Week 2: All Things New in My Church + Community
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING
A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.” (For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies.) So the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How can you—a Jew—ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you had known the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water to drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said to Him, “you have no bucket and the well is deep; Where then do you get this living water? Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.”
Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” He said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” The woman replied, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you people say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. But a time is coming—and now is here—when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (the one called Christ); “whenever He comes, He will tell us everything.” Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am He…”
Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the report of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I ever did.”
—John 4:7-26, 39 (NET)
Read the full passage: John 4:4-42 (NET)
PRAYER + REFLECTION
1. Ask the Lord how you can engage others, even out of your own need, in such a way that opens them to conversations about Jesus.
2. Pray that you would have prophetic discernment into the lives of those you engage.
3. Ask the Spirit to reveal to you the ways he is working in the hearts of people whom Jesus loves so much.