Pastor Troy VanHorn
BEYOND THE NORM
HEAD: What did I learn?
(How did my understanding of God change, what thought, fact, or insight did I discover?)
HEART: What did I feel?
(Does it match up with what God has said about me in His Word? Does it move me closer to Him or separate us?)
HANDS: What will I do about it?
(Is there a sin to repent of and confess, is there an attitude to change, a behavior to stop or start?)
Small talk is easy for some people. Others, not so much. What is your ‘go-to’ small talk subject? Weather? Sports? Kids/grandkids? What subjects are ‘off limits’ for small talk? Why do people avoid talking about these things?
Jesus was resting alone by the well when the Samaritan woman came up. She was surprised that he would speak to her. This was because of the deep divide in their culture, religions, ethnicity, and gender. Who in our world today would be surprised that you would speak to them? Who do you avoid talking to?
The mixing of Jewish history and the conversation with the Samaritan woman is significant. It shows how God’s love was in place long before his revelation of it! Even though Jesus is a Jew, contact with Samaritans, their unclean food, and even a conversation with a woman of questionable morals did not interfere with the mission of Jesus. What has been considered ‘defiled’ according to the Law is declared clean when Jesus touches it. This has allowed the Jews, the Samaritans, and even us Gentiles into the Kingdom. Has Jesus grace affected how you respond to those you may ‘look down on?’ How should it? Has it affected how you look at those you may think are ‘better’ than you?
How does the connection between John’s 2-4 mirroring of Acts 1:8 affect your understanding of mission? Jesus demonstrated this before He commanded it! Does Acts 1:8 apply to us today? If so, how could (will) you live it out?
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Regarding contextualization-(adapting the Gospel message for greater understanding…)