When All Hope Is Gone

Key Passage: John 4:1-42 Introduction In Touch Ministries

Hope is a word of optimism and expectation that looks forward to a promising future, yet multitudes of people have lost their hope. Some feel hopeless about specific areas such as their marriage, children, health, finances, or job. But for others, this emotion permeates their entire lives. They exist but have no hopes, dreams, or goals. This is not the way God intends for us to live. He created us to live with purpose, working toward goals with a sense of anticipation for things to come. The story of Jesus and a Samaritan woman, found in John 4:1-42, is one that gives hope to those who have lost it. Sermon Points

Various life circumstances cause people to experience hopelessness.

This was the case for the Samaritan woman.

  • First of all, she made wrong choices.
  • Second, she repeatedly failed.
  • Third, she may have felt trapped.
  • Finally, she was isolated from her community.

A personal encounter with Jesus Christ radically changes people’s lives.

  • Jesus broke all the established social barriers by starting a conversation with the Samaritan woman.
  • The woman was immediately interested in the living water He offered.
  • When Jesus asked about her husband, she perceived His prophetic insight.
  • After Jesus claimed He was the Messiah, she immediately believed.
  • This once discouraged and ostracized woman became the city evangelist for Christ.

Summary

The Samaritan woman began that day as a rejected and hopeless woman but found her hope restored in Jesus because He accepted her and loved her unconditionally. As believers, we are called to pass the living water on to thirsty people who don’t know where to find it and to lead them into a relationship with Him, just as Jesus did for the Samaritan woman.

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