A little bit late placed on this site: the exhortation of our Sunday service April 12, but we looked first at the reason why we should look at the saviour, Jesus Christ to be the man to look for and to believe in, because he is the Resurrection and the Life. We need to believe in him and take him for what he is and for what he has done for mankind so that even when we die, we shall live. Those who remember that God is a spiritual Being Who has given us His beloved son and who accept Jesus as this son of God being the promised one who did not want to do his will, but only did the will of his heavenly Father, shall have the hope of the Good News, but to be able to be a partaker of this promised salvation, we do need to repent and make the right choices.
So let us look at the exhortation given by brother Steve Robinson, remembering what we have read the last few days:
Joh 4:1-54 WmsNT
Luk 13:1 WmsNT Just at that time some people came up to tell Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with that of their sacrifices.
Luk 5:30-32 WmsNT Now the Pharisees and their scribes were grumbling at His disciples, and were saying, “Why are you eating and drinking with tax-collectors and notorious sinners?” (31) But Jesus answered them, “Not well but sick people have to send for the doctor. (32) It is not upright but sinful people that I have come to invite to repentance.”
Mat 3:1-2 WmsNT In those days John the Baptist appeared, and kept preaching in the desert of Judea, (2) and saying, “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is near.”
Mat 3:5-6 WmsNT Then Jerusalem and all Judea, even the whole Jordan district, continued to go out to him (6) and were baptized by him in the Jordan River, as one by one they continued to confess their sins.
1Jn 1:8-10 WmsNT If we claim “We are already free from sin,” we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in our hearts. (9) If we confess our sins, He is to be depended on, since He is just, to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from every wrong. (10) If we claim “We have not sinned,” we are making Him a liar, and His message is not in our hearts.
2Pe 1:5-11 WmsNT Now for this very reason you must do your level best to supplement your faith with moral character, moral character with knowledge, (6) knowledge with self-control, self-control with patient endurance, patient endurance with piety, (7) piety with brotherly affection, brotherly affection with universal love. (8) For if you have these qualities and they continue to increase in you, they will make you neither idle nor unproductive in attaining a full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) For whoever lacks these qualities is blind — or short-sighted– and forgetful of the cleansing that he has received from his former sins. (10) Therefore, brothers, be all the more in earnest to make certain to yourselves God’s call and choice of you. For if you cultivate these qualities, you will never slip, (11) for it is in this way that to you will be generously granted a triumphant admittance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Joh 11:25-26 WmsNT Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life myself. Whoever continues to believe in me will live right on even though he dies, (26) and no person who continues to live and believe in me will ever die at all. Do you believe this?”
Joh 4:21-24 WmsNT (21) Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. (22) You Samaritans do not know what you are worshiping; we Jews do know what we are worshiping; for salvation comes from the Jews. (23) But a time is coming — indeed, it is already here — when the real worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and reality, for the Father is looking for just such worshipers. (24) God is a spiritual Being, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and reality.”
Joh 4:25-26 WmsNT (25) The woman said to Him, “I know that the Messiah is coming, the One who is called the Christ. When He comes, He will tell us everything.” (26) Jesus said to her, “I, the very one who is talking to you, am He!”
Joh 4:30-34 WmsNT (30) So the people left town and rushed out to see Him. (31) Meanwhile the disciples were asking Him, and saying, “Teacher, eat something.” (32) But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” (33) So the disciples began to say to one another, “Nobody has brought Him anything to eat, has he?” (34) Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.
If we could please turn to John 4 – the chapter we just read.
We are told that Jesus came to a town in Samaria called Sychor – famous for a well that was dug, or whatever to you do to create wells, by Jacob for Joseph.
I would like us to read again the conversation that took place with the Samaritan woman that met him as she came to draw water v 7
So Jesus is talking or has spoken to a woman the of a people, the Samaritans, that the Jews normally did not have anything to do with or have dealings with.
He offers this Samaritan woman, who had had five husbands and was now living with someone not her husband – the waters of salvation.
V10 Ask him (me) and he would have given you the living waters.
So we come to remember today the one that broke the mould – He changed everything.
He did not come to condemn sinners – but to offer them a way to salvation, through the grace offered by his sacrifice.
He heard an exhortation here a few weeks ago, about some lessons taken from John 6 about the woman taken in adultery, who Jesus was asked to condemn. He did not, as we know.
So I want us to think again this morning and remember the revolutionary example that our Lord gave to us.
We are challenged not to judge and condemn, but to forgive and love. This is certainly against what was taught at that time – and also is the normal ethic of today.
We are challenged not to be inward looking and self-centered.
Jesus came to turn the world upside down – He brought hope to the hopeless. So should His effect on our lives and the way we behave – as His followers.
So I would like to take a few minutes to think about what our conversion should actually mean to us.
We all know that repentance is essential for the Christian.
Luke 13:1 Except you repent – you shall likewise perish
Luke 5:32 I am not come to call the righteous – but sinners to repentance
Repentance is a command from God – there is no hope of salvation without it.
We need to repent because of our sinful nature in itself can only lead to death, as we are estranged from God. Therefore we must show we recognize this fact. This is the first stage in our walk or journey to salvation.
We are also told to confess our sins.
In Matt 3:2 John the Baptist’s cry to the people was –
“repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”.
We are then told in verses 5/6
Then all Jerusalem and all Judea and the region round about the Jordon went to him and were baptized by him in the Jordon, confessing their sins.
Part of the act of repentance there results in a confession of sins.
Maybe because of the association with confessing sins to priests – this is something that I do not consider as much as I should do. But I John 1: 8/10 tell us:
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins – He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned – we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
We have to confess or admit our sins to God. What does that actually mean?
It surely does not just mean telling about the way we acted and admitting or confessing what we have done. The has to be some progression – it should also involve a conscious act on our behalf to improve in the future.
“What would Jesus have done” may be a guided – but we also need to instil into ourselves the idea of what Jesus do, as we face these situations.
I do not think this means each day we need to relive this in detail – as see what we could have done differently – although this may be part of it, given our individual situations.
But we should be getting so familiar with the scriptures and asking for help in prayer – that we – as our spiritual lives develop, this should become second nature.
By their fruits you shall know them” – by the way we act, these actions should identify ourselves as the Children of God.
Of course – this is difficult, as these principles go against our sinful natures.
Can we turn to II Peter 1: 5/11 as a reminder of the ideal spiritual progression:
From a practical point of view – we should be showing this is the way we live and the example we give to those we live and work with. We should be seen to be different.
Conversion carries the meaning of turning round – a change in direction – not doing the things that will only lead to destruction and death – but turning to the things of God which lead us to salvation.
So I hope the people that know me, who work with me – can see something different. Whether this be in the way I speak, act – the motives and ambitions that drive me. These also should show that I am different – separate – in some way holy.
How I tackle situations I am faced with should show that I am differently motivated – and this should be the case for all of those who have put on Christ and are trying to develop His character in their lives.
So we should be demonstrating those attributes in our lives:
- Brotherly kindness
We saw earlier what a remarkable Saviour we have. He turned the world upside down to enable sinners to be saved.
He gave Himself and did this for us. And now we turn our attention to the bread and wine on the table before us.
John 11 is the passage where we have recorded for us the events surrounding the death and raising of Lazarus. In this chapter – Jesus asks Mary, and now us whether we believe – verses 24/5
I am the resurrection and the life
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.
And whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Our belief in this is our faith and why we are here now.
So with this great hope – let us examine ourselves as we prepare to take the bread and wine, the symbols of the life and death of our Lord and what he was put through for us. Very tragic and sad.
But – He defeated sin this way – and He did it to turn the world upside down, so that we would have hope.
Preceding: the Bible reading of John’s gospel chapter 4
- Creator and Blogger God 4 Expounding voice
- Missional hermeneutics 4/5
- Fragments from the Book of Job #4: chapters 27-31
- Nazarene Commentary Matthew 3:1-6 – A Wilderness Baptist Prepares the Way
- Nazarene Commentary Matthew 3:7-12 – Opposition and Two Baptisms
- Nazarene Commentary Luke 3:3-6 – John Preaches Baptism of Repentance
- Nazarene Commentary Luke 3:7-9 – Vipers, Repent!
- Nazarene Commentary Luke 3:10-14 – “What Shall We Do?”
- Repentance and conversion are not milestones which we pass on the way of life and never see again
- God receives us on the basis of our faith
- God showing how far He is willing to go to save His children
- Elul Observances
- To Soar In The Spirit You Have To Be Hard Core
- Breathing and growing with no heir
- Together tasting a great promisse
- Doest thou well to be Angry?
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- From Despair to Victory
- A secret to be reveiled
- What the Woman at the Well taught me about race. (2fe.966.myftpupload.com)
Galatians 3:28 says that we are all one in Christ and that there is neither Jew or Gentile. Gentiles are anyone who isn’t Jewish. That applies to me and most people I know. One thing that boggles my mind when I see or read about “Christians” who harbor racism in their hearts is that if Christ didn’t open up Salvation outside of the Jewish race, none of us would be able to taste the grace that is found at the cross. Jesus died to destroy the racial divide. Jesus died so that those who are outside of the Jewish race can receive salvation. Jesus died to save sinners, regardless of race or nationality.
- Blessings Without Borders… (thetruelight2014.wordpress.com)
However, our Lord was a Savior of humankind above and beyond anything else. He was tasked with spreading the word of God, and changing the world forever. So, whether it was a large crowd or just one person, the Lord took all opportunities to accomplish what His Father sent Him to do.
But as they were trying to “reason” with the Lord on this matter, the woman left the well. She went back to the village to gather up as many people as she could to come back and hear what this amazing “prophet” had to say!She returned with several Samaritans from her city, and they invited Jesus to stay and speak with them. He agreed to remain with them for two days, teaching the gospel message. After that time, many who listened came to believe that Jesus was indeed “the Christ, the Savior of the world” (V.42).
- [Bible Challenge] John 4: The first female evangelist (esther-mag.com)
We see the result of her efforts in verses 39-42: the Samaritans sought Jesus and believed on his words. There is a lesson for us here: whilst the Pharisees were still sceptical of Jesus’ witness, those who were earnest were able to recognise him for what he was. Later on in the chapter, Jesus’ healing of the nobleman’s son (verses 43-54) illustrates the same principle: that when we seek Jesus with all our hearts, he will hear us and prove himself to be true to his word.
- There has to be more than this (workforthecausenottheapplause.com)
The earth is rotating. We are never happy. We seek fulfillment in so many things- our jobs, our spouses, our loved ones our addictions. We want to be satisfied. But as the earth is spinning and we are spinning and everything is changing, HE remains the same always. He is the foundation of the earth. He is the embodiment of stability. As we change, HE alone remains the same.
- Bright Wednesday (2015) (frted.wordpress.com)
Christianity believes God fulfilled all of His promises and prophecies offered in the Old Testament in Jesus Christ our Lord.
- April 16 – centripetal (cohdailyprayer2014.wordpress.com)
Desmond Tutu calls the “centripetal process” God has set in motion and find joy in being drawn to Jesus.
- Tuesday in Easter Week (emmanuelchatham.typepad.com)
- Unashamed! (pastorsstudy.blogspot.com)
- We Are Not Forgotten (africanaprincess.wordpress.com)
- Revelation 14:6-13: A Biblical Study On God’s Final Message To The World!! (gospelbondservant.com)
- The Woman at the Well Part 3: Finding Spiritual Fulfillment
God calls us to reap the harvest of the world. God made us his precious children. He made us in His image. His fruits. With the Holy Spirit, we can be nourishment to others more than any fruit of this world because we have Him in us. He is all we need to reap his harvest. Be fulfilled by doing his work. In this fulfillment, you will find pleasure, satisfaction, joy, peace, hope, grace and most of all love.
- “Now the Sower is arm in arm with the Harvester, triumphant.” ~Jesus
Jesus has a role for us to play. Our job is to understand what it is today and be faithful to God’s plan. If our role is to get rid of the weeds today, then let us do it joyfully knowing that one day someone will be able to harvest the crop. In fact, if there is no weeding done, there will be no harvest.
- Things Jesus Said. . . and meant (5)
Throughout the centuries, Christians have found the words “I thirst” to have deep meaning. Mother Teresa of Calcutta had the words written near the crucifixes in her convents. The words “I thirst” reminded her of many things: the way Jesus thirsts for others to come to him, the way Jesus thirsted in his sufferings in life and dying, the way her beloved poor people hungered and thirst, both in the literal sense and in the way people all over the world, including “the rich” thirst for love.
Jesus thirsts to be close to us, to commune with us in the deep spiritual relationship of God’s love–even from the cross he thought of you and me. He was longing to bring about the reconciliation of heaven and earth, God and earthling.
- Good Questions Get to Root Issues
Some of my best conversations with people have been when I’ve asked them to tell me how they’ve adopted their views that differ from Christians on certain hard issues. I’ve encountered very few people who have reasoned through their stances. Most realize they’ve come from being influenced by commonly held views that are espoused all around them. I know women who are craving spiritual fulfillment but who won’t set foot in a church or Bible study because they assume the people there have views differing from theirs. Sometimes they are afraid that exploring the Christian faith will mean they have to adopt a specific “agenda.” They make assumptions about God without looking at His word. Many people embrace the buzzwords of popular culture without really understanding what they mean or if they are really good.
- Living Water in Unexpected Places
- The Thirst Within Her
- Are You Not Thirsty?
- “Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth.” ~~Jesus
- Living Water
- John 4
- Taste and See
- Woman at the Well: Part 2
- Never let the human perspective limit God’s work
- The Woman at the Well
- Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (John 4)
- January 20 – Verse for the Day
- “Go call your husband and then come back.” ~~Jesus
- Through Christ, We Are The Living Water
- John 1 and 4 Answers – 2.7.15
- “I am the Messiah. You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.” ~~Jesus
- Samaritan Woman John 4 – The Ride 2.3.15
- Samaritan Woman John 4 – Devotional 2.3.15
- The Water I Give
- Fresh Bubbling Spring