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That My Solution Is Beholding Me (6 of 11)
Series: I Can See Clearly Now
John 4: 1-42
Intro: As it is with many passages in the Bible, there is more than one way or subject to approach it on. This passage has been used multiply times to emphasize worship, and rightfully so. It has also been used many times to expound on soul winning and again, this truth is definitely stated in these verses. However, in this study, I feel that the emphasis should primarily be on the Samaritan woman, who was an outcast in all circles. Today, we are experiencing a legalistic upheaval in many churches, by reason of those who feel that their job and commission is to set the standards for the rest of us. In doing so, many have become outcasts in our day as well. We need to note here, that Jesus' ministry was to the outcasts of his day, and we would do well to heed the same principle for our day. There are those in the church ranks, who are death on deacons and preachers being the husband of one wife, but totally ignore the sin of pride and adultery, of which many of the self righteous are guilty. We are setting a double standard, and the world is watching with keen eyes. Many churches today have a set of standards that are so strict in some categories, that a poor soul has to squeak when they walk, but when one of the so called "elite" falls into adultery, they seem to want to sweep that sin under the rug. This is called damage control, and is usually conducted in order to keep a certain large family or inner financial circle from leaving the church. It goes without saying, that God is not pleased with this kind of sickening politics. So goes this story of a woman who not doubt had been ostracized and banished from any contact with the self righteous people of the city. The bottom line question is, "How can we ever expect a person of this situation to get right with God, if we will not even speak to them or witness to them? Or is it that the elite o ...
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