discover that indeed there are people who are ready to come to Christ.

 

WHAT'S ESSENTIAL? - Vss. 31-34 - Doing God's will and finishing God's work is more important than even eating.  When Jesus made this statement he had just finished talking to the "woman at the well" about her soul.

 

WHAT'S EVIDENT? - Vs. 35 - The harvest is evident. Look around you and you will see people who are in great need for Christ.

 

WHAT'S EVALUATED? - Vs. 36 - Those who labor at bringing people to Christ will be rewarded.

Daniel 12:3, 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20

 

WHAT'S EXPECTED? - Vss. 37-38 - We are expected to reap. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8

 

 

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John 4:46-53

FAITH ILLUSTRATED

 

The nobleman who came to Jesus shows us what is good about the right kind of faith.

 

FAITH COMES – Vss. 46-47

 

FAITH CRIES – Vs. 49

 

FAITH IS CHALLENGED – Vss. 48, 50

 

FAITH IS COMFORTED – Vs. 51

 

FAITH IS CONFIRMED – Vss. 52-53

 

 

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John 4:46-53

VICTORY IN JESUS!

 

TRIAL – Vss. 46-47 – A man’s son was near death. He sought Jesus.

 

TEST – Vss. 48-49 – Jesus tested the man’s faith. The man clung to Jesus.

 

TRUST – Vs. 50 – Jesus pronounced the healing of the man’s son. He believed.

 

TRIUMPH – Vss. 51-53 – The son was healed at the same hour Jesus pronounced it.

 

 

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John 4:46-54

A FAITH ADVENTURE

 

When we think of the word, "adventure", we think of lots of excitement.  (You might refer to some adventures you, or members of your congregation have had.)  The greatest adventures of all are those which God leads us through.  These adventures usually require faith, as seen in this Bible story.

 

The nobleman approaches Jesus. He would like Jesus to come and heal his son. Vss. 46-47

 

HIS FAITH WAS CHALLENGED - HE WAS DESPERATE - Vss. 48-49

Jesus tested this man. He simply clung by faith to Jesus in desperation.

 

HIS FAITH WAS CONFRONTED - HE WAS DEPENDENT - Vss. 50

He was told to go home because his son lived. He was dependent on what God had told him. He believed what the Lord had told him.

As we study God's Word, we are responsible to go on with life and be dependent upon what God has told us.

 

HIS FAITH WAS CONFIRMED - HE WAS DELIGHTED - Vss. 51-54

We will also have our faith confirmed, and be delighted when God does what He tells us He will do in His Word.

 

 

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John 4:46-54

JESUS AT WORK

 

This is the story of a nobleman who had a sick son.

 

THE NOBLEMAN WAS CRYING - Vss. 46-47

 

THE NOBLEMAN WAS CHALLENGED - Vss. 48-49

 

THE NOBLEMAN WAS CONFIDENT - Vs. 50

 

THE NOBLEMAN WAS CONVERTED - Vss. 51-54

 

 

 

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