Date

November 1 - 7, 2020

Location

West Franklin
700 New Highway 96 W
Franklin, TN 37064 United States

Sunday November 1, 2020 | Jesus and the Samarian Woman

Jesus offers something better than physical water; He gives us Himself. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to everyone who comes to Him by faith. We can worship Him as Lord and Savior wherever we are.

This Week’s Lesson | Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

  • Bible Passage: John 4
  • Story Point: Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe.
  • Key Passage: John 3:16
  • Big Picture Question: What makes people special? People are special because we are made in God’s image, as male and female, to know Him.

Jesus had been teaching in Judea. He and His disciples began traveling back to Galilee. They traveled through Samaria and stopped in a town with a well. Jesus’ disciples went into town to buy food.

While Jesus was at the well, a Samaritan woman came to get water from the well. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” The woman was surprised. “Why are You talking to me?” she asked. “You’re a Jew, and I’m a Samaritan.” Jesus said, “I asked you for a drink. You don’t know who I am. If you did, you would have asked Me for a drink, and I would give you living water.” The woman was confused. She said, “Sir, this well is deep, and You don’t have a bucket. Where do You get this ‘living water’?” Jesus said, “Anyone who drinks this well water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks from the water I give will never be thirsty again! In fact, the water I give will become a well inside you, and you will have eternal life.” Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, but the woman did not understand. “Sir,” she said, “give me this water. If I’m not thirsty, I won’t have to keep coming to this well to get water.” “Go get your husband,” Jesus said. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus knew she was telling the truth. He said, “You don’t have a husband now, but you’ve had five husbands.” Jesus was right. “I see You are a prophet,” the woman said. Maybe this prophet could explain something to her. She said, “The Samaritans worship here on a mountain, but the Jews say we need to worship at the temple in Jerusalem.” Jesus said, “Soon you will not need to be in either of those places to worship God in spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus said, “I am the Messiah.” The woman left and told the people in her town, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?”

Many Samaritans believed in Jesus because of what the woman said. Jesus stayed in their town for two days. Many more believed because of what Jesus said. They told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.”

Christ Connection

Jesus offers something better than physical water; He gives us Himself. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to everyone who comes to Him by faith. We can worship Him as Lord and Savior wherever we are.

Family Starting Points

  • Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe.
  • What makes people special? People are special because we are made in God’s image, as male and female, to know Him.

Activity Pages

Family Activity

  • Craft – Living Water Water bottle

Materials

  • Water Bottles (1 per kid)
  • Stickers
  • Markers
  • Paper cut to the size to make a label.

Instructions

Let each child choose a bottle of water and give them a long piece of paper and markers to write and decorate the bottle with JESUS GIVES US LIVING WATER. Tape their piece of decorated paper onto the bottle to remember today’s lesson.

  • Blessing overflow

Provide a sheet of paper and a pencil to each kid. Ask kids to write about or draw pictures of a few things they consider to be blessings. Help them think through things like their families, their school, their friends, their church family, and so forth. Then challenge the kids to wad their papers into balls and toss them into the cup. Allow them a few chances, or they may simply place their paper wad in the cup. By the end, the cup should be overflowing with paper wads.

SAY: God blesses us in so many ways. It is good to remember the blessings we have from God. The Bible teaches that every good gift is from God. The best gift we could receive is salvation from sin. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe. When we have the Holy Spirit living with us, our hearts overflow with joy, and the blessings in our lives can be used to bless other people too.

  • Game: Running on Thirsty (Could be Messy)

For this game, every child will need two cups (one with water, one without) and a drinking straw.
Have kids stand against one wall, and give each child a straw. Place cups with water on the ground near each child while placing empty cups on the floor about 10 feet away. Demonstrate how to hold water in the straw by dipping it in the cup, plugging the top with a finger, and lifting the straw. On “go,” give kids 60 seconds to see how much water they can transfer to their empty cups using only their straws.

When time’s up, read aloud John 4:7-10.

Then say: Talk about a time you were really thirsty and how you quenched your thirst.

Read aloud John 4:11-14. Say: The woman drew water at the well, just like you drew water with your straws. Jesus, though, talked about a different kind of water.
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Ask:

  • What “water” do you think Jesus talked about?
  • What kinds of “thirsts” do you think Jesus’ water could quench?
  • Hold up a cup of water and say: Just like the water the woman got out of the well, the water in this cup will run out but Jesus’ living water never runs out!

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Contact

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