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?