Be Neighbors For Jesus
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Introduction: Jesus and his disciples
were traveling between
I. Background: Why Jews hated Samaritans “...The Jews have no dealings with the
Samaritans” (John 4:9).
A. Bitterness began with Assyrian king Shalmaneser’s removal of the ten tribes to
became his servant. All was well until Shalmanesser discovered Hoshea’s
conspiracy against him (II Kings 17:4). He left behind the very young, very old, and
the infirm (II Kings 17). Some years later, other tribes were sent in to occupy this
country. They brought idolatrous practices and those Israelites left behind
intermarried with them. They lost the right to be called Israelites and were instead
known as Samaritans.
B. Other reason for hatred:
1. Nehemiah returned to
Samaritans offered to help and were flatly refused (Ezra 4:2-5).
II. We Need To See People as God Sees Them (John 4:7-18).
A. Fist person Jesus encountered at Jacob’s well was a Samaritan woman
1. Not uncommon – women usually drew water
2. What was uncommon was that Jesus spoke to her. He was recognized as a Rabbi
(teacher) by many. Quite uncommon for a Rabbi to risk his reputation by
speaking to women in public – even his own wife – such violated social customs
that still prevail in that part of the world today. Jesus was willing to lower
Himself in the eyes of others to reach out to this sinful soul.
B. This woman was sinful. Possibly the reason she came to the well at instead of
morning, when most women came.
1. Jesus used this as an opportunity to teach.
2. Then, He caused her to face the immorality of her life. “Go, call thy husband,
and come hither” (Jn. ). She replied, “I have no husband.” In fact, she’d had
five and was “shacked up” (in our vernacular) with a 6th man.
3. Realizing that Jesus was more than any Rabbi she’d ever met, she was faced
with the sin in her life. Her current living arrangement leads us to believe that
her divorces weren’t lawful. Furthermore, Samaritans allowed divorce only on
the grounds of adultery, as Jesus commanded (Matt. 19:9). No one can be
converted until they recognize their sinfulness and repent of it (Luke 13:3; Acts
). We’re all created in God’s image and are equally important to Him (Gen.
; Gal. 3:26&27).
III. The True Nature of Woship (John -29)
A. Woman perceived Jesus was a prophet (John ). She then wanted an answer to
this question, “Where are we to worship?We’ve always done it here, but you say it
ought to be
mountain, nor yet at
B. 2 dimensions of worship: Spirit and truth – John 4:24
1. Spirit - Worship is an internal, personal matter which must be done with zeal and
love for God – must be done because we want to, not of bare necessity. Matt.
5:8; 15:8-9; Prov. 4:23; Luke 18:9-14.
2. Truth – Feelings and spirit are vital to genuine worship, but so is obedience to
God regarding how we worship. Society emphasizes feelings. God emphasizes
doing it His way (Luke ; John ). We are to observe the
Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7; I Cor. -26), sing praises to God (Col. 3:16; Eph.
), hear preaching on the first day of the week (Sunday). We give back to God
as we’ve been prospered (I Cor. 16:1-2). We also pray when we worship God,
just as Jesus commanded (Matt. 7:7) and as Peter and John did (Acts 3:1). The
Bible is truth (John ) and must be strictly adhered to.
C. The object of worship – God.
1. Worship – Act of paying divine honors to a deity; to render religious service;
religious reverence and homage (Webster).
2. From Greek word proskuneo – To kiss the ground in front of; to prostate one’s
3. Jesus condemned Samaritan’s place of worship and the object of it. They
recognized only the Pentateuch and venerated Moses, paid little attention to
Jesus. Samaritans worshipped the wrong source.
D. Worship today
1. Not acceptable to God in many places – especially in man-made churches.
2. Too many go to church today to be entertained, not to worship God.
3. We should go to give, not to get something. We worship God for the sacrifice
He made for each of us in sending Jesus to die (John ) and for the physical
blessing we get daily that we can’t even count (Psalm 68:19).
4. We should spend time getting ready to come to worship spiritually more than
worrying about hair, clothing, makeup, etc. I Peter 3:4 emphasizes the
importance of adorning the inner person.
IV. The Disciples Return (John -30)
A. When disciples returned, none questioned why Jesus was talking with this woman
1. After meeting with Zacchaeus, Jesus said, “The son of man is come to seek and
to save that which was lost” Luke 19:10. He took criticism for that meeting, too
B. Woman was excited to tell others about Jesus. Risked rebuke and overcame her
shame to tell others to come see this man (John ).
1. How many today are really trying to fulfill the Great Commission? “Go ye
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the
end of the world” (Matt 28:19-20).
2. Why haven’t more adopted Jesus’ mission – to seek and to save the lost?
V. The Real Necessities of Life
A. After the woman left (v. 29), the disciples tried to get Jesus to eat. He replied that
He had meat they didn’t know about.
1. Not physical meat, but spiritual. Physical food doesn’t feed the soul. Man shall
not live by bread alone – Matt. 4:4.
2. The body decays, but the soul lives forever. Matt. “And fear not them
which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is
able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Lay up treasures in heaven – Matt.
3. Doing God’s will should satisfy our spiritual hunger.
VI. The Spiritual Situation of the World (John -38)
A. Sychar was located in a very fertile growing region. However, it’s believed that
Jesus was there in the middle of December, and that harvest didn’t begin until
April. There wouldn’t have been any grain to harvest, but the harvest of souls was
VII. How Do We Look At the World?
A. Are we spiritually blinded to the opportunities to save souls?
B. There are over 6.5 billion people in the world today, most of whom aren’t New
Testament Christians. Do we see them as prospects? We should.
Questions to consider:
1. What should be our attitude to those living in sin?
2. How should Christians respond to racial prejudice today?
3. In what ways are the fields white unto harvest today?
4. What did Jesus mean that His meat was to do the will of God and to finish His work?
How does that apply to us today?