Bridges To Service (1 Of 4) by Steve Jones

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Bridges to Service (1 of 4)
Series: Jesus and the Woman at the Well
Steve Jones
John 4:1-9

INTRO: Top Ten things a preacher likes to hear.

1) Hey, it's my turn to sit in the front pew!
2) I was so enthralled, I never noticed the sermon went overtime by 20 minutes.
3) Personally, I find witnessing more enjoyable than golfing.
4) Preacher, I've decided to give our church the $500 a month I used to send to the TV and radio evangelists.
5) I volunteer to be the permanent Sunday School teacher for the Junior High class.
6) Forget about the cost - let's step out on faith and just do it.
7) I love it when we sing hymns and choruses we've never sung before!
8) Since we're all here, let's start the worship service early.
9) Preacher, we'd like to send you to that Bible seminar in the Bahamas.
10) Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like the annual business meeting.

Notice how many of those statements have to do with service and ministry. Not only are preachers pleased when the congregation exhibits a heart for service, but Jesus is pleased as well. Jesus told His disciples "I have left you an example that you might serve one another."

Jesus had a passion for drawing people into the service of God. Sometimes He had to help them overcome barriers in their lives before they were ready or able to serve. This is one of the lessons we draw from Jesus encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well.

Today we will see how Jesus bridges three barriers to service.

I. JESUS BUILT A BRIDGE OVER JEALOUSY

A. JESUS' SAFEGUARDS AGAINST JEALOUSY

1) Now we see Jesus sensitivity to jealousy in two ways.

a. First of all, Jesus guarded against potential jealousy by letting His disciples minister. Jesus did not personally baptize anyone, as John points out, only His disciples did. If Jesus had baptized some but not all, that would have provided fertile ground for the green-eyed monster of jealousy to raise it's u ...


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