Weekend Message Takeaway: “The Food God Eats”

The Pursuit of One

During Jesus’ ministry, He had countless conversations with eternal implications. One of the most captivating was with a Samaritan woman. When Jesus first encounters this woman, He asks her for a drink of water. Knowing Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans, she asks how He could ask her, a Samaritan, for a drink. But Jesus moves right past that and His response is simply amazing. He says, “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” (John 4:10 NIV). 

This weekend, our series through the Gospel of John brought us to the well of Jacob in John 4:1–42. In this study, Pastor Doug gave us an in-depth look at the famous conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, its implications for our lives today, and showed us how Jesus pursues each of us individually.

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To view the message in its entirety, or to browse through the various great resources on this study, click here.
 

 

 

FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s teaching this weekend:

Jesus Always Goes After the One (John 4:1–9): In John 4:4 (NIV), it states, “Now he had to go through Samaria.” Technically, Jesus didn’t have to go through Samaria—in fact, most Jews avoided going through Samaria. But Jesus took the direct route because He had a divine appointment waiting for Him; He was in pursuit of one. He needed to go to that well because a woman was thirsty . . . and today, He is still meeting thirsty people right where they are.

Jesus Goes After the Part of Our Heart We Keep Hidden (John 4:10–26): This woman had spent her life trying to quench a deep thirst she had, but constantly found herself going to the wrong well. And in His conversation with her, Jesus revealed the deepest, most tender and vulnerable parts of her life. He created an uncomfortable moment; He took the mask off of her life in order to reveal that she was accepted and loved by God, that the Messiah had come to save her.

With Jesus, Your Deepest Hurt Can Become Your Most Powerful Story (John 4:27–30): No longer thirsty or ashamed, the woman left her water pot behind as she went into the city to preach the good news of the Messiah’s arrival. She did what the disciples failed to do in their visit to this town: She became the first missionary to the Samaritans. She proclaimed boldly, “Come and see!” At one time or another, we’ve all been this woman at the well. And Jesus wants to meet us where we are, quench our thirst, and see us overflow into the lives of others.

Jesus Challenges Us to Think Deeper About What Truly Satisfies (John 4:31–34): A good food experience is nothing compared to a great God experience. Jesus’ favorite food, the food that truly satisfied His body, mind, and soul, was doing the will of His Father. God’s work can bring you satisfaction and pleasure beyond what earthly nourishment can offer.  

Jesus Loves to Use One to Reach Many (John 4:35–42): The harvest is now. In this passage, we see a Samaritan revival because the Lord used this woman and her testimony about Jesus to bring people to Himself! And at that point, it went from a second-hand testimony to a first-hand experience with the Messiah. This can happen again, this kind of powerful revival. We can see it happen in our city!

Quote to Remember: Why would Jesus go after the vulnerable spot? Because that’s where transformation happens. Jesus goes after the space only He can heal!—Pastor Doug Sauder

21-DAY FAST

Starting in two weeks, we will embark on a church-wide, 21-day fast. Throughout the Bible, we see fasting as a way to attune our hearts to God’s. And that’s exactly what we want to do, together as a church family. So, we invite you to take this journey with us. It’s not for the faint of heart, but for those willing to be deeply challenged to be more like Jesus for the sake of the lost. 

As we saw this weekend, Jesus always goes after the one . . .  So, who is the one God has called you to reach? Think about one person you want to see come to know Jesus this Easter, the person you will invite to Easter service this year. Pray and fast over them, over the work of the Spirit in their heart and life, and over their salvation. Participate with God in the harvest, and celebrate the harvest at Easter.
 

DIG DEEPER ON KING DAVID AND KING JESUS

Looking for more in-depth study and great resources to help you gain a deeper understanding of the lives of David and Jesus? Check out our special webpage, complete with articles, a timeline from David to Jesus, supplemental material to highlight each week’s topic, and downloadable series images for your mobile device or tablet. To view the site, click here! 
 

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A LOOK AHEAD
This Wednesday, we’ll continue our study through King David’s life as Pastor Duane Roberts teaches from 1 Samuel 21. We’ll examine two diverse interactions from David’s early days as a fugitive: 1) David and the priest Ahimelech, and 2) David and King Achish of Gath. 

This weekend, we’ll explore several of Jesus’ miracles and the reactions of the Pharisees, the religious leadership, to His ministry as Plantation campus Pastor Chris Baselice teaches from John 4:43–5:18.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.