Stepping Stones Sunday Lesson (5/31/20)

*This plan is taken from “The Gospel Project for Kids” curriculum Unit 21: Session 3–Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman


Bible passage:​ John 4:1-42
Main point:​ Jesus told the Samaritan woman He is the Messiah.
Key passage​ (Memory passage for the unit): ​John 14:6 ​“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Big picture question:​ ​Who did Jesus say He is?​ Jesus said He is the Messiah.

Session starter activity: Would you rather drink…?

Give the kids a series of scenarios and ask them what they would rather drink in each one. Then give them different options and ask them to run to one side of the room or the other depending on their preference. For example, on a hot day, would they rather drink sweet iced tea or warm green tea? On a cold day, would they rather drink hot cocoa or spiced apple cider?

Say:​ We drink a lot of different things in many situations, but at the end of the day, we drink things to satisfy our thirst! If you could drink something that would keep you from ever getting thirsty again, would you? Do you think there is any such drink? We will learn more about it in our story today .

Big picture question and Bible Timeline:

We have been focussing on one big picture question. Does anyone remember what it is? (Allow kids to respond.) Our question is, ​Who did Jesus say He is?​ I’ll say the answer, and then you say it with me: ​Jesus said He is the Messiah. ​(Lead kids to repeat the big picture question.)

Two weeks ago we learned that Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again. Last week we learned that Jesus came from heaven to earth. In both of those stories, we saw that the way Jesus interacted with people and the things Jesus said about Himself revealed that He is the Messiah. This week

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we will hear a story about Jesus and a woman who was kind of an outsider. She was a Samaritan, which means that she was from Samaria and part of a people group that most Jews really disliked. We will see how Jesus treated her and learn what Jesus said. The story is called, “Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman.”

Tell the Bible Story:​ ​Read John 4:1-42. **Try to have the kids find the passage on their own. If they have trouble, remind them that John is the last of the four Gospels.

Say: Oh my goodness! Remember that Samaritans were people the Jews did not like. When the Jews were in exile, some of God’s people stayed in the land and married people who did not worship God. This was against God’s law, so the Jews thought they were better than the Samaritans. But Jesus did not treat this woman that way. He loved her and treated her with kindness. He began to tell her about living water.

At first, the Samaritan woman thought Jesus was talking about physical water that would keep her from getting thirsty again. Though that would be a helpful trick for water, Jesus was talking about something much better than water. Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit.

As Jesus and the woman talked, she could tell He was no ordinary man. He knew things about her that no one else did. At first, she thought He was a prophet. Jesus is more than a prophet. Jesus told the Samaritan woman He is the Messiah. She was amazed and rushed to get her neighbors and bring them to meet Jesus!

The woman at the well was a sinner and a Samaritan, but Jesus still offered her the Holy Spirit if she believed in Him. The Holy Spirit fills us when we have faith in Jesus. He is like water that springs up and overflows. He gives life and power to Christians and satisfies our desire to be near God.

Christ Connection:

We are all born in sin. We are dead and empty inside. Thankfully, Jesus offers us the Holy Spirit – the living water – just as He offered Him to the Samaritan woman. ​Jesus said He is the Messiah.​ Jesus came to earth to live a sinless life. He died the death we deserve, taking our sin on Himself. On the third day, God showed everyone His mighty power and raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus’ sacrifice was enough! Sin had been defeated and death lost its power over people who trust in Jesus. When Jesus went

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back to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to be our Helper. The Holy Spirit is given to us when we trust in Jesus. He helps us love and obey God. He gives us power to overcome evil and glorify God. In that way, the Holy Spirit’s power flows out of us to affect the people around us.

Bible Review Questions:

  1. What section of the Bible tells us about Jesus’ ministry on earth? (the Gospels)

  2. Where did Jesus stop during His journey to Galilee? (at a well in Samaria, John 4:3-6)

  3. Whom did Jesus meet at the well? (a Samaritan woman, John 4:7)

  4. What did Jesus say to the woman? (“Give me a drink”, John 4:7)

  5. Why was the woman surprised that Jesus was talking to her? (Jesus

    was a Jew, and she was a Samaritan; John 4:9)

  6. What kind of water did Jesus say He could give the woman? (living

    water, John 4:10)

  7. Whom did Jesus tell the woman to bring to the well? (her husband,

    John 4:16)

  8. Who did the woman know was coming? (the Messiah, John 4:25)

9. Who did Jesus say that He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah. 10.What did the Samaritans say they knew about Jesus? (He really is the

Savior of the world, John 4:42)

Say: ​Great job, everyone. ​Jesus told the Samaritan woman He is the Messiah. ​People had waited so long for God to send the Messiah! The woman went back to her town and told the people what happened. They spent time with Jesus and believed for themselves that He is the Savior of the world.

Key verse review:

John 14:6 ​“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Write each word or phrase of the key passage on a separate index card. Make two sets. Lay out the index cards to form a grid. Challenge the kids to take turns looking for matching index cards. Once all matches have been found, arrange the cards in order and read the key passage together. for an added challenge, kids must find the matching pairs in the order they will need to be arranged.

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Say: ​Our key passage is a very famous verse in the Bible. Jesus said these words during the last supper He ate with His disciples before going to die on the cross. Jesus told them this verse to help them remember that He is the only One who can give them life with God the Father. When He was arrested, the disciples felt afraid, discouraged, and confused. Jesus wanted them to remember that He is the Messiah even if they were afraid. The same is true for us today. Even when things seem to be going wrong, Jesus is still the Messiah and the only way to be with God.

Spend some time praying as a family.

Here’s a free coloring page the kids can print out if they would like: