by Dave Gustavsen

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The Sexual Captive (3 of 3)
Series: Come and See
Dave Gustavsen
John 4:1-42

Okay-we're doing this 3-part series called ''Come and See,'' because that little three-word phrase tells us a lot about Jesus. It shows up three times in the first four chapters of John's Gospel-and each time, it's a different kind of person who first hears that invitation and then becomes a giver of that invitation. So we're looking at those three kinds of people.

So the first week we looked at the Religiously Disillusioned-people who grew up in the hierarchy and the tradition and the guilt of religion, but it left them cold. And we saw that for people like that, Jesus actually respects their process instead of forcing himself on them, and then he winds up changing them more deeply than religion ever could.

Then the next week we looked at the Spiritually Skeptical-people who have major intellectual barriers that keep them from believing. And we saw that when we're doubting, Jesus invites us to experience him-to see how he lives and how treats people and even how he engages those issues that we have questions about. And sometimes we get our questions answered, but even when we don't, sometimes encountering Jesus sort of overshadows the questions. And so we can live with those unanswered questions because we've come to trust him so much.

So today we're going to look at the third kind of person that becomes a receiver and a giver of the ''come and see'' invitation. And I'm calling this the ''Sexual Captive.''

So let's dive right in-John chapter four, starting in verse 5: 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ''Will you give me a drink?'' 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said ...

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