Questionable (1) - Questions
Small group discussion Guide
1. Welcome to our group! Introduce yourself and share something interesting that happened to you over the summer. Or share what you liked to do as a kid during the summer.
2. As we begin a new semester of small groups, here are the guidelines for our group.
What is shared here, stays here
Everyone is encouraged to participate
No one is allowed to dominate
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.”
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?”
3. Why is this encounter between Jesus and this Samaritan woman so questionable, even scandalous?
4. What is Jesus' approach and goal in this encounter with the Samaritan woman?
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.
5. Instead of running and hiding, the Samaritan woman runs and “exposes” herself to the village. Why would she reveal to others the amazing yet embarrassing fact that a man told her everything she had ever done? What would prompt her to do that? React to this quote:
6. The Samaritan woman concludes with a simple question: "Could this be the Messiah?" Why is asking questions a good way to share Jesus? What do you think would be a good question to get a spiritual discussion going?
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.”
6. The villagers' reaction to the Samaritan woman would have been to ask some questions of their own. What might they have been? How did they answer them?
7. Why is Living a Questionable Life a good description of a how a follower of Jesus should live? What questionable thing can you do this week to be more like Jesus?
8. Let practice!
For greater intimacy have the men meet with the men and the women meet with the women and have each person ...
Share - What has Jesus done or is doing for you right now? (Share a weakness that He has helped or is helping you overcome. Be as personal as possible.)
And after sharing simply ask - "Could Jesus be the Savior you need too?"
9. Conclude by praying for each other.