5. A Lonely Outsider

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Reach Out

Do any of your classmates have big, spiritual questions? Are any of them interested in Jesus? The answer is almost certainly yes, though perhaps you don't know which ones.

Why not be the sort of person who attracts such people by asking those questions and speaking about Jesus yourself?

And as you find such people, why not invite them to find out more? Explore Groups are a great way to ask the big questions (by looking into Jesus); Trios and Grow Groups are a great way to look into Jesus (by asking big questions!). For more see: credo.org.au/explore and credo.org.au/trios

Spend some time praying for people known to you who have spiritual questions; and pray for each other - that God would use you, and the wider Credo community, to help people explore the truth about Jesus.

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John 4:1-26 (NIV)

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 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 noon.

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 to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?"

13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."

16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."

17 "I have no husband," she replied.

Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."

21 "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."

25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

26 Then Jesus declared, "I, the one speaking to you—I am he."


What might the Samaritan woman have been feeling in this unexpected encounter with Jesus? Why?


How does Jesus describe the 'living water' he offers? What do you think this 'living water' is?


Why does Jesus ask the woman to go and get her husband? What does this show about the woman? What does it show about Jesus?


What does Jesus mean when he said to worship God in 'the Spirit' and in 'truth'?


What is the connection between knowing Jesus, finding satisfaction, and true worship of God?

Look Up

  • Thank God for the gracious, satisfying, and life-saving gift he offers.
  • Ask God to help us in our thirst for the many things this world seems to offer, to turn to Jesus instead and be satisfied and quenched of our thirst.