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Small Group Study:

John 4:7-9, 27 "[7] A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” [8] (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) [9] 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.) … … [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?”"

A strong racial, social, and political divide existed between Jews and Samaritans in the context of first century Palestine. Furthermore, typical religious men would not speak with foreign, immoral women. Radically, Jesus looked past such cultural biases and showed respect and love to this Samaritan woman. As followers of Jesus we too must love everyone regardless of social, racial, cultural, political, or societal differences.

What type of people do you generally invite to church or try to share Christ with?

What demographics were not mentioned?

What type of person would be it be radical if you reached out to, like a Jew respecting and loving a Samaritan?

John 4:35 & 39 "[35] Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. … [39] Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.””

Jesus’ disciples did not understand why Jesus was talking to a Samaritan woman. But his radical act of love resulted in a great number of Samaritans believing in him.

John 4:42 “[42] They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.””

Jesus is the Savior of not just one race or one social class. Jesus is the Savior of all peoples, of all different classes and societies. From the promise to Abraham and even before, it has always been God’s plan to unite people from every nation, people group, social class, and demographic into one family of God through a common faith in Jesus.

Galatians 3:28-29 “[28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.”

What racial, social, societal, cultural, or political reconciliation do you need in your personal life and way of thinking?

How do you see the spread of the gospel leading to reconciliation and peace in the world?

A glimpse into heaven also shows us an international community of every kind of person in the world worshiping God!

Revelation 7:9-10 "[9] After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, [10] and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”"

What needs to change in our city of Osaka for it to look more like heaven?

How can our church community be a small preview of heaven right now?