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The Law of Connection Part 14

Jesus Changes a City-John 4:1-26

We don't even know her name. Other Jews wouldn't even speak with her. Yet because Jesus was different, He spoke with this Samaritan woman—a snubbed gender within a despised race. Through this personal connection, God reached an entire city. We learn at least seven principles from Jesus' leadership in John 4:

  1. Leaders initiate the contact (vv. 1-7).  

Jesus spoke first. He didn't isolate Himself even from "undesirables."

  1. Leaders establish common ground (vv. 7, 8). 

He connected with her about a familiar interest: water.

  1. Leaders listen and allow others to speak (v. 9). 

He knew people like to hear their own voices most of all.

  1. Leaders arouse interest (vv. 10-15).

Jesus built a verbal bridge by making her thirsty for something more than water.

  1. Leaders take others only so far as they are ready to go (vv. 16-19). 

Jesus knew He mustn't go too far. He said enough to make her hungry for more.

  1. Leaders accept others where they are (vv. 17, 18). 

Jesus knew her lifestyle, but never condemned her for it.

  1. Leaders stick with the key issues (vv. 20-24). 

He didn't allow her to get distracted. He wouldn't divert the focus from the real issue.

  1. Leaders communicate issues directly and simply (vv. 25, 26). 

Jesus revealed His identity in clear and simple terms.

Join me next time for The Law of Connection Part 15