Saturday, June 24, 2017


Jesus Always Has Time
John 4: “The Samaritan Woman”

CONNECT People today are always in a hurry.  Seems we get so busy we can't see anything going on around us.

Illustration: Richard and Lindsey Roberts…

TENSION Making time to see those around us who have needs.

SOLUTION We always have time to obey the voice of the Lord.

INSTRUCTION Let’s look at today's Jesus pic…

TEXT John 4:1-4 (NLT) Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way.

Jesus only responded to the leadership of the Father. Here Jesus senses a necessity to go through Samaria, not around it, as was customary. Jews viewed the Samaritans as impure unbelievers who had compromised the true worship of God. They would have nothing to do with them.

John 4:5-6 (NLT) Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.

Jesus had been traveling for several hours and is tired. So he sits by the well while his disciples go get lunch.

John 4:7-8 (NLT) Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

Jesus breaks several social codes here. First, he is speaking to a Samaritan, and second, he is speaking to a woman!  Jesus loved to break traditions that had no foundation in Scripture. The woman points this out.

John 4:9-10 (NLT) The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink”? Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

Jesus takes advantage of the situation to speak the Gospel, to witness to her.

John 4:11-12 (NLT) But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

The natural response... Nicodemus responded the same way… the rich found ruler responded the same way…

The challenge response... “Who do you think you are? Holier than thou?”...

I Corinthians 2:14 (NLT) But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.
John 4:13-14 (NLT) Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

The essence of the Gospel: the world doesn't satisfy, only increases the thirst. Jesus satisfies our thirsty lives!

All my life long I had panted
For a draft from some cook spring
That I hoped would the burning
Of the thirst I felt within

Poor was I and sought for riches
Something that would satisfy
But the things I gathered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry

But, Hallelujah, I have found Him
Who my soul so long has craved
Jesus satisfies my every longing
Through His blood I now am saved

John 4:15 (NLT) “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

She responds on a natural, physical level. She didn't want to have to come get water again!  Many people come to Christ for selfish reasons.

John 2:23-25 (NLT) Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart.

Matthew 7:21-23 (NLT) “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’”

Jesus now gets to the heart of the matter: sin. Jesus came to forgive sin.

John 4:16-18 (NLT) “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!””
Jesus uses the gift of discernment. God has given us spiritual gifts not as toys to display but as tools to obey!  Don't be afraid to use the gifts God has given you!

I Corinthians 2:4-5 (NLT) And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

John 4:19-20 (NLT) “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”

The lost will make an appeal to his or her religious background or current belief system.

John 4:21-24 (NLT) Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Jesus did away with religious pretense and went straight to truth. No argument; just the truth.

John 4:25-26 (NLT) The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “ I AM the Messiah!”

Salvation is a person, not a system!

John 4:27 (NLT) Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?”

Sometimes the carnality of the disciples amazes me!

John 4:28-30 (NLT) The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

The power of a personal testimony. People will gather where God is changing lives!

Jesus confronts his disciples with their mission.

John 4:31-38 (NLT) Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”

Now let's see the power of one!

John 4:39-42 (NLT) Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”


Luke 19:10 (NLT) For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

How did Jesus accomplish this task?

1. Jesus went where others didn’t want to go.

2. Jesus approached and engaged people who others didn’t want to talk to.  

3. Jesus stayed in relationship with people who others rejected.

What was the result?

The whole town got saved!


Think what one person can do!  I heard this on the radio this week. If you win someone to Christ this year and then lead them to do the same thing with you next year, you will have 4 new believers by the end of the second year, then 8, then 16, then 32, then 64, then 128, then 256, then 512, then 1024 by the end of ten years.  After 20 years you would have over one million, 1,048,576 to be exact!  That is more than the population of El Paso!  20 years; one person!


1.     Get out of your comfort zone.
2.     Engage lost people.
3.     Build relationships with them.


Will you be the one?

Klaus, “Break Me for the Nations”

Sunday, June 18, 2017



CONNECT Father’s Day can be a tough day at church. On Twitter one pastor said, “Honor mom on Mother’s Day; rebuke dad on Father’s Day!”  Another said, “Mother's Day: moms are awesome; Father’s Day: here is everything you dads have done wrong!”  This is why many men don't want to attend today!  I honor you for coming.


TENSION What was the most memorable Father’s Day gift you ever received?  The ones I remember were homemade!

What was the best gift you ever gave?

I want to give three dads a gift today (give away books)…

SOLUTION On this Father’s Day, I want to encourage dads and moms to impact the world through the next generation.

INSTRUCTION In John 3 we get the best known Jesus pic…

TEXT John 3:1-21 (NKJV) There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."

3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"

5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "How can these things be?"

10 Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."

Go back and look at vs. 16 and 17…

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Three keys: God loved; God gave; God sent.


Jesus came to reveal the Father.

John 12:45 (NKJV) “And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.”
John 14:8-9 (NKJV) Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
Jesus declared that He revealed the heart of God. In His conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus identified Himself as God’s gift: the greatest gift ever given. Let's look again at the three keys I touched on earlier.

1.     God loved… the world.

A friend of mine said it this way: God so loved what He lost in Adam… God wanted His creation back!

The motivation was love. The object was the lost people of the world.

2.     God gave… His Son.

God gave the best; the only gift that would accomplish the task....

3.     God sent… Him to the world.

The destination was the world. The goal was the salvation of all men and women.

Now listen to what Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night he was betrayed…

John 17:18 (NKJV) As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

After the Resurrection, Jesus said this…

John 20:21 (NKJV) So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

Can you see it?  Just as Jesus was sent into the world, so we have been sent into the world.

Let me go one step further: Just as God gave His Son to the world, the greatest thing we can do for our children is to give them away to the world!


1.     Encourage them to serve.

Matthew 20:20-28 (NKJV) Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons (James and John) came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

2.     Encourage them to sacrifice.

Romans 12:1 (NKJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

3.     Encourage them to be sent.

Isaiah 6:8-9 (NKJV) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” And He said, “Go, and tell this people…”

Paris Reidhead, “Ten Shekels and a Shirt”
Two young Moravians heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 2000 to 3000 slaves. The owner had said, "No preacher, no clergyman, will ever stay on this island. If he's shipwrecked, we'll keep him in a separate house until he has to leave, but he's never going to talk to any of us about God. I'm through with all that nonsense." Three thousand slaves from the jungles of Africa brought to an island in the Atlantic, there to live and die without hearing of Christ.

Two young Germans in their 20's from the Moravian sect heard about their plight. They sold themselves to the British planter for the standard price for a male slave and used the money they received from their sale to purchase passage to the West Indies. The miserly atheist planter would not even transport them.

The Moravian community from Herrnhut came to see the two lads off, who would never return again, having freely sold themselves into a lifetime of slavery. As members of the slave community they would witness as Christians to the love of God.

Family members were emotional, weeping. Was this extreme sacrifice wise? Was it necessary? As the ship slipped away with the tide and the gap widened, the housings had been cast off and were curled up on the pier. The young men saw the widening gap. They linked arms, raised their hands and shouted across the spreading gap, "May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!" 

This became the call of Moravian missions. And this is our only reason for being...that the Lamb that was slain may receive the reward of His suffering! 


Invitations to special service
Mission conferences
Training Union, RA, GA
Watchman Nee: Waste
“Give me Burma lest I die”
Peace Child, “Eternity in Their Hearts”
Jim Eliot, “Through Gates of Splendor”

Mission Week at Glorita


Don’t force your children to ministry or missions; just raise the issue.

What are you going to do in life?
Where are you going to college?
Have you asked God about it?

My kids can go, but leave the grandkids here!



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