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John 4:1-30 Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide

Read:   John 4:1-30 

Q1: How does Jeremiah 2:13 describe what is happening in this story. 

My people have committed two sins: “They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”   –Jeremiah 2:13

Q2: How have you (in the past or recently) tried to quench a “thirst” through digging your own wells?

Q3: Jesus walked virtually everywhere he went.  He didn’t live his life in a hurry.  He took time to interact with people as he lived his life.  Do you need to slow down?  Perhaps you feel you can’t change your pace because of life circumstances but what would it look like to slow down in your “heart and mind?”  Could you, without drastic life changes, start “seeing” others around you more? How might this happen?

Q4: Jesus lived in the mundane with a clear vision of purpose.  Have you lost sight of the “epic” in the mundane of your life? God has good works prepared for you to do.  Do you lose sight of this reality? How can you keep the larger purposes of God in front of you as you live your normal life? Why is this so difficult to do?

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”   -Ephesians 2:10

Q5: What are your plans for the summer to abide in Christ…to drink from his living water & avoid digging your own broken wells? What will your time in prayer and the Bible look like?  How will you engage other Christian friends to help you? 

*Be specific and practical.  Summer can be a time of growth or a time of going backwards.  It can be a time to slow down, but we must remain intentional.  Jesus sat down at the well to rest and he engaged the woman with the gospel.  You can change your pace this summer without going backwards in your relationship with Christ.  If you haven’t thought much about this, start right now!  Talk this through together.  Talk about past successes and failures.  Learn from one another.