A Woman, the Well, & the Worship of God
By Paul Gilbert
This past Sunday, we jumped back into “Believe,” our sermon series on the Gospel of John, and camped out on a very familiar passage: Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. Volumes and tomes have been written on this story from John 4, but we will narrow our focus down to three weeks under the banner of A Woman, the Well, and the Worship of God. New Study Guides were handed out as well. Here is a quick peak on where we are going. . . .
It seems that Christians and churches often wrangle with the tensions of what it means to be the people of God: Are we about worship OR evangelism? Do we go deep OR wide? Is it inward OR outward? What about engaging the culture OR building disciples - which is it? As He often does, though, Jesus steps into the middle of these conversations and obliterates our spiritual equations and false dichotomies. It is at a well that Jesus makes the astounding claim that only He can quench the thirst of dry, weary, discouraged sinners like you and me. This means that the most important category that we can wrestle with is the category of Jesus, and whether we will trust Him when He says, “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.”