III. From Words to Worship. 4:19—42
In the following passage, underline the word “worship” in any form it appears.
“‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus declared, ‘Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers, must worship in spirit and in truth.’” (John 4:19-24)
- Who brought up the subject of worship?
- According to Jesus, what is true worship? (vs. 23)
- What change in thought did Jesus force the woman to make? (See vs. 15 and 23)
- What startling announcement did Jesus make? (vs. 25-26)
- What was the woman’s response? (vs. 28-30)
We know that Jesus had many more conversations with the Samaritans. In fact, he stayed with them for two more days.
- Describe how the woman’s worship was in ‘spirit and truth’ after she was convinced Jesus was the Messiah.
The Samaritan woman was led to accept Jesus and to worship him with her life. What could we learn from Jesus approach to this woman that would help our evangelistic efforts to be more effective?