Over the past four weeks, we’ve been looking at our identity in Christ; but over the last year, we’ve been in a process of re-discovering our identity as a church. We have found out what we have always known – that Fellowship lives by its name. Fellowship has always been characterized by fellowship with God and fellowship with others. God created you for fellowship, you are called to fellowship, and you are commissioned for fellowship. But what does fellowship have to do with the woman at the well in John 4?
1Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that He was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but His disciples. 3So He left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4Now He had to go through Samaria. 5So He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as He was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. 7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give Me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to Him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” 11“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” John 4:1-15
Would you rather be stranded on an island alone or with someone you don’t get along with? Why?
Read Genesis 3:8-9 and 1 John 1:3. What do these verses say about fellowship?
Read John 4:1-15. Jesus was compelled to go through Samaria even though “good” Jews avoided it. Has God ever compelled you to go somewhere you wouldn’t normally go? What was the result?
In biblical times, the well was THE place for conversation, connection, and the central point of meeting in society. As Jesus sat by the well, a Samaritan woman came during in the heat of the day. It was unlikely that someone would go to the well at that hour unless they were avoiding people. Why do you think the Samaritan woman wanted to avoid the people in her town?
What are the reasons the Samaritan woman would not want to fellowship with Jesus? Why do you think Jesus chose to fellowship with her?
Have you ever felt that your reputation, gender, religion, financial standing, etc., has kept you from fully fellowshipping with other people? Explain.
Read the verses below; on the line provided, write down the reason given for why you are called by God to fellowship:
- Proverbs 27:17
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
- Romans 1:11-12
- Galatians 6:2
- Hebrews 10:24-25
- James 5:16
Read John 4:28-30. The woman at the well, so excited about her encounter with Jesus, left her water jug and went back to town to tell everyone about Him. As a believer, your divine mandate is to make Christ known by sharing Him with others. How can you be more intentional about making Christ known and drawing non-believers into fellowship with God?
This week think through and put into practice ways you can lean even more into fellowship with God and others.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
In John 4:10, Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that He can give her “living water”. What is “living water”?
Read Psalm 42:1, Isaiah 55:1, Jeremiah 2:13, Jeremiah 17:13, and Revelation 21:6. How do these verses expand your understanding of “living water”?
What are some of the “broken cisterns” that you’ve put your trust in? What did it take for you to return to the source of “living water”?
Read John 4:28-30 and 39-42. What changes do you see in the life of this woman as a result of drinking at the well of “living water”?