Series: God's Perfect Gifts (2 of 2) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 4 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: The Living Water
Series: God's Perfect Gifts
Stuart Briscoe
John 4:1-26

Jesus talked to Nicodemus, an orthodox Jewish teacher, and to a Samaritan woman-two people who would never tolerate each other. But He loved both of them. His concern for the eternal well-being of all people transcends all other considerations.

I. The Contact.

A. Jesus "left" = "abandoned" Judea.
1. Controversy over baptism (3:25)-He did not want to be sidetracked?

2. Concerns of the Pharisees-His "time" had not yet arrived.

B. Jesus "had to" go through Samaria-why the necessity?
1. Orthodox Jews usually avoided the area and took the long route.

2. The inner compulsion of Jesus-"must, had to." 9:4; 10:16; 12:34; 20:9

3. The meeting with the Samaritan woman-a divine appointment?

C. Jesus was tired; she was thirsty-time, place, circumstances converge.

II. The Conversation.

A. A surprising initiative-"give me a drink"; a surprised reply-"you ask me?"
1. Cultural conventions.


Part 4: The Bread of Life
Series: God's Perfect Gifts
Stuart Briscoe
John 6:25-59

John's gospel was written so that the readers "may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing (they) may have life through His name." What this believing entails and what this life involves are the subjects of our inquiry.

I. Jesus Identifies the People's Orientation. vv. 25-27

A. Their interests primarily materialistic-"you ate the loaves and had your fill."
1. They were poor.

2. Life was precarious.

3. Food was precious.

B. Contemporary interests powerfully hedonistic-"the good life."
1. Avoiding pain; embracing pleasure.

2. Amassing the means to do both.

C. Both approaches are fundamentally secularistic-"food that spoils."
1. Secularism sees this life as primary; a future life as secondary.

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