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Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

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Jesus And The Samaritan Woman - John 4

Jesus offers something better than physical water; He gives us himself. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to everyone who comes to him by faith. We can worship him as lord and savior wherever we are.

Key Passage

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”- John 3:16

  • For God (Put one hand up with palm up)
  • Loved the world in this Way (Cross both hands over chest with fists closed)
  • He gave his one and only son (Put one hand up and touch palm with one hand then bring to side)
  • So that everyone (Swoop both hands out with palms up)
  • Who believes In Him (Cross hands over chest)
  • Will not perish (Make a “no” sign in front of waist)
  • But have eternal life (Point with palm up with one hand)

Songs

For God Loved The World

Choose one or more of the songs below:

Bible Story Video

Jesus And The Samaritan Woman

Bible Story Summary

  • Jesus asked a Samaritan woman at a well to give him a drink.
  • Jesus told the woman that he was the Messiah.
  • The woman told other people about Jesus and they believed.
  • Jesus loves all people.

Family Discussion Starters

  • Why was the Samaritan woman surprised Jesus talked to her?
  • What is the living water Jesus told the woman He could give her?
  • What happened when the woman told the people in her town about Jesus?


Other Resources

For Preschool Kids

  • Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF

  • Activity: Build a Well
    • Punch holes near the rim of a cup and thread a long string through. Explain that a well is a hole in the ground often surrounded by rocks or bricks. In Bible times, people got water from a well by using a bucket. Invite your kids to build a well with blocks and practice lowering and retrieving the cup from the well.

    • Say: Before we had pipes and faucets, people got their water from a well with a bucket. Usually, women did this hard job. One time, Jesus stopped at a well, but He didn’t have a bucket to get water. He was waiting to talk to a certain woman there. We will find out more in our Bible story today!

For Elementary Kids

  • Personal Bible Study (3rd-5th Grade Class Handout) - Download PDF

  • New City Catechism - Question 32
    • What do justification and sanctification mean?

    • Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.

  • Discussion & Bible Skills
    • Help kids find John 4. Briefly review how to use the table of contents to find books of the Bible, and remind kids that the large numbers mark the different chapters, while the small numbers separate each chapter into different verses.

    • Ask the following questions:

      • What did Jesus ask for when he first saw the Samaritan woman? (a drink of water, John 4:7)

      • What did Jesus say would happen to a person who drinks the living water? (He will never thirst again. It will become a well in him. He will have eternal life; John 4:14)

      • Where did Jesus say people will worship God? (anywhere, in spirit and truth; John 4:23-24)

      • What is the living water Jesus spoke about? Guide kids to see that the living water is a picture of what the Holy Spirit is like. When we believe the gospel, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to live within us. He helps us to love and obey God and fills our lives with joy and love so that we can “overflow” joy and love onto other people.

      • What does it mean to worship God in spirit and in truth? Discuss how everyone worships something, but only believers worship the one true God. Point out that worshiping in spirit means that our very core, including our emotions, is involved in worshiping God. Explain that worshiping in truth means we worship the true God when we understand the wonderful truth of what he has done for us.

      • How can we receive “living water”? Remind the kids that the Bible teaches everyone who believes the gospel will be saved. Help them understand that when we believe the gospel, we repent of sin and love God. God forgives our sin, gives us new hearts, and sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and help us obey God out of love.

      • Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe. Anyone can be a believer because Jesus loves all people. The gift of salvation is freely offered to us.