God has an important role for you in his mission – John 4:27-42, Part 5

In the previous post, Jesus taught his disciples that they should see themselves as harvesters. He wasn’t referring to harvesting in the farming world, but harvesting for God’s Kingdom. Jesus was saying that just as they were his disciples, their mission was to help more people become his disciples. Just then, something happened to illustrateContinue reading “God has an important role for you in his mission – John 4:27-42, Part 5”

Jesus’ unlikely harvest in an unlikely place – John 4:27-42, Part 4

I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s farm country. My back yard is adjacent to a corn field, so just a few weeks ago we watched as harvesters brought in the corn at night. Other years we’ve watched the combines mowing down the fields and spraying a golden stream of kernels into trailers. Harvest is a normalContinue reading “Jesus’ unlikely harvest in an unlikely place – John 4:27-42, Part 4”

The food that gives Jesus life – John 4:27-42, Part 3

What gives you life? Being with friends or family? Your job? Perhaps a hobby? Serving as a volunteer? Reading? Exercise? Art? Music? As we continue studying John 4:27-42, we learn what gives Jesus life. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus had a thought-provoking conversation with a Samaritan woman. They had a chance meeting around a wellContinue reading “The food that gives Jesus life – John 4:27-42, Part 3”

What to do when you meet Jesus – John 4:27-42, Part 2

In John 4:1-42, there are two major themes running side-by-side.  The first we talked about last week: Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman about worship.  Now this week, we’re looking at Jesus’ interaction with his disciples during this episode.  They travel with Jesus from Judea, heading north to Galilee. When they arrive in the SamaritanContinue reading “What to do when you meet Jesus – John 4:27-42, Part 2”

Why Jesus shut down his ministry – John 4:27-42, Part 1

Last week we concluded with a bit of a cliffhanger.  Jesus had been talking with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in the Samaritan town of Sychar.  They’re having a rousing conversation, and just then Jesus’ disciples show up.  And that’s where we ended. Before we pick up the story and find out what happensContinue reading “Why Jesus shut down his ministry – John 4:27-42, Part 1”

Jesus’ disciples were “today years old when…” – John 4:27-42, Preview

I was today years old when I learned that a screwdriver handle is designed to fit inside a wrench so you can use the wrench to put extra torque on the screwdriver. I was today years old when I learned that iPhone users can text other iPhone users the words “pew pew” and it willContinue reading “Jesus’ disciples were “today years old when…” – John 4:27-42, Preview”