Conversation to Conversion Read: John 4:1-42
Jesus’ ministry, his words, and his work revealed who he was. As he went about preaching and performing miracles people began to follow him, as well as those twelve men he had chosen to mentor and train for his ministry. They would tell his story to the world. However, men were not the only followers. In fact, God’s word reveals that many women were among his followers and even some of the most broken women experienced his acceptance. One day in Sychar, Jesus’ own thirst brought him to satisfy her spiritual thirst. A tender, yet honest conversation led the tainted Samaritan woman to worship.
I. Simple Drink of Water. John 4:1—9
- Why was Jesus passing through Sychar in Samaria? (vs.1-4)
- What was significant about the place he chose to rest? (vs. 5-6; Genesis 33:18-20; Joshua 24:32)
- Why did it surprise the woman that Jesus initiated a conversation with her by asking for a drink of water? (vs. 7-9)
- What does this show about Jesus’ priorities?
The story of the Samaritan woman is so meaningful that research on the subject provides mountains of resources. We could direct our thoughts in several different directions for this lesson, but what speaks loudest is the true worship that results when one knows the good news from God. Jesus restores bruised and broken lives the enemy has tried to destroy. He explained his compulsion and his compassion when he returned from the temptation in the wilderness and announced, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,” (Luke 4:18). The Samaritan woman is precisely the kind of person Jesus wanted to have a conversation with because he understood her shattered life. He also understands your shattered places and what will bring healing to you is the same thing that brought healing to the Samaritan woman: true worship.