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Wells of Living Water

on May 2, 2013

WEEK 2Wells of Living Water  –  Spiritual Satisfaction

Memory Verse: John 7:37

Bible Truth: Jesus is living water.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – Water Satisfies

Nothing tastes as good as a big drink of cold water when a person is thirsty. The water will only satisfy you for a while. Soon you will need another drink of water. The Bible tells us that Jesus can give us a drink of water that will last forever. Not water that comes out of a faucet or a bottle, but a special kind of water.  Jesus can give us the water of everlasting life. The life that Jesus offers constantly satisfies. We can have this “living water” by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

John 7:37  NKJV        “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”

5. Jesus Declares That He Will Give Living Water

John 7:37  NKJV       “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”

       Shemini Atzert, is the eighth day that was added to the Feast of Tabernacles during the time of Ezar. This day became known as “The Great Day of the Feast.” On this day the High Priest would pour water from the pool of Siloam into a basin at the foot of the alter. The water was a symbol of God’s Spirit. During the temple times the custom was to draw from the Siloam springs a “libation” to accompany the offerings. This was done with great rejoicing and expressions of thanksgiving.

It was on the eighth day that Jesus told the people if they were thirsty to come to Him and drink. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring, that He was the source of living water.

 

John 7:37-38  NKJV      “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

       Jesus told the people that were gathered, as the High Priest poured water from the pool of Siloam into the basin, that if they believed in Him, rivers of living water would flow out of them. By this Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. The water the High Priest would pour out was just a symbol of God’s Spirit but Jesus offered them the real thing, the Holy Spirit (rivers of living water).

In the natural realm when a person is thirsty they have a desire or need for a drink. They have a strong desire to quench their thirst. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually thirsty we have a need for living water. Jesus invites every person that is thirsty to go to Him, the only One that can truly satisfy their thirst.

 

6. Game – Pass The Water Bottle Memory Verse Relay

Need:  2 bottles of water

Write the memory verse on two bottles of water.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a bottle of water to the first person on each team. They are to pass the water to the person behind them and so on. When the water gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

7. The Woman At The Well

Jesus and His disciples visited a city in Samaria. Jesus was a Jew and usually Jews and Samaritans did not like each other. Many Jews would travel far out of their way to avoid going through Samaria. But Jesus loved the Samaritans, so He took His disciples to visit them. Just outside the city, Jesus sat down to rest near a well while His disciples went into the town to get something to eat. While resting, Jesus met a woman who needed “living water.” This woman, a Samaritan woman, came to the well and Jesus asked her to give Him a drink. The woman was surprised that Jesus had spoken to her. The customs of the area prohibited public conversations between men and women who were strangers. The woman asked Him why He asked her, a Samaritan to give Him a drink. Jesus responded to her question by telling her that if she knew who He was she would have asked Him for a drink. Jesus continued to talk to the woman about living water.

After a period of time the woman asked Jesus to give her the water that He was talking about. At this point Jesus began to tell her about her life. Jesus challenged the woman to consider her own sinful condition by telling her to bring her husband to Him. Before the woman could believe in Jesus as the One who could give her living water she had to recognize that she was a sinner. Thinking that Jesus was just a prophet she began to discuss worship to God with Him.

As Jesus talked to her about God the woman realized who Jesus really was and she believed Him. She ran back to the city and began to tell everyone about Jesus. She asked them to come with her and she would show them the “man who knew everything I did.” Because the woman told people about Jesus, many of the people of the city went out to meet Jesus for themselves. When the people had listened to Jesus, they also believed Jesus as the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

 

8. Game – Fill The Cup Relay

Need: 2 spoons, 2  containers of water, 2 very small cups and towels for clean-up

Divide the children into two teams and have them line up in two line. Give each team a spoon and a container of water. The first person on each team is to fill their spoon with water and carefully carry it to their cup and pour the water in it. They will then run back to their team, and the next person will do the same. They will continue until their cup is full. The first team to fill their cup is the winner.

 

9. Jesus Gives Living Water

When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of satisfaction to us.

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV       “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

       Everyone has sinned and is separated from God because of it. This separation causes us to have a “spiritual thirst” that only God can satisfy. We cannot change ourselves or satisfy our own thirst. We must be willing to admit that we are a sinner and that we need Jesus to give us “living water” (eternal life). Just like the Samaritan woman had to admit her sin in order to receive “living water”, so must we.

 

Romans 6:23  NKJV       “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

John 3:16  NKJV       “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

10. Game – Cup Stacking

Need: 20 plastic or paper cups and a table (could use the floor).

The cups should be stacked like this:

X

XX

XXX

XXXX

     Divide the class into two equal teams. A short distance away from the teams set the cups (divided into two equal sets) on a table. Tell the teams which cups belong to their team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the cups and stack them, then take them down again. When finished they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

 

14. Challenge and Altar

Jesus challenged the woman at the well to consider her spiritual condition. The first step we must take in order to receive the living water that Jesus offers is to see our sin the way God does. Each one of us must examine our own life.

We must see our sin as God see it (admit that you have sinned.)

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”     Romans 3:23

      We must believe in Jesus.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”     Acts 16:31

We must confess your sins to God, then forsake (leave) your sins

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”     1 John 1:9

     After the woman received the living water that Jesus offered her, she was so full of joy and thankfulness that she told many others about her experience. If you have received the living water that Jesus offers, you too should tell others. If you find that witnessing to others is hard, ask God for help.

 

15. Refreshments or a light meal

 

16. Crafts

 

17. Dismissal

 

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