Sermon Application Questions
4/24/2016
Preaching: Jeff Dryden
Food and Water Like You Never Knew
John 4:1-42

Pray for grace through application of God’s word

Review the message notes

1. Read the passage
2. Jeff said we don’t believe God can satisfy us. Can you describe a time that you sought satisfaction in something or someone other than God.
3. How does the passage demonstrate this reality?
4. How does God satisfy us? Do any verses come to mind that help illustrate that?
5. What does it look like to have Jesus be your living water this week?
6. Jeff read this quote by David Powlison. How do you respond to that?

“People are always doing something with God. Human beings inescapably love God—or love something else. We take refuge in God—or in something else. We set our hopes in God—or in something else. We fear God—or something else.

Consider when you become anxious, preoccupied,and filled with fretful concern. Something happened –you can’t get it off your mind. Something is happening now—you’re consumed with it. Something will happen tomorrow—your mind turns it over and over, chewing on every possible contingency. As the sin of worry tightens its unpleasant hold on your soul, perhaps you jump for some escapist quick fix: raid the icebox, watch TV, masturbate, read a novel, go shopping, drink a beer, play a game. Or perhaps you mobilize to seize control: make a string of phone calls, work all night, build a faction of supporters, clean your house, get mad. Why is all this going on? As a Christian you profess that God controls all things, and works everything to His glory and your ultimate well-being. You profess that God is your rock and refuge, a very present help in whatever troubles you face. You profess to worship Him, trust Him, love Him, obey Him. But in that moment—hour, day, season —of anxiety, escape, or drivenness, you live as if you needed to control all things. You live as if money, or someone’s approval, or a “successful” sermon, or your grade on an exam, or good health, or avoiding conflict, or getting your way, or…matters more than trusting and loving God. You live as if some temporary good feeling could provide you refuge, as if your actions could make the world right. Your functional god competes with your professed God. Unbelievers are wholly owned by ungodly motives. True believers are often severely compromised, distracted, and divided”

Next Week: Read John 17