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Friday, May 31, 2013

Default Setting (Message preview)

Our Default Setting: Sin=Self-Centered Living

John 4:1-30
Caring For Young People in a Technology Obsessed World, Part 3
June 2, 2013, Bethany Place Baptist Church

How do we apply the gospel to what drives us toward abusive uses of technology?

1.    See from God’s perspective (because God’s will is what you would ask for if you knew what God knows)

John 4:1–10 (ESV) Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

2.    Learn that Jesus seeks unlikely followers (without condoning sin)

John 4:11–24 (ESV) 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

3.    Point to Jesus out of your own real encounter with him

John 4:25–30 (ESV) 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.

Questions for Discussion: (We will discuss these Wednesday evening at Bethany Place at 6:30 PM in a sermon based study group)
How do you see Romans 1:16 addressing negative outcomes from the abuse of technology in our society?
What evidence do you see in your own life of the negative effects from technology?
What positive benefits do you see from the use of technology in prompting spiritual growth?
What are the implications of the phrase “living water” for addressing what drives us toward abusing technology?
What cultural, religious and moral barriers does Jesus break through in conversing with the Samaritan woman? What does this imply about our engaging persons with different values and lifestyles?
Why do you think Jesus exposes this woman’s sin?
Whom have we decided that God has no interest in by our neglect of trying to reach them?
How do you think that Jesus’ lack of racial or religious prejudice will help in speaking to young people about matters of faith?

Who in your life would benefit from thinking through this incident in Jesus’ life with you? What can you do to prepare to be ready to do that?


  1. How do we encounter or experience God so deeply that it changes us in that we sincerely desire, seek and love Him more than anything else?

  2. I'd like a foolproof answer to that question myself but I suspect we already know, but we get fickle and decide we want something else more than we want God. I believe this kind of desire froms comes from from eliminating hurry along with the consistent pursuit of God in worship. Probably no one ever stood before the Grand Canyon and said, "it's just a big hole." We have to slow down and look at God's word so the vision of God becomes clear and we are thus overwhelmed by his glory.