THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 91ST EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCALCHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: WOMAN OF SAMARIA
Printed Text: John 4:7-15, 23-26, 28-30
Key Verse: John 4:14 (NIV)
But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011-2012
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Our lives can be shaped by public perception and reputation. How can our lives be turned around? In his acceptance of the Samaritan woman, Jesus restored her life.
Jesus was able to overcome the identity crisis and social wounding the Samaritan woman had experienced. Jesus introduced the Samaritan woman to the living water of God. To know that God cares is “living water.” To discover that worship is an open encounter with God not bound by race, class, or social position is “living water.” To worship God in “spirit and truth” and be liberated to a new vision of self in the world is “living water.” The Samaritan woman was confused at all levels of relationship with God. When she discovered that God’s love and Spirit were free gifts to all, without conditions, the Samaritan woman was set free.
We meet people daily like the woman of Samaria. They have endured the language of sexism and racism and may no longer believe that there is true love and care in the world. Life is a broken narrative—and these people are lonely, isolated, and desperate to encounter a healing discourse, a prophetic compassion that humanizes life in the midst of their existential pain. They need “living water” in order to turn their lives around.
Loving and liberating God, lead us to the well of living water. Heal our souls of racial and gender hostilities that keep us from worshipping God in Spirit and in truth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
WORD POWER: Living Water—the life-restoring flow of God’s love in our world. It is the incarnation, habitation, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the power of God.