Summary: overcoming through Christ
Intro: a new pastor decided to teach the young boys class to see where they were at Biblically. He asked them, who tore down the walls of Jericho? Not one of them knew. So he called a board meeting about the situation that no boys knew who tore down the walls of Jericho. One board member spoke up and said, I know those boys quite well, and I am sure none of them tore down those walls. Another board member spoke up and said, don’t worry preacher, I’ll call all those boys parents up and we’ll find who tore down those walls. The last board member said, let’s not stir anything up, I vote we give the preacher some money and we’ll have those Jericho walls fixed.
Knowing how walls come down is important. Not just Jericho’s walls, but the walls and barriers of life. Today, I would like to preach-Tearing Down the Walls
Background: in the story of the woman at the well we have Jesus breaking down the barriers of life. Many people face these same barriers, and today we can all be set free by the love, compassion and the grace of Jesus.
I. gender—verse 7-there cometh a woman—maybe this isn’t a shocking statement to you, but in this culture, women had been devalued to the point that it would be shocking for Jesus to stand at a well talking to a woman.
a. our society has devalued women in many ways. It is so important for the church to tear down these walls. We need our young men to be taught to respect women and value them as women of God. Jesus placed value on women all through his ministry.
b. Women need to be honored, valued and praised within the church. The gender gap must be broken for the church to go forward.
Ill) Bethel’s Women’s ministry: they contribute so much to the life
Of the church that we could not function without this valuable
Ministry in place. Sister Linda and her team have an honored place
In the church family.
II. Race or religion—v.7b from Samaria—even more amazing than Jesus
speaking to a woman, he was speaking to a Samaritan. There were deep seated prejudices between the Jews and Samaritans. Jesus came to tear down walls and break down barriers. One of the most important barriers to break in the church is prejudice.
a. Azuza street revival—in Los Angeles we had a great move of God at the turn of the last century. What was amazing is people from different cultures were all worshipping together. Today, we need to have these barriers broken. Jesus isn’t available for one group only, but he is available to all.
b. denominational walls—the other day a group of ladies from the Methodist church in Patten Maine came over to one of my mom’s cousins house to minister to her while she is battling with cancer. My family in Maine were raised Pentecostal and years ago preached against lipstick, make-up and any jewelry, which the Methodist church allowed. Mom and her cousin were saying, isn’t it sad that our religious walls kept all of us apart for so many years.
Ill) walls don’t come down easy—in Northern Peru, the Inca
Civilization has disappeared off the landscape except for one