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Doing God's Thing

John 4:1-42

Modern society is typified by the battle cry of the libertarian, " Do your

own Thing! "

An entertainer of yesteryear ( Flip Wilson ) paved the way with his words, "

If it feels good, do it.! " and " The devil made me do it! "

A cigarette company defiantly boasts, " You've come a long way, baby! "

Implication is nobody can tell you what to do. You can do as you please even

if it kills you.

These are not new mottos but indeed they are as old as Eden.

Ladies, fellowship with God was broken because Eve did her own thing " The

devil made me do it. "

Guys, fellowship was broken because Adam did his own thing. " That woman,

whom You gave to me."

And the devil continues to say to the children of Eve " Yea hath God said

you shall die, You shall not surely die? "

" Do your own thing! God's all loving, forget about that wrath stuff. You'll

be okay. "

And we say, Sure, It's eye candy, it's quite tasty, and it will make us wise

and powerful, Why not?

Men and women, boys and girls, fellowship with God was broken because we do

our own thing.

" Who sez" " For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God "

Romans 3:23

" The wages of sin is death " Romans 6:23 The Word of God says so'

God's life goal for His people is found in the earthly mission of Jesus

stated in this passage; "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and

to finish His work. " John 4:34

God's will is that all people know about His salvation - Doing His will

brings salvation to us and others as we share His saving message.

God's will is for all people to live in harmony with Him - Doing His will

brings peace to our souls and breaks down the barriers to peace as He comes

into the life of our neighbors.

God's will is for the world to be filled with joy - Doing His will brings

joy to our hearts and that rejoicing resounds to others around us.

God's will is that people live forever in His Kingdom - Doing His will

brings life abundant here and life everlasting there.

Here is what I believe this Scripture teaches us about finding and doing

God's will.

I. Tune In To God - John 4:1-26

1. The Natural Person ( as personified by the Samaritan woman ) even having

a form of religion is on the wrong frequency to receive God. - Rebellion

(Sinfulness) 7-20

2. Let's examine her way of thinking and discover how far away from God she

really was.

A. Gender Bias - 7, 9

Jesus did what men of that day did not do. He spoke to a woman. He declared

that such discrimination was not in keeping with God's purposes.

B. Racial Prejudice - 9

The Jews avoided Samaria rather than come in contact with the hated

Samaritans ( half-breeds ) but Jesus deliberately and purposefully went

through Samaria. " Prejudice and indifference are the greatest enemies of

the church and ignorance is the mother of them both. " Glenn Bourne In

asking a favor from a Samaritan and a woman Jesus declared all people fit

for the Kingdom of God and all bigots as sinners out of tune with God.

C. Cultural Pride - 12

This very well was made by our ancestor Jacob. Surely there is no finer

water anywhere. he drank here himself as well as his sons and consequent

generations. Our nation is the greatest in the world. Is it any wonder that

people will risk life and limb just to come here! My forefathers had to

learn English.

D. Materialism - 15

Every lottery ticket, slot machine, and get rich quick schemes have this in

common. I would like to get something for nothing that would enable me to

have all leisure and no work.

E. Immorality - 16-18

She sought here happiness in the arms of men. You have rightly said you have

no husband. You have had five and the one you are living with now is not

your husband.

F. Tradition - 20

If it was good enough for dear old dad it's good enough for me. Be sure that

your traditions are centered in the revelation of God, His Holy Word.

3. The Natural Person ( as demonstrated by the Samaritan woman ) can

discover truth that will connect us to the correct frequency - Righteousness

(procured by Christ) 21-26

A. Recognize Our True Self - - 23,24

We are all a spirit being in a fleshly housing. That's how we are like God,

in His image.

B. Respond to truth - 23, 24

There is such a thing as absolute truth. Jesus is the embodiment of truth.

C. Receive The Christ - 25,26

He claimed to be the Deliverer sent from God to save mankind.

II. Turn On To God - John 4:27-38

1. Testimony -28-30

A. Trusting the evidence of God.

These things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ the

Son of God and that believing you might have life in His name. John 20:30,31

Discovery of real life. " He that has the Son has life, he that has not the

Son of God has not life. " 1 John 5:12

B. Telling the good news is a natural thing to do if its good news. isn't

it?

The new life and insights learned from Jesus cannot be contained. They spill

over in our lives in communication to others

C. Taking - His call becomes our call ( finding the will of God and

finishing His work )

God's purpose for us is that we might be conformed to the image of His Son

in character and in His quest for the lost.

2. Trust- 31-33

A. Food For Thought - 31-33

" man does not live by bread alone "

" I have food to eat that you do not know about. "

3. Task -34,35

A. Field of Purpose - 34

a. Doing the will of God - 34a

b. Accomplishing the work of God - 34b

B. Focus on the Opportunities 35

a. Natural harvests are obvious 35a

b. People harvests are before us always - 35b

3. Teamwork - 36-38

A. Twofold Task - 36,37

Sowing

Reaping

B. Task Oriented - 38

Not who gets the credit

Finish the task

The Holy Spirit has always been there before you.

4. Truth - 39-42

A. Testimony gets our attention - 39,40

B. Truth of the Word accepted brings salvation - 41,42

 

 

Conclusion:

Proverbs of our times:

" I make no apologies, I just tell it like it is ! "

" If you don't like it you can lump it !

I've got some good news and some bad news for you !

Your a sinner destined for separation from your Maker and not in the best of

circumstances, I might add .....

" All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. " Romans 3:23

" the wages of sin is death ... " Romans 6:23

.... breaking into a place not made for people in the first place.

"Depart from me you accursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil

and his angels." Matthew 25:41.

Now, do you want to hear the good news?

" For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son... John 3:16

People can be saved but there is only one hope.

If they believe that Jesus is God's own Son and the promised Messiah

saviour, deliverer) for He took our place in death and paid the wages of

sin ( became sin for us.)

If they repent (change their mind about sin, be sorry that they have

offended God, have turned from their wicked ways, have decided on a

lifestyle change.) of their sins.

If they will profess ( pledge their allegiance to, bow their spirits to,

confess Him as their Saviour, make becoming like Him their life work ) their

faith in Him.

if they will submit to Him in baptism ( visibly burying their old manner of

life, identifying with His death,

crucifixion of the body of death, and rising in the new life to live for

God.)

Do you see what I am saying ?

Do you believe what I am saying?

" Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. " Do you

believe it?

"How then will they call upon Him whom they have not believed? And how shall

they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear

without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? "

Your job is not to get people to the assembly so that people can hear the

preacher!

Oh, oh, now he's gone meddling!

Your job is to share Him with others so they might hear and believe and

believing have life in His name.

Your baptismal certificate is your ordination certificate. You became a

priest of God when you submitted your life to Him.

" I beseech ye therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present

your bodies as a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable to God, which is your

spiritual service of worship ( your priestly function) " Romans 12:1

The marching orders of the church given by our Supreme Commander, Jesus, was

not come and sit ... it was as you are going, make disciples ..... Matthew

28:18-20

Do you hear what He is saying?

Navy lecture in boot camp before shore leave in foreign countries. The Gist:

You are a representative of the United States in all that you say and do

while you are ashore. Act accordingly.

Do you hear what I am saying?

Each Christian is an ambassador of God while here in earthly kingdom. Our

citizenship is in heaven. You are God's representative ( His hope of Glory -

Colossians 1:27) in all that you do and all that you say while on shore

leave.

Understand? Okay, let's hit the beach!

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