The Woman Who Became a Well

The Woman Who Became a Well

John 4:27-42


6th Century Mosaic, Ravenna, Italy
Call to Worship: Psalm 51:12; 36:7-10 (ESV)

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light do we see light.

10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
    and your righteousness to the upright of heart!

Scripture Reading: Romans 10:13-15 (ESV)

13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Sermon Text: John 4:27-42 (ESV)

I.  The Woman Becomes a Well
27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.


II.  The Fields are White
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 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 Alreadythe 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.”


III.  The Harvest is Plentiful
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.”


“Good-News-Izing” in Practice
1.  Invitation (“Come and see”)
2.  Jesus (“Come and see a man”)
3.  Testimony (“Come and see a man who told me all I ever did.”)
4.  Questions (“Can this be the Christ?”)

Songs

Come Thou Fount (R. Robinson, J. Wyeth)
God Is Able (B. Fielding, R. Morgan)
King Of My Heart (J. McMillan, S. McMillan)
This Little Light Of Mine  (H. Loes)
The Well (M. West, M. Hall)
O Come To The Altar (C. Brown, M. Brock, S. Furtick, W. Joye)