This past Sunday we started our new sermon series to help us engage the season of Lent, “Meditations on the Life of Jesus” from the Gospel of John. Lent is a season where we symbolically enter the wilderness with Jesus. In many ways, life in this present age is like a wilderness journey. There is much sin, pain, suffering, hungering and thirsting for something of substance. In the wilderness we are asked to walk by faith, God’s presence and power are not always obvious to us and in fact, God often seems hidden. To survive in the wilderness we must set our minds and hearts on Christ. This happens as we allow the scriptures to form our imagination, by which the Holy Spirit shines upon our hearts with the presence of Christ. We enter John’s Gospel from the wilderness journey and our longing is to look upon Christ-life through the many images John gives us to consider. This week we saw that Jesus is the giver of “the Living Water.”
Here is a link to this weeks sermon if you missed it - LINK
SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK:
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 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.” - John 4:13-14 (ESV)
MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- Read John 4:1-26. Slow down and imagine the scene. What sticks out to you about this passage? What questions come up?
- What do we learn about God from Jesus’ interaction with this woman at the well?
- Have you experienced the “living water” that Jesus offers to pour out to those who believe? What areas of pain right now do you need to encounter the compassion of God in Christ?
- Who are the people who you are tempted to label and condemn? How does the compassionate love of Christ lead us to approach people in a new way?
Remember to download or pick up a copy of the Lent prayer guide. This is a daily guide that leads you to read, pray, and reflect on Christ in the scriptures and God’s presence at work in your life.