One day at lunch Jon asked Ivan about his religious background. It was a lot easier than he thought! Ivan told Jon his mother took him to church once in a while as he was growing up. But that was about it. Yet Ivan seemed interested in spiritual things and asked Jon questions about what he believes. Jon thinks it would be a good idea to talk to Ivan about what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. But he wonders how to do that. What would you tell him?
1. Read John 4:13-14. What good news does Jesus give the woman? Why do you think Jesus brought up this good news to the woman instead of just having a “nice” conversation with her?
2. Jesus is saying that the woman is looking for something to satisfy her (physical water) that never will. What are things that people today look to to satisfy them?
3. Read verses 16-18. How does the woman respond to this good news, and what happens next? What does this show about what kind of “water” she’s hoping to satisfy her?
4. What do you think Jesus is trying to accomplish by asking the woman to get her husband?
5. Read verses 19-20. In what way is the woman’s response a smokescreen? What are some modern-day smokescreens people bring up?
6. Read verses 21-26. How does Jesus refocus the conversation on himself in these verses? How can we do the same in our conversations?
8. What is the gospel, and why is it important to bring it up with someone as soon as possible?
9. Who in your life would benefit from you bringing up the gospel with them?
10. What are some questions you could ask to move from a general discussion about spiritual matters to a specific discussion about the gospel?
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11. When do you think God wants you to discuss the gospel with the person you identified in Question 9?
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