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Expose yourself!

John 4:3-26

Jesus left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The 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.)

Jesus 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.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but 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.”

The 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.”

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

“I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”


  • Travels through Samaria

  • Humbly Asks for Help

  • Asks a Samaritan for Help

  • Asks a Woman for Help

RABBINIC RULE - A man shall not talk with a woman in the street, not even his own wife and especially not with another woman, on account of what others may say.

John 4:27
Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

  • Shifts to the Spiritual - I'll give you living water

  • Gets Very Personal - You have had 5 husbands and the man you are living with is not your husband

  • Gets Personally Personal - I am He!

To get this story we have to understand how shocking, even scandalous this encounter between Jesus and this Samaritan woman really is. It is highly questionable!


John 4:28-30

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

  • Gets Personally Personal

Instead of running and hiding, she runs and “exposes” herself to the village

Why do we think that the best witness is displaying our personal strengths rather than our personal weaknesses that Jesus is helping us overcome?
  • Ask a Questionable Question

Could this be the Messiah?!

Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman
This book offers a solution for our evangelistic frustrations. I’m suggesting that we do more than just “proclaim the simple gospel” and wring our hands when the results don’t come pouring in. I’m proposing a style of evangelism that is a dialogue more than a sales pitch. I’m pleading for conversations that lead to conversions. I’m encouraging the use of questions more than answers.


  • Why are you telling us this?

  • Who is this man?

John 4:39-42

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Jesus' questionable harvest strategy

  • Questionable Jesus - Leads to a questioning and believing Samaritan woman

  • Questionable Samaritan - Leads to a questioning and believing Samaritan village

  • Questionable Christians - Lead to questioning and believing family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, community and world

John 4:35
Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

  1. Tell people what Jesus has done and is DOING for you (Get personally personal! Don't just share your strengths. Share the weaknesses that Jesus is helping you overcome.)

  2. Then ask, “Could Jesus be the Savior you need too?”

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