Good morning everyone! Welcome to Hope City Church… My name is Pastor Peter and I’m
so glad to see you all this morning. Today we are wrapping up our series called the Red
Together as a church we have been investigating the words of Jesus and paying attention to
the things that are important to Him! Specifically we’ve been talking about these five big
ideas, Being, Forgiving, Serving, Giving, Going and today we are going to talk about one of
the last things that Jesus said to His disciples and that is the big idea of going and telling! Or
walking and talking.
Talking isn’t particularly a big thing for me… I bet you would have been able to guess that,
seeing as how talking is a big part of what I do. The thing that I’m amazed about though, is
how many people say, I COULD NEVER DO THAT. I COULD NEVER DO WHAT YOU DO!
I just don’t know if I’d be able to talk like that for so long. I don’t know if I would have anything
to say. And then do you know what they do? They go on and talk my ear off about
And I do the same thing to people. I’ll be talking to Tiffany, and I’ can tell that there is a point
in time when I’ve definitely crossed over from being informative to being passionately
engaged in conversation. Her eyes started crossing a little…. And every now and then you
could see her jump a little, like she was struggling to stay awake. ;).
Seriously though… if you want to hear me talk for a long time… get me talking about
spearfishing. Let’s talk about being out on the water, under the water, chasing after the fish…
water clarity… eating fish, fileting fish… all of those great things… I could go on and on about
You do the same thing! You can sit and talk about your dog for hours to a perfect stranger
and you think that they’re the weird one for not being interested.
Or, you will be more than happy to talk about the eating habits of a 2 year old… Why?
Because you love them! You love how they don’t eat their blueberries unless they first pick
them up and smash them… You tell us about how much they can’t get enough of applesauce.
Or you will talk about your favorite restaurant. The other day I put this question up on FB-
Let’s settle it. Where is Sarasota’s best Mexican Food? You would think that I was giving
away Tacos. Like, everyone jumped on it… And they went to bat for their favorite place. And
then giving grief over how someone else could think that about another place… Let’s settle it
though… We’ve decided. It’s Wicked Cantina.
Why do we do this? We talk about what we love! And it’s not even hard for us! I dare
you… go out to the lobby after service today and ask Pastor Justin about the Enneagram.
Watch what happens you can say the first two syllables of the word ENNN—-NEA and he’s
already talking about his number and guessing what number you are. WHY? Because he
loves it and he knows a lot about it.
What is it that you love? What do you find yourself talking a lot about? What fills your time
and your conversations?
Throughout this series we’ve been talking about the things that filled Jesus’ conversations.
The things that Jesus spent a lot of time talking about. Because the things that we love are
the things that we talk about. And if it was important to Jesus, it should be important to us.
Jesus said in John 10:10,
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to
the full. 1
I hope that as you’ve been taking this Red Letter Challenge, that you’ve found this to be true.
It’s been my prayer for you that you would see that Jesus’ way of living is far more exciting,
and enjoyable than any other way of doing it!
Again we talked about how important Being with God is. We said that God doesn’t want your
Performance, He wants Your Presence.
We talked about how Forgiving Frees You.
We talked about how Serving, isn’t filling a spot, it fills your soul.
We talked about how giving Inspires you, Honors God, and changes the world.
And when you truly believe this. When this truth sinks in to your soul, it begins to change the
way that you see EVERYTHING! God wants your presence, he wants you to live free, he
wants to fill your soul, and he can use you to change the world. That sounds pretty good to
It’s no wonder that after Jesus revealed all of these things to his disciples, and those he
taught that he then had one last thing to say to his disciples. He said, it’s time to get going.
It’s time for a little Go and Tell.
Look at what Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely
I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 2
In other words, GO AND TELL. Go tell them about all of these things that I’ve showed you.
Why? Because it’s been Jesus’ plan from the beginning to do what? SET PEOPLE FREE,
and live life to the fullest!
We have called this the GREAT COMMISSION. Jesus commissioned His disciples, and
everyone of us in the room who call ourselves followers of Jesus to go and share this great
news. GO and TELL
Here’s the weird thing though. Sometimes, we find ourselves keeping a good thing to our
self. The other day I stopped into a local tackle shop and bumped into someone I know.
They saw I had some lures in my hand and asked what I was going fishing for. Then they
asked me where I was planning on fishing. I told him and he shook his head and said… oh
man, I’ve got a spot that is way better than that. I looked at him kind of like… YEAH? Are
you going to tell me? And there was nothing. He looked back down at my lures and then
looked back up at me and said, if I tell you, you have to promise to not tell another person.
You’ve got to keep it to yourself.
It was sort of perplexing to me. I mean I get it. But at the same time I don’t. When you know
of a good thing, why would you keep it to yourself? Being stingy, and keeping a good thing to
yourself may be okay when it comes to fishing, but not when it comes to faith.
The greatest thing you can do with your life is invest your life in someone else. We’ve
said here at Hope City that we want to engage the faith of every generation to instill faith
in the next generation. We want every generation to know Jesus and walk with Him. There
is nothing better than when the generation before you helps as a trusted guide in leading the
Jesus doesn’t leave us on our own though. He doesn’t just say, Good luck, and head off to
heaven. He has shown us by His example how we can actually GO and TELL.
In a world that is polarized and seems to have lost its way. A world where open dialogue and
disagreement seem to be out of style, it can be hard to have a conversation about your faith.
But don’t forget… we talk about what we love. We talk about the things that have changed
our lives. Let me show you how to talk about your faith in a way that isn’t weird but is fruitful.
In order to show you that, I’d love for you to turn in your Bible to John 4. That’s page _____ in
the Bible’s around you. Or you can follow along in the YouVersion Events tab on your smart
5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son
Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It
was about the sixth hour.
So what this means is that Jesus has been walking for a while, and it’s about the middle of
the day. It’s about 12 noon, the hottest part of the day. He’s wearing his Rainbow’s or Reefs,
or whatever flip flop … watch what happens next.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her,
What do you think Jesus says next? Remember, we’re talking about evangelism, about
Going and Telling… It’s Jesus after all. It’s going to be mind blowing. Look at what He says.
“Will you give me a drink?” 3
Notice Jesus doesn’t say, If you were to die tonight, where would you go? He doesn’t say,
why would my father let you into heaven. He says, man, I’ve been walking all day. My feet
are exhausted. Can you give me a drink?
Jesus gives us our first step to GO AND TELL… We need to 1. Ask Good Questions. Jesus
just started a conversation in a normal way. Do you have a drink? The first step in sharing
the good news of Jesus Is to ask normal questions.
Hey, how is your family? I haven’t seen Brenda in a while. How are things going with the new
Or maybe your friend’s phone keeps going off, you can ask, wow…. Work is crazy for you
these days huh?
You see, Jesus loved asking questions. Did you know? In the Gospels, Jesus was asked
183 questions—and only answered 3 of them directly? What’s more: Jesus asked his 307 of
his own questions back! IOW: He didn’t have Q&A sessions like we do today. No, Jesus
had Q&Q sessions… Questions & more Questions.
And we should too! Bc when we ASK GOOD QUESTIONS… relationships start to build
and conversations start to open up. Watch what happens in verse 9:
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask
me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Just like Gators and Seminole’s fans…
Jews were God’s “chosen people”—while Samaritans were considered “half-breeds.” So
there’s racial tension. But here’s Jesus— in the backyard, building a BRIDGE!
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would
have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
Do you see what’s happening here? Jesus started by asking a natural, simple question (Got
something to drink?) and it leads to a deeper discussion.
We’ve had this happen… you ask a simple question, I haven’t seen Brenda in a while….
How’s things going with the baby?
And you get an actual response. Actually, you know what, things aren’t going well. I think that
I’m going to loose my mind.
In this moment you have two options. You can pull the rip cord and deploy the parachute…
OH MAN… I’ve got to go. The wife is calling me… Or you can 2. Drill Down Deeper.
Really? What’s going on? “Honestly, the new baby’s changed… everything! We thought it
would make us closer… but we’ve never been farther apart. I can’t even look at her any
more. She’s all about the kid…and I’m all about work.”
You’ll be surprised: People are more ready to go there than you realize.
But the question is: Are you willing to drill down deeper to what’s going on in their heart?
Notice: With the Samaritan Woman, Jesus connects a PHYSICAL Need Thirst with a
SPIRITUAL Reality Living Water. And that connection between the Physical & Spiritual runs
just under the surface of our everyday conversations.
Think of it this way – a Surface Symptom often reveals a deeper pain. maybe an off-handed
comment… anxiety… snapping at the smallest thing…if you dig a little deeper…you often find
a Deeper Pain a marriage that’s struggling… kids flying off the handle… health concerns. 2.
Drill Down Deeper …and you’ll find yourself in some meaningful conversations that reveal
the heart of the matter. And THAT’S what Jesus was always after…THE HEART.
In fact, check out what happens when we skip down to verse 15:
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to
keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.
18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your
husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
Oh man! Seems like a Jesus Juke, right? Like OUCH! Jesus you went there? Yeah he
went there. See we live in a culture where there are just certain things that you don’t talk
about in polite company, Politics, Sex, and Religion. You just don’t go there.
But Jesus shows us that in order to GO and TELL the third step is you have to 3. GET REAL.
Get real and get to the heart! The 3 rd step of relational evangelism in your notes.
After breaking the ice with a good question… drilling down deeper, Jesus goes straight to the
heart of this woman.
He said, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five
husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.”
IOW: Jesus is saying to her: Is it possible… you have a HOLE in your BUCKET?
Q: Do you remember a tiny detail about this passage? Q: What time is this meeting again?
12 noon. Now this is the Middle East. Hottest part of the world. Hottest part of the day. In
that culture, women went to the well to collect water at 2 times—Sun-Up. And Sun-Down.
The coolest parts of the day.
But this woman waits. She waits until 12 noon—when the sun is the hottest… beating
down… and everyone else is inside. Nobody’s out in the sun except Jesus. Why do you
think she went when no one else was there? Do you think maybe—just maybe!—she was
ashamed of her string of broken relationships? Failed marriages. Current live-in boyfriend.
Do you think maybe she didn’t want to deal anymore with people’s dirty looks & judgmental
Jesus knows this… but doesn’t shy away from her. Instead: He GOES THERE.
He goes there because He knows that DEEP HURT REVEALS THE HEART.
He’s like: I understand we’re sitting here talking about water…but it sounds like you’ve got a
deeper issue. Honey, is it possible: You’re drawing water from the wrong well? Does
your bucket have a hole in it? That’s never gonna be filled with the love of another guy?
Deep hurts reveal the heart.
Jesus is always after the heart. He’s not primarily after politics…or shaming people for
sleeping together…or even getting pagans to convert to Christianity.
Jesus is after something much more valuable…your heart. Your soul. Your deep thirst for
God’s unconditional love & grace & acceptance. And that’s why He GOES THERE.
That’s why YOU & I GOTTA GO THERE… to the heart of the matter as well!
Think about it, when my friend your friends say, yeah… I’m pretty sure this baby is going to
kill us… You lean in and go there… You say, woah dude. What are you talking about?
What do you mean? What’s going on.
Well… We’re not sleeping anymore, and if I’m honest, we’re not sleeping in the same room
since the babies been born if you know what I mean. I just don’t get it.
And right here you have the choice to back away slowly or lean in. The Woman at the
Well—tries to change the topic in verse 19:
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on
this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
See what she did there? Jesus gets REAL—and suddenly, she gets all RELGIOUS. It’s a
smokescreen—a distraction. See: The great debate of that day was “Who worships where?”
It was Samaritans vs. Jews. 2 different camps. Very polarizing. Liberals vs
Thank God, nobody draws lines like that today, right? OF COURSE WE DO!
Let’s have a political debate. But notice: Jesus wouldn’t take the bait on something like
that… and neither should you! Because a question like this isn’t about the heart. Debates
just polarize & divide people into those who are for… and those against.
We prefer black & white. Because it’s easier than the messiness of human relationships.
The problem is – these debates NEVER connect people to God. They only divide & embitter.
So step #4 is to simply: 4.AVOID RELIGIOUS DEBATE
Now isn’t that ironic? This woman is standing there talking with Jesus, the Son of God…the
one who turned the world upside down… who lays the foundation for the Judeo-Christian faith
with his Death & Resurrection…and yet Jesus says: Yeahhhhh…let’s talk about something
else besides religion.
Don’t take the bait! Jesus didn’t. In verse 21:
21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he
will explain everything to us.”
In other words, I believe in God… And I know I’ve made mistakes… And when God
reveals himself… then I’ll believe.
Here’s my favorite part of the whole passage:
26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”
Guys, Jesus is always closer than we think! And in our conversations, we need to make sure
we: 5.REVEAL CHRIST
That’s our 5th and final step. Reveal Christ. I know it sounds so obvious…I mean we’re
talking about Evangelism. Many of us know how to ask good questions… Some aren’t afraid
to drill down deeper… We’ll avoid religious debate where we can… but then, for some
reason we stop short of clearly and boldly REVEALING CHRIST – telling people who Jesus
really is! And the difference he makes in our life!
This is not just listening to your friend, but actually helping. Offering something that can make
I remember when our kids were little, and we had two little ones running around, and then
Leah came a long. She had her days and nights flipped. So we literally didn’t sleep together
till that got fixed. Life seemed like there was nothing normal. When everything was changing,
there was one thing that was constant and normal, and that was Christ! The thing that was
the constant in my marriage was Jesus, and helping me love my wife and love my kids
through it all, that was Jesus.
We reveal Christ, we point to Jesus. After all, Jesus offers the best kind of life, right? He
says it himself…
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to
the full. 4
When we know this to be true, why wouldn’t we reveal it to others? Why wouldn’t we let them
in on this kind of life. Hiding your favorite Fishing spot is one thing, but hiding your faith is just
mean. Penn from Penn and Teller who is a self-proclaimed Atheist, has been quoted saying,
“How much do you have to hate a person not to tell them about what you believe?” He goes
on to say, especially if you believe that it could change their life?
It all starts with asking good questions. Being real… and Revealing Jesus.
So let me ask you… What’s Your Name? Okay, not your name… but what is the name that
God’s brought to your mind as I’m talking… Here’s what I want you to do… I want you to think
of one person today that you can lean in and get real with. Ask good questions… Maybe it’s
someone you know already. They’re on your mind right now. Would you write down their
name on the bottom of your notes? One or two names… Here’s what I want you to do with
this. Tear this off. And keep this somewhere you’ll see it. Pray for them. Let it remind you to
text them, get real with them. Find ways this month to invest in them relationally…
I want to close by praying that God will open up a Divine Opportunity like Jesus had with the
Woman at the Well—God will open up an opportunity with the name on your paper for you
Let’s pray together!