Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Jesus -- Messiah, Feminist, Friend of Outsiders, Savior of the World (Pondering John 4)

Today is International Women's Day, and I thought it appropriate to share my sermon from February 28.

In this message, we read through the story of Jesus encountering the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well in Samaria (John 4) and then consider some of the cultural background along with some implications for us as Jesus followers in 2016. 

We conclude with these six attention-grabbing observations from the passage: 

1. Jesus embraced risk and leaned into conflict.

2. Jesus bucked cultural norms to dignify women.

3. Jesus went out of his way to love the outsider / the OTHER (in this case a woman adhering to the rival monotheistic religion).

4. Jesus seems far less concerned with the outer label (Samaritan, Jew) and far more concerned with the heart. 

5. Jesus’ message was not "my religion can beat up your religion." Jesus' message was Jesus. He is the Messiah King who came to rescue mankind in a way that religion never could.

6. Jesus is for everyone — “Savior of the world.”

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