Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager


A Conversation At The Well


I. Introduction:

A. Jesus finds himself traveling and seeking water, when an opportunity to teach arises (John 4:1-7).

1. Being prepared to discuss God’s word is expected of us (Colossians 4:6).

2. We should never be fearful to discuss the truth no matter who we’re talking to (Psalm 119:46 and Acts 19:8).

B. Our desire to teach must be out of concern for souls (Colossians 1:25-29).

1. Jesus was not out just trying to count how many he baptized or to “get a name” for Himself (John 4:1-2 and Matthew 9:36-38; cf. I Corinthians 1:10-21).

2. Jesus wasn’t trying to [language of Ashdod coming] – get someone to “come to church” (Luke 19:10).

3. When someone is receptive (Psalms 119:2), we need to be willing and able to deliver the truth (Acts 20:20).


II. Body: As we examine the conversation at the well, Jesus shows us what to do in such situations (John 4:7-26).

4:7-8 – Jesus asked for something, that His disciples were not present to offer, that would be telling (Matthew 10:41-42).

4:9 – She asked a good question (cf. Matthew 10:1-7 and Acts 10:28), that leads to a great opportunity to teach (Galatians 6:10).

4:10 – Sometimes people are ignorant that you have the answers (cf. II Corinthians 4:5-7).

a. The gift (Ephesians 2:5-10). 

b. Who she’s talking to (John 9:35-38, John 11:22-27, Acts 4:10-12, and I John 5:20).

c. She should be asking for “living water” (Isaiah 55:1-3; 6-7, Jeremiah 2:13, and Revelation 22:17).

4:11-12 – Sometimes people will respond at first in ignorance (I Corinthians 2:14). 

4:13-14John 6:27; 40; 49 and Romans 6:22.

4:15 – Sometimes people ask for eternity, without understanding or being truly prepared (Luke 9:57-62 and John 6:34; 60-66).

4:16-18 – Jesus shows His knowledge transcends that of common man (cf. Matthew 9:3-4). 

a. He exposes her error (Matthew 19:3-9 and Romans 7:1-3).

b. He does not “soft peddle” the truth (II Corinthians 3:12).

c. This tells us we must teach what is needed when opportunities exist to do so (cf. Jude 3).

4:19-24 – True worship (Matthew 15:7-9 and Philippians 3:3) is pleasing to God (Psalms 147:11).

4:25 – Some people are slow (Luke 24:15-27).

4:26 – He is who He is whether one believes it or not (John 8:12-25).


III. Conclusion: The impact of a spiritual discussion can go a long way (John 4:28-30; 39-42).






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