John 4 : Overcoming Barriers To The Gospel

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Overcoming Barriers to the Gospel
There are many wonderful truths that can be learned from an examination of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman in John 4. Things that if applied can be very helpful in understanding how to reach every man, woman, and child for Christ. We learn from the text that Jesus went through Samaria on purpose, not by mere happenstance. The scripture says, “And he must needs go through Samaria.” This immediately poses the question to us, Why? Why did he need to go through Samaria? It’s important to note that this would be an uncommon route for many Jews, especially the Pharisees, when traveling from Judaea to Galilee, although it was the shortest. Many of the Jews would cross the Jordan and travel through Perea then go back across into Galilee. When they did this it would add two extra days of travel, but allow them to bypass Samaria altogether. This is similar to when we avoid certain areas while traveling across town because we consider them dangerous or undesirable. Jesus was on mission and that is what directed his path. His purpose according to Luke 19:10, He came “to seek and to save that which was lost.” He needed to go through Samaria because he was seeking the lost. He was missional, as we are to live always on mission. If the world is going to be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ, there are barriers in the hearts of believers and unbelievers alike that must be overcome.
The Father had been drawing a certain woman to him and

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