The Significance of a Life of Faith
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Faith is COMMON
Faith is CONVERSION
Faith is CONTEMPLATIVE
Faith is CONTINUAL
What is it in this Story that Involves Faith?
The PLACES (John 4:43-46a)
The PREDICAMENT (John 4:46b)
The PLEA (John 4:47)
The PROBLEM (John 4:48)
The PERSISTENCE (John 4:49)
The PROMISE (John 4:50)
The PATH (John 4:50)
The PAYOFF (John 4:51-54)
Faith is CONFIRMED (John 4:51-53a)
Faith is CONTAGIOUS (John 4:53b-54)
The Movement of this Father’s Faith…
A man having faith in Jesus’ POWER
A man having faith in Jesus’ PROMISE
A man having faith in Jesus’ PERSON
Questions for Further Study:
- What are some things that people believe in that they either haven’t seen or can’t see?
- What celebrity would you gladly welcome as a guest in your home? Why?
- Where did Jesus go after He left Samaria? (John 4:43)
- What did Jesus say about prophets? (John 4:44)
- Why did the Galileans welcome Jesus? (John 4:45)
- What had Jesus done in Cana? (John 4:46)
- What did the royal official ask Jesus to do? (John 4:47)
- What did Jesus say about miraculous signs? (John 4:48)
- How did the royal official respond to Jesus’ comment about miraculous signs? (John 4:49)
- What did Jesus say in response to the royal official’s renewed request? (John 4:50)
- What was the royal official’s response to what Jesus said? (John 4:50)
- When did the royal official’s son get better? (John 4:51-53)
- What impact did Jesus’ healing have on the royal official’s household? (John 4:53)
- How many miracles had Jesus performed? (John 4:54) What do you think John calls these miracles, “signs”?
- For what reasons are people interested in Jesus today?
- In what ways are we typically more interested in what Jesus can do for us than what we can do for Jesus?
- What miracles have you asked Jesus to do in your life?
- When do we usually find ourselves asking God to help us?
- Why is it sometimes hard to take Jesus at His word?
- What are some things God has told us in His Word that are hard for you to believe?
- How have you exercised believing—sight unseen—faith in Jesus?
- What miraculous signs are people looking for today?
- In what ways are we demanding of God in our relationship with Him?
- What impact would a miraculous event have in your life?
- What are some miracles God has worked in your life?
- What is something specific you can thank God for doing in your life?
- How do you need to trust in God this week to handle a situation you can’t control or work out on your own?
The Answer to Life’s Brokenness
(The Story of the Woman at the Well)
John 4:1-42 (15-26, 39-42)
1. Brokenness – 4 Ways we mask our Brokenness
- Religious labels (John 4:9)
- Traditional accomplishments and claims (John 4:11-12)
- Self-interests (John 4:15)
- Non-essentials (John 4:19-20)
2. Answers for our Brokenness – 4 Ways Jesus Breaks Through
- An invitation to come to Jesus
- The reality of abundant life (John 4:13-14)
- The restoration from sin (John 4:16-18)
- A true experience of God in the Life of Jesus (John 4:21-24)
Questions for Further Discussion:
- How do people satisfy their hungers and thirsts in life?
- Why are the messages in TV commercials so appealing and persuasive?
- In what ways are people you know prejudiced?
- What had the Pharisees heard about Jesus? (John 4:1)
- What did Jesus do when he heard what the Pharisees were saying about Him? (John 4:3)
- Through what place did Jesus have to travel? (John 4:4-5)
- Why did Jesus sit down by Jacob’s well? (John 4:6)
- What did Jesus say to the Samaritan woman? (John 4:7)
- Where were Jesus’ disciples? (John 4:8)
- Why was the Samaritan woman surprised that Jesus spoke to her? (John 4:9)
- How did Jesus answer the Samaritan woman’s question? (John 4:10)
- What did the Samaritan woman think Jesus was talking about? (John 4:11-12,15)
- What did Jesus say would be the result of drinking the water He offered? (John 4:13-14)
- Whom did Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to go and get? (John 4:15)
- How did Jesus respond to the Samaritan woman’s answer to His request? (John 4:17-18)
- How did the Samaritan woman respond to Jesus’ statements about her situation? (John 4:19-20)
- How did Jesus say people would worship God? (John 4:21-23)
- What kind of worshipers does God seek? (John 4:23)
- What did Jesus say about God? (John 4:24)
- Who did Jesus say He was? (John 4:25-26)
- What groups of people do you feel uncomfortable being around? Why?
- How might a person feel put off by another’s background, nationality, or race?
- How can prejudice affect a Christian’s witness?
- How have you responded to Jesus’ invitation to receive His living water?
- How is Jesus’ gift of salvation different from what the world offers?
- How is the world’s need for salvation and eternal life like thirst?
- In what other ways besides thirst might you describe eternal life?
- How can we worship God in spirit and in truth?
- How can you encourage others to quench their spiritual thirst this week?
- What are some prejudices you will ask God to help you overcome?
What is Salvation?
The Need of Every Life
4 Truths of Salvation and How to apply them to Our Lives:
- Salvation: described as being born again. (John 3:1-12)
- Salvation: indicating that faith in Jesus is absolutely necessary. (John 3:13-21)
- Salvation: not from religious works or ceremonies, but from Christ alone. (John 3:22-30)
- Salvation: always demands a response. (John 3:31-36)
Questions for Further Discussion:
- When have you felt like you wanted to start life all over again?
- Why do people like to get new things (such as clothes, cars, or gadgets)?
- What is the best gift you have ever received?
- How would you feel if a friend received more recognition than you for something you both did?
- What makes someone’s testimony about an event seem either credible or incredible?
- To what group did Nicodemus belong? (John 3:1)
- At what time did Nicodemus visit Jesus? (John 3:2)
- Why did Nicodemus believe Jesus was from God? (John 3:2)
- What is the qualification for seeing the kingdom of God? (John 3:3)
- What did Nicodemus think Jesus meant when He said that a person must be born again? (John 3:4)
- What is required to enter the kingdom of God? (John 3:5-6)
- How did Jesus compare the wind to the Spirit? (John 3:8)
- Why should Nicodemus have understood what Jesus said? (John 3:10)
- About what category of things did Jesus say He was talking? (John 3:12)
- Who did Jesus say had gone to heaven? (John 3:13)
- How did Jesus compare Moses’ snake with the Son of Man? (John 3:14)
- What is the result of believing in the Son of Man? (John 3:15, 18)
- How did God demonstrate His love for the world? (John 3:16)
- Why did God send His Son into the world? (John 3:17)
- How does the person who lives by truth respond to the light? (John 3:19-21)
- What did Jesus do with His disciples in the Judean countryside? (John 3:22)
- What was John doing at Aenon? (John 3:23)
- What eventually happened to John? (John 3:24)
- What took place between John’s disciples and some Jews? (John 3:25)
- What news did John receive? (John 3:26)
- What did John say a person can receive? (John 3:27)
- Who did John say he was, as well as who he wasn’t? (John 3:28)
- How did John describe his feelings about Jesus becoming more important than him? (3:29)
- What did John say about his future status? (John 3:30)
- What did John say about Jesus’ future status? (John 3:30)
- Who is above all? (John 3:31)
- What did Jesus come to say? (John 3:32)
- What did the people do who accepted Jesus’ testimony? (John 3:33)
- What did the person whom God sent do? (John 3:34)
- What has the Father done for the Son? (John 3:35)
- What is the result of either believing or rejecting the Son? (John 3:36)
- When would you say you were born again?
- How would you describe what it means to be born again to someone?
- What were some of the circumstances that led you to Jesus?
- What were some of the things that caused you to believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
- Why are spiritual truths often hard to understand?
- What are a few spiritual truths that you struggle to understand?
- How does God’s gift of His Son affect our lives?
- How can a person live by the light?
- In what way do people only receive what is given to them from God?
- Why is it sometimes hard to give God credit?
- How are we like John?
- What are some areas in which you struggle with being humble?
- How can we certify that God is truthful in our lives?
- How would you describe your relationship with Jesus?
- How does a person reject the Son?
- What are the consequences of rejecting the Son?
- How will you change your daily routine to better appreciate and enjoy God’s gift of His Son?
- For what specific spiritual truths will you seek answers this week?
- How can you give Jesus the place of prominence He deserves in your life today?
- What can you do this week to show that God is truthful in your life?
- In what area of your life will you ask God to help you to be more humble?
Spring Retreat @
Camp Silver Beach
March 23 – 25
Come join us for a weekend getaway of Bible study, fellowship, fun and more! Our theme is “Revival Not Survival.”
Many students are merely going through the motions of life and just trying to survive their culture instead of being the transformational life changers God has called them to be. We want to fix that problem! We want to change the conversation. We want students to live life believing that not only can revival in our world be a reality, but they can also be a part of it!
Cost includes 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, Alpine Tower experience and more!
(Checks can be made out to KGBC)
We will leave the church at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd. (Please eat dinner before you come!) We will return on Sunday around noon (after the 11:00 service.)
***All forms and money are due by March 11th!***
How Should We Respond to Jesus?
A Life That Misses Him
5 Ways A Life can miss the truth of Jesus
- When we become satisfied with religious convenience. (John 2:12-14)
- The sacrifices were right onsite, no need to travel with animals used in the sacrifice.
- There was obvious commotion, with all the activity in the courtyard.
- Whatever was going on, it was disturbing to Jesus.
- When we are driven by our own personal gain. (John 2:15)
- The exchanges were on commission.
- We cannot serve God and money. (Luke 16:13)
- We are working for what profit? (Mark 8:36)
- When we do not honor what is dedicated to God. (John 2:16-17)
- The commerce was abusing worship, God, and others.
- Is this house dedicated to the Father or simply a place to get my personal needs met?
- We are the temple of God (Romans 12:1)
- When we have more religion than we do relationship. (John 2:18-21)
- Church attendance is not the end goal.
- How to keep teenagers from graduating God and the church after they graduate from high school?
- A meaningful relationship with Christian parents.
- A relationship with a mentor who is not a parent.
- A dynamic relationship with Jesus.
- When we ignore the condition of our heart.(John 2:22-25)
- If we are not following, we are not believing.
- They believed in Jesus, but he did not entrust himself to them.
- “Entrust” is the same word “believe” in the previous verse.
- While they believed in Jesus, he did not believe in them – may this never be said of us as a church, or me as an individual.
- God help us to avoid shallow or superficial faith.
Questions for Further Study:
- How do you feel after a much-needed bath or shower?
- Why do we put off necessary cleaning (such as the bedroom, car, or garage)?
- With whom did Jesus go to Capernaum? (John 2:12)
- What time was it when Jesus went to Jerusalem? (John 2:13)
- What did Jesus find in the temple courts? (John 2:14)
- What did Jesus do in the temple courts? (John 2:15)
- How did Jesus respond to those who were selling doves? (John 2:16)
- What did Jesus’ disciples remember? (John 2:17)
- What did the Jews demand from Jesus? (John 2:18)
- How did Jesus respond to the demand from the Jews? (John 2:19)
- What temple did the Jews think Jesus was talking about? (John 2:20)
- What temple was Jesus talking about? (John 2:21)
- When did the disciples remember what Jesus had said? (John 2:22)
- How did the people respond to Jesus’ miracles? (John 2:23)
- What was Jesus’ response to those who believed in Him? (John 2:24-25)
- How has Jesus cleansed our lives?
- What does Jesus still need to clear out of our lives?
- What do we demand from Jesus?
- How do we attempt to use the church to our own advantage?
- In what ways do people accuse the church or believers of being corrupt or hypocritical?
- What sign has Jesus given us to believe in?
- Why is it sometimes hard to recognize how God is working in our lives?
- What will you ask Jesus to clear out of your life this week?
- What demanding attitude do you need to change today?
How Should We Respond to Jesus?
A Life That Obeys Him
We often associate obedience with something negative, but it also provides freedom… Ken’s illustration of the purchased slave being set free. You mean I can go wherever I want, do what I want, be whatever I want? Yes. Then I choose to be with you.
5 Questions that Help Define Obedience to Jesus:
- Do we recognize our desperate need for Jesus in the routine matters of life? (John 2:1-3) – Ken emphasized the common place, people, public gathering, and practical need. If we don’t trust Jesus with the details, we have a pseudo-faith.
- How well do we know Jesus? (John 2:4) – When Jesus used the term “woman” he was emphasizing the change in his identity. He was moving from a familiar context to a formal Christ.
- Are we prepared to trust Him before we ever get the details? (John 2:5) – Mary tells them to do whatever he asks. He is the authority, don’t let fear stop us.
- How much do we value Jesus including us in His work? (John 2:6-8) – Jesus does not just speak the miracle but involves others to make it happen. 2 Corinthians 3:6 refers to our being made adequate.
- Do we really understand that Jesus’ way is far better than anything we could ever achieve or offer? (John 2:9-11) – the disciples were invited to observe and become believers. We are called to the best life, not one of mediocrity.
Be the empty pot and allow Jesus to fill us as he sees fit. What we bring is never enough but Jesus can change what we are into what he needs us to be. Allow Jesus to fill us to the brim.
Questions for Further Discussion:
- Why are people interested in miraculous or supernatural events?
- What makes an event miraculous or supernatural?
- What supernatural or miraculous events have you witnessed?
- Where did the wedding take place? (John 2:1)
- Who was at the wedding? (John 2:1-2)
- What did Jesus’ mother say to Him? (John 2:3)
- What was Jesus’ response to His mother? (John 2:4)
- How did Jesus’ mother respond to His reply? (John 2:5)
- What were the water jars used for? (John 2:6)
- What did Jesus tell the servants to do? (John 2:7)
- To whom did the servants take the water? (John 2:8)
- What happened to the water? (John 2:9)
- What was the banquet master’s response? (John 2:10)
- Why did Jesus perform this miracle? (John 2:11)
- How did Jesus’ disciples respond to this miracle? (John 2:11)
- How have you had faith in Jesus’ power this week?
- What is something you would like Jesus to change in your life?
- What recent miracle has Jesus done in your life?
- How does Jesus reveal His glory to us today?
- In what ways has Jesus transformed you into a new person?
- How has Jesus given you a new life?
- What things has Jesus done that have caused you to have faith in Him?
- What is one specific habit or characteristic you will ask God to change in your life this week?
- How will you enjoy today the new life Jesus has given you?
Join us for a Seaside Escape Women’s Retreat at King’s Grant!
February 23rd & 24th
Registration is going on now!
The retreat is $15.
High School Girls are welcome at this event!