Summary: This outline can be used as a brief exposition of the Woman at the Well. It is a brief study in "Conversational Evangelism". Be sure to cast the net at the end!

Exposing the Heart of Jesus (The Woman at the Well)

Lakewood Church of God | Speaker: Pastor Jonathan Vorce | 1-22-2017

John 4:1-29

I. An Exposition of the Woman at the Well (John 4)

A. 4:4 - “I must needs go through Samaria”.

1. Jesus knew there was an appointment with destiny at Jacob’s well.

B. 4:6-7 - About NOON a woman came to the well and found Jesus sitting there.

1. She came at noon, possibly to avoid the other woman.

2. Jesus positioned Himself for conversation and when the opportunity presented itself Jesus took it.

3. Jesus spoke to her for the first of seven times and asked her for water “Give me to drink”.

C. 4:9 - Jesus crossed cultural barriers to bring life to a parched heart

D. 4:10-15 - Jesus got right to the point and the Samaritan woman decided she wanted the water.

E. 4:16 - Jesus abruptly changes the subject. Why?

1. Because before someone can become born again they must acknowledge that they are a sinner in need of the Savior.

2. They must understand that they cannot save themselves!

F. 4:21-24 - Discourse on true worship

G. 4:26 - Jesus reveals himself to her as the Messiah

H. 4:28-29 - The first woman evangelist goes into the city and tells “the men” about Jesus…

II. Jesus started a conversation knowing...

- She was a Samaritan

- That she would question Him

- That she was with her sixth man

- That she was hurting

III. Jesus used everyday examples to communicate timeless truths.

- He did not use Christianese (Language only Christians can understand... Words like justification, sanctification etc.)

- He did not wow her with His theology

- He did not try to impress her

- He won her through a conversation

IV. His message...

A. Is your soul thirsty?

1. Thirst is used many times in the Bible to show the condition of the soul

Psalms 63:1-2

1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

2. The Water of Life

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

3. A living fountain that will never run dry.

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

In Jeremiah 2 and Jeremiah 17 the Word refers to Jehovah as the “fountain of living waters”

B. I love You regardless… (John 3:16)

Song: The Love of God

Verse 1

The love of God is greater far

Than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star,

And reaches to the lowest hell;

The guilty pair, bowed down with care,

God gave His Son to win;

His erring child He reconciled,

And pardoned from his sin.


Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

Verse 2

When hoary time shall pass away,

And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,

When men who here refuse to pray,

On rocks and hills and mountains call,

God’s love so sure, shall still endure,

All measureless and strong;

Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

Verse 3

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

Frederick M. Lehman

(It is said that Frederick M. Lehman found verse 3 penciled on the wall of an insane asylum after the person who occupied the room was carried to their grave)

Closing: Jesus still heals broken hearts

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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