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The Samarian Woman at the Well

To Remember: We must worship God in our hearts and according to the Bible

Vocabulary
  • worship: honor, reverence, praise, pray, serve
  • spirit: heart, mind, soul
Lesson - Read John 4:5-15, 19-25

Jesus was at a well in Samaria when a woman approached. She was Samaritan, and the Jews usually did not speak to Samaritans. So she was very surprised when He asked her to draw Him some water. Jesus answered that if she knew who He was, she would ask Him for living water. The woman was confused. Jesus didn't have a bucket, how would He draw water? She asked Him if He was greater than Jacob, who dug the well. (In actuality, He was, but she didn't know that yet.)

Jesus told the woman that her water would only quench her thirst for a while. He had water that would quench her thirst forever! The woman like that. She wouldn't have to carry water every day. She asked how she could get this water. Jesus told her to bring her husband to see Him. She replied that she had no husband. Jesus said, that's right. You've been married before, but you are not now.

When the woman realized that Jesus knew all about her life, she thought He was a prophet. She asked a common religious question about where to worship. Jesus said we must worship in spirit and in truth; that's more important than the physical place. We must worship in our heart and do what's right.

SING: If you're happy and you know it

True and False
  1. It was unusual for a Jew to talk to a Samarian.    T
  2. Jesus could have drawn the water himself.  F
  3. The woman wanted Jesus' living water.   T
  4. Jesus proved he was a prophet.     T
  5. Jesus said the woman had to worship in Dan.   F
Activities Review Questions for gameboard

 linguistic questions
  1. Define worship.
  2. What was the living water Jesus offered?
  3. Fill in the blank: Those who worship God worship him in _____ and in truth.
  activity questions
  1. Act out the initial meeting between Jesus and the woman.
  2. Draw a well.
  3. Sing Jesus loves the little children.
  emotion questions
  1. What was the woman's reactions to Jesus' statements about her life?
  2. How did Jesus feel about this woman?
  3. How should we feel when we are worshipping?
application questions
  1. How should we treat those who are sinning?
  2. How should we worship God?
  3. How do we learn what is truthful worship?
fact questions
  1. What Bible book includes this lesson?
  2. Where did Jesus say worship really takes place?
  3. Where was the woman from?
review questions

  1. Did Jesus look down on this sinning Samaritan?
  2. Why did Jesus answer her questions?
  3. Do we have to worship in a physical place today?
 

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