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August 9, 2020

Made For More Week 4

Satisfaction in Purpose 

Trinity Church Sermon  |  8.2.2020  |  Made For More Series 

Main Concepts 

  • Difference between feeling satisfied and being satisfied. 

 

  • Spiritual Satisfaction doesn’t come from what we desire, but from what God desires for us. 

 

  • True Satisfaction comes only when we fulfill our purpose. 
     
  • You weren’t made to simply satisfy your appetites, you were made to satisfy the purposes of your creator! You were made to bring dry bones to the foot of the cross that God can give them eternal life! 

 

Applications 

  • You can live a life that prioritizes attaining what you desire - what you need, but your purpose here on earth is not to merely survive.  Your purpose is not to merely live a happy life – you have been given life for the sole purpose of bringing souls into the Kingdom of God! 

 

  • Next-Gen 
  • Students 

 

 

  • Parents, Discipling your kids is not just something you “should” do as a Christian Parent.  I wonder if we need to reframe this concept of discipling our kids from a responsibility to an avenue an opportunity for God to speak life into YOU – not just into your kids, but into YOU – where you can step into your purpose and experience satisfaction.  

 

  • Non-believers: If you’re in a place where you believe heaven is real, and you want to be there with God, you just don’t know if you’re ready to give up the earthly and sinful things in this world just yet.  Let me tell you that the satisfaction you feel from these things is real – but it is absolutely nothing in comparison to the satisfaction you attain when you step into the purpose for your existence.  You will LAUGH at how you used to use worldly pleasures to fill this need for satisfaction, and you will CRY when you look at the world around you still choosing to do so. 

 

Text 

John 4: 

4 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 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 noon. 

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 

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.[a]) 

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.” 

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

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.” 

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” 

The Disciples Rejoin Jesus 

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. 

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” 

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” 

Many Samaritans Believe 

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 

42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” 

 

 

Scriptural Analysis 

 

The Woman at the Well -  Jesus goes to the well because He is TIRED.  That is important to point out – Jesus himself is physically tired and in need of something outside of himself.  This is important to keep in mind as we go deeper into this story.  We know that Jesus was fully human and had physical needs, so when he talks later about living water and food, he’s talking about food for the soul.  Spiritual food. 

 

When the Disciples leave Jesus he is tired – weary.  It would appear that he is perhaps so tired that he can’t go on.  He needs to sit, rest, and get some water.  He sends the disciples on ahead of him to buy some food (v.8).  They come back with food expecting to find the same exhausted Jesus that they left by the well just a bit earlier.  Instead, they return to find an invigorated Christ who is not just filled, but is back to teaching, proclaiming truth to a Samaritan, and now back to teaching them as their Rabbi!   

 

While they were gone, Jesus does not merely tell this woman of living water, but he himself takes a gulp of it by fulfilling his purpose here on earth – to proclaim that the Kingdom of God has come. 

 

Is he still thirsty, I’m sure! Is he still hungry, of course.  However these earthly desires of man seems ever so fleeting in the shadow of satisfying the heavenly desires of God. 

 

Jesus could have taken care of himself, he’s made food appear before, he could have done it again – yet he chose to engage with somebody outside of himself that he may attain this deeper satisfaction. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Feedback 

Pleasure Vs. Contentment – Seeking a rush vs. seeking a ??? 
 
Appetite is not evil 
 

Appetites even point to God 

 

What does it mean to drink deep of God? 

 

Does God ever want us truly satisfied?  What does rest look like? Remembering & Celebration.  Rest is the act of having appetite satisfied. 

 

They honed for themselves broken Cisterns 

 

The Bible is not a list of restrictions for the means of avoiding fulfillment, rather it points us to where we can find fulfillment – The Light Bulb only works in a few points. 
 
1 Peter – Pharisees are clouds without Water 

 

Sermon on the Mount – Those who Hunger….. 

 

Appetite à fulfillment à Appetite à fulfillment 

 

Satisfaction on this earth is but a mere foreshadowing of heaven and ultimate satisfaction 

 

How to fulfill our purpose in the midst of a pandemic? 

 

Win over their influence – talk about their kids 

 

The Future of the Church is in the hands of the laity, and the laity is mobilized only when they discover their purpose. 

 

We aren’t spirit filled for fun, but for function 

 

(John 15:8, 11) This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples... I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  

 

Preaching Tools 

  • Video of satisfying things – specifically tools being used for their purpose, and executing it perfectly 
  • Video of unsatisfying things – wrong tool for the wrong job. 

 

Working Outline 

Intro 

  • Name, Role, Family 
  • Their Families – l LOVE getting to know your kids, to see them grow, to see the lightbulb moments where they get it.   
  • For Toddlers it’s when they discover that there are people at church that love them! This is so formative in how they view church!  
  • For preschoolers it’s discovering new stories in the Bible and being in awe of God’s power and love 
  • For Elementary it’s when the stories all “click” and they see God’s story as one Big Story that is still being written 
  • For Middle School it’s when students solidify their identity and decide that they want to be known as a follower of Jesus 
  • For High School it’s when they realize they were not made to simply consume sermons, but rather when they apply the word of God to their lives, it compels them to look outside of themselves! It’s when a high schooler realizes their purpose on earth is to save the people around them from an eternity apart from God and to a fulfilled life! 
  • I wholeheartedly believe that I have the best job in the entire world! I work with the best team there is here at Trinity, and honestly above all, I get to pastor and teach the best group of teachers, mentors, small group leaders, parents – the but the absolute best part of my job hands down is getting to see your kids discover the Love, Power, and Grace of God – and take it out into the world.  You all have the best kids, and they are absolutely vessels of God’s Word, and they absolutely have and will continue to grow the Kingdom.  There will be more people from our community in Heaven because of your families – and your kids.  And I get to see it all happen.  Now, do you believe me that my job is better than your job?  

 

Satisfaction 

  • Wow, that was just the introduction.  That’s just a taste of where we are going this morning.  We’re going to be talking about the concept of satisfaction.   

 

  • Recap John 4:1-14 
  • In Samaria, Jesus walking with his disciples,  
  • gets tired, sits down at a well, sends disciples into town to get food 
  • Samaritan woman is there also 
  • Jesus asks her for a drink 
  • She says “You’re seriously gonna ask me for a drink? I’m a Samaritan Woman, you’re a Jewish Man – this looks really sketchy” 
  • He says, “look, if you knew who I was, you’d be honored to get me a drink. 
  • She questions that, 
  • Then Jesus goes into something really odd here – he kinda goes off topic – he goes from talking about him & her to talking about the water.   
  • Jesus says the water in the well will leave her feeling satisfied, but only for a time. 

Satisfaction Videos 

  • Intro: up at night 
  • Kelly and I just had our first kid, and I’m really really trying to be a good dad, but for now I’m learning the more important role is to be a good husband.  Now one way to do that, is to make sure in the middle of the night when Eliza wakes up, Kelly isn’t the only one awake with her.  I’m really trying to be supportive.  Now this is a nice concept like we’d hang out in the middle of the night and have a moment while Eliza eats.  I’m sure many of you in the room know that’s not how it goes.  No, we wake up, I change her diaper, then when I hand Eliza off to Kelly and crawl back in bed, it’s all I can do to stay awake.  So I default to picking up my phone and scrolling.  One of the things that catches my attention is these dumb videos of things that are satisfying.  I know we have some people in our congregation that have differing degrees of OCD, so I hope these videos bring you a deep sense of joy, completion, and satisfaction.  
  • SHOW SATISFYING VIDEO. Didn’t that just make you feel Satisfied? 
  • Now, sometimes you’ll click one of these and it’s a goof.  It’s actually a video like this: SHOW UNSATISFYING VIDEO.   
  • Did that make anybody cringe? Make you feel incomplete? Why?  We would rather see something doing the exact job it was made to do! That knife was designed, made, and sharpened for the single goal of cutting things smoothly – and when it does that it’s so satisfying! Yet when we see a knife cutting things incorrectly – not doing it’s job, it’s unsatisfying! This could translate to all kinds of things – I mean this is why so many of us love sports! It’s satisfying to watch an athlete train and practice so that they can make a ball go through a hoop, or in the back of the net, or when a quarterback can throw a ball and another athlete run and catch it just as a play was designed! That’s just satisfying to see! 
  • I believe that is simply hardwired in each and every one of us! We want to see things do what they were created to do!  That makes us feel Satisfied, that makes us feel fulfilled. 

 

Feeling Satisfied vs. Being Content 

  • Now I want you to think about your job, your vocation – in fact you can go ahead and think about your life as a whole – I’m going to ask you this question. Do you feel satisfied? BEAT.   
  • Hang with me, now I want you to analyze your response to that a bit.  When I asked that question, was there any part of you that hesitated, and thought something like “I would feel more satisfied if I had _______”?  That new car, that raise, a better body, better skin, that vacation, kids that behaved better, a boyfriend, girlfriend, if he would hurry up and propose, if my grandkids lived closer, if I had more of a cushion in my savings account, etc.  Did you hesitate at all? Did a thought like that run through your mind?  Let me ask it another way, Is there something left for you to attain that would make you feel more satisfied?  
  • We’ve been using this term of feeling satisfied.  We’re going to unpack that now – here comes the meat of this sermon, don’t miss this.  I’m going to use two phrases here that at a glance seem to mean the same thing, but we’re going to define them. 
  • Feelings of Satisfaction – Feelings are not invalid, but they are incomplete. 
  • You can feel something, and that is valid, but you are not only what you feel like – Praise God. 
  • You can feel like you’re a failure as a parent when your kid makes a mistake – but that doesn’t mean you are a failure. 
  • You can feel like somebody is just out to get you – students, you can feel that your parents are simply trying to give you a bunch of rules to make their lives easier – that doesn’t mean it’s true. 
  • You can feel like God is distant from you – that doesn’t mean it’s true – praise God. 
  • You can feel that God doesn’t care about you – but your feelings don’t make it true – praise God 
  • Jesus didn’t just feel like God – he IS God.  Jesus didn’t just feel like a man, he IS a man.   Jesus didn’t just feel sorry for us, he EMBODIED Grace. 
  • The water from the well would leave the woman FEELING satisfied, but only for a time – then that feeling would wear off, causing her to come back to the well. 
  • The pornography you leave you feeling satisfied, but only for a time, then that feeling will wear off and you’ll come back for more. 
  • The raise you’re looking for will leave you feeling satisfied, but only for a time, then that feeling will wear off and you’ll come back for more. 
  • The perfect body you’re striving to achieve will leave you feeling satisfied, but only for a time, then you will see somebody else’s Instagram pictures, and you’ll keep chasing and chasing just to feel beautiful. 
  •  FEELINGS OF SATISFACTION ARE VALID, BUT INCOMPLETE 
  • YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE THAN MERE FEELINGS OF SATISFACTION 
  • Being Content- Believing what God says about you.   
  • You are forgiven 
  • You are made in the image and likeness of God 
  • You are a child of God 
  • You are not a slave to sin 
  • You are entirely covered by the blood of Jesus 
  • You are a temple of the Holy Spirit 
  • You are worth more than riches 
  • YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE THAN MERE FEELINGS OF SATISFACTION 
  • Feeling Satisfied void of a deep sense of contentment leads to a life of chasing pleasure rather than purpose. 

 

  • When you don’t know, don’t believe, or simply forget the truths of God – you are left chasing mere feelings rather than  

 

  • Let’s push this even deeper – When you experience that true transformation from the world’s way of pursuing feelings of satisfaction, to resting in the truths of God – when you stop chasing a rush, and you start resting in the truth.  When you experience this, there is something divine that happens.  Something so counterintuitive.  The more you rest in the truths of what God says about you, the less you think of yourself.  The more you experience contentment, the less you care about your feelings of satisfaction, and the more your heart aches to draw others in.  The more you see yourself as a child of God, the more you see those chasing mere feelings of satisfaction and you simply want to weep.  The more content you are, the hungrier you get to see others come to know their creator. And this is directly from God. 
  • Jesus was confident in who He was in the eyes of his Father, and He went to the cross to bring us in with him.  
  • My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive” -Maya Angelou 
  • You were made for more than a life of mere contentment– you were made for a purpose 
  • You were not made to passively survive, you were made for action! You were made to make a difference! You were made to not simply coast as a child of God, but to bring others into the family with you. 

 

Appetites are not all evil, even in an posture of contentment. 

  • What I mean by that is that it’s okay to know fully who you are in the eyes of God, but to want more – to be hungry for more. 
  • Appetite is the natural desire to satisfy a bodily need.  Let’s not forget the beginning of the story of the Woman at the well – Jesus is tired, hungry, and thirsty.  3 of the most common appetites –  
  • Jesus truly needs rest – so he sits down (v. 6) 
  • Jesus truly needs food – so he sends his disciples to get some (v. 7b) 
  • Jesus truly needs water – so he asks the woman for water (v. 7a) 
  • Appetites are not evil – the need to satisfy a need is not evil – Jesus had appetites! 
  • Let’s go back to the story in John 4. And guys I know I said we were getting to the meat of it all, but here it is – Let’s let the story speak for itself – here’s where God is about to blow your mind and I pray light a fire under your seat  
  • Jesus asks for water, then quickly tells the woman that the very water He is asking for will only satisfy for a moment – he tells her of living water – the Water of the Father. 
  • Now I want you to watch what happens here in verses 15 & 16.  The woman asks Jesus for this water – she’s sold, she wants this – she asks for it in verse 15, and when you read his response in verse 16 we think he is changing the subject.  We think he hears her request and disregards it.  In fact, verse 15 when the woman asks for water, this is the last time water is even mentioned in this story.  What is ACTUALLY happening starting in verse 16, is Jesus telling this woman that the Kingdom of God has come, and His Son has made it possible for ALL people of ALL nations to become a child of God. Jesus sharing the Gospel with this woman is not a distraction from the Living Water – it’s a DISPLAY of the Living Water!  
  • Jesus fulfills His purpose here on earth in this moment  - He saves a woman from her sins – he saves a woman from an eternity apart from God.  
  • Jesus doesn’t simply tell this woman about living water then move on – no He tells her about it, and then He drinks deep of the very living water He is talking of. 
  • We have proof of this in the next few verses! 
  • Jn 4:27-34 
  • The Disciples leave their teacher tired, hungry, and thirsty – by the time they return he is energized, fully satisfied, and living the life He was put here to live – his bodily appetites are drowned out by the fulfilling of His heavenly appetites 
  • You were made for more than to simply jump from pleasure to pleasure.  You were made not just to exist and know God – you were made FOR A PURPOSE! 
  • Those knives from the video, they aren’t made to sit in a drawer.  They aren’t even made to be sharpened.  Something inside your mind finds completion when you watch a tool accomplish what it was made to do.  Somebody can spend hours finding the perfect piece of wood, hooking it up to a lathe and carving the most perfect baseball bat, putting the perfect amount of tar on the handle and the most beautiful stain.  But until that bat is swung and comes into contact with a ball – it is useless.  
  • I am telling you – you will never be more alive than you are when you allow God to swing you and bring another person into the kingdom of God.  It’s that simple.  There is so much good you can do, there is so much safety you can find, there is so much contentment to be found – but you were made for so much more – you were made for so much more than a safe life on the shelf, you were made for so much more than worldly pleasures, you were made for a purpose – and that sole purpose it to be used by God to save people from their sinful nature and enter the family of God.  You were made for more than to satisfy the desires of your body, you were made to satisfy the appetites of your soul – to grow the Kingdom of God. 

 

Closing 

I stand by the fact that I have the best job in the world – I get to see kids and student and teachers and parents step into this.  God is on the move.  I know you’re probably tired of hearing about the pandemic – I am too.  I’m not here to say God is still moving in spite of this pandemic – I am convinced He is moving in mighty ways because of this! There are parents stepping into their purpose more now than they ever would have.  Parents are weekly talking to their kids about Jesus.  In fact, I’m going to talk to just the parents for a moment.  I just want to challenge you to consider this – could discipling your child be more for you than for your child?  I’ll be bold enough to say it, because I’ve experienced it – parents: Discipling your kids gives you a deeper sense of purpose than anything else in this world.   

I’ll even go another step – Church, you were put here to make disciples who make disciples that is your purpose! You know who has more potential to make disciples than anybody? The young people.  Church, there is no deeper sense of purpose than to disciple the next generation and introduce them to their purpose.  I’m not saying you only matter if you’re young, not saying that at all – but man I want to see as many people in the kingdom of Heaven as possible I want to see the people in this community in heaven, I want to see every student at HSE and Fishers in heaven, I want to see the people from my hometown in heaven, I want to see the oppressed black people in our country in heaven and I want to see the blatant racist meet in heaven – but man I am hungry for so much more than that – I want to see the students at HSE bring even more people into heaven, I want to see the oppressed black people in our community bring their families into heaven, I want to see the blatant racist meet Jesus, and realize his purpose on this earth is not to satisfy his desire to feel important but that his purpose is to spread the truth of the Gospel – that Jesus died for people of ALL NATIONS.  I am confident that God is using me to advance His Kingdom, but I am SO HUNGRY FOR MORE.  God is working in mighty ways – we have more High School/Middle school students than ever leading d-groups and getting saved – we have more than ever, but oh I am hungry for so much more. 

 

To the Church, I challenge you with these questions –  

  • What earthly desire is stressing you out? Is it your finances, your relationship, your addiction? What well are you working so hard to drink from?   
  • Look at the woman at the well (v. 28-29) 
  • Do you need to leave your jar behind, and go drink deep of the Living Water, which is to do the Will of the Father. 
  • How can you step into your divine purpose this week? 

 

To the nonbeliever, my questions are not much different –  

  • What do you look to for satisfaction?, and is it stressing you out? 
  • Is it permanent? Or does it leave you wanting more? 
  • Can I just tell you that when you drink deep of the Living Water of God, you will laugh at what used to give you satisfaction – correction, you won’t laugh, you will cry at what the people around you still look to.  Your hearts will break. 

 

Pastor Mike’s lightbulb analogy.  Following Jesus isn’t keeping you from a fulfilled life, rather He guides you directly into it. 

 

You were made for more than merely feeling satisfied, you were made to make an eternal difference. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outline 

Ty’s Sermon | 8.2.2020  | John 4  | Made for More Series 

Yellow = Slide/VideoTeal = Ty’s verbal transitions 

 

Intro myself (Name, Role, time @ Trinity, Family) 

  • Picture of Eliza 
  • I have the best job in the world – I LOVE getting to teach your kids the Word of God 
  • Newborns & Toddlers – Church is safe, people love them - Formative 
  • Preschool – discover stories of God’s Power – awe & wonder 
  • Elem – It all “clicks” as one BIG story of God’s power, we’re in the story 
  • Inter/Jr. Hi – Identity becomes solidified – I want to follow Jesus even  if others don’t 
  • High School – Realize they were not made to simply consume – they can make a difference for eternity 
  • Best Team – Trinity.Best Small Group Leaders/MentorsBest Parents (y’all doin better than you think) 
  • Above all – your kids give me a deep sense of purpose, and even moreso give me a deep sense of hope – Heaven will be more populated because of your kids. 
  • You don’t have to agree, but that was just my introduction – I have the best job! 

 

Recap John 4:1-14 

  • John 4:5-15 NIV 
  • Jesus goes from talking about how to get the water to talking about the water itself.   
  • Jesus says the water in the well will leave her feeling satisfied, but only for a time. 
  • Today we’re going to be talking more about that concept of feeling satisfied, but before we talk about it, let’s experience it. 

 

Satisfaction 

  • Intro videos (IF TIME)  Varying degrees of OCD are about to come to the surface 
  • Video 1 – Satisfying Metal – Doesn’t that just make you feel satisfied? 
  • Video 2 – Unsatisfying – Did you cringe? Did that make you feel unsatisfied/incomplete?  
  • Why do some things just leave us feeling satisfied and others don’t? 
  • Things are satisfying when they fulfill the purpose they were created for 
  • Sports – when we see something doing what it was made to, and accomplishing a goal 
  • Video 3 – Homerun Contact – all of these are the moment of contact between a bat & ball 
  • Video 4 – Broken Bat Fails – Baseball bats were not made to be broken over a knee. 
  • Hardwired in each of us – we want to see things do what they were made to do. 

 

Feeling Satisfied vs. Being Content 

  • I want you to think about your job – your vocation/lifeDo you FEEL SATISFIED? 
  • Analyze your response – Did you hesitate?  “I would feel more satisfied if I had ______” 
  • $, raise, savings, Beauty, Status, Intimacy, closer family, etc.  
  • Can you identify something you could attain to feel more satisfied? 
  • We’ve been using this term “FEELING SATISFIED” for a bit now – let’s unpack it – Don’t miss 
  • Feelings of Satisfaction – Feelings are valid, but they are incomplete. 
  • You can feel something, and thats valid, but you are not only what you feel like – Praise God.  
    • Failure as a parent  
    • Parents are out to get you 
    • God is distant 
    • God doesn’t care 
    • FLIP SIDE: Porn 
    • Substances 
    • Raise 
    • Perfect Body 

     

    • The pornography, substances, money, status, perfect body, sexual intimacy – The water you are drawing from these wells may leave you FEELING SATISFIED - these feelings of satisfaction though valid, are fatally incomplete. 
    • YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE THAN MERE FEELINGS OF SATISFACTION 

     

    • Feelings of Satisfaction  

    Vs. 

    Being Content – Believing what God says about you 

    • You are: Forgiven, made in the image, child of God, not a slave, temple  
    • Being content gives you a sense of rest, because you don’t have to attain anything 
    • YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE THAN MERE FEELINGS OF SATISFACTION 
    • Feeling Satisfied void of a deep sense of contentment leads to a life of chasing pleasure rather than purpose 
    • When you don’t know, believe, or forget the truths of God – you are left chasing mere feelings rather than discovering the purpose you were created for. – Let’s push deeper 

     

    Deep Contentment turns our eyes OUTWARD 

    • When you experience this – when your soul is transformed from chasing pleasure to enjoying contentment in God, something divine happens – something so counterintuitive. 
    • When a person truly believes what God says about themtheir eyes are turned outward 
    • You energy is no longer used to attain anything, but rather focused on others. 
    •  When you look outward, you realize how incomplete are the feelings/pleasures people are chasing. YOUR HEART BREAKS  
    • When your heart breaks, this is when you step into your purpose. 
    •  My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive” -Maya Angelou 
    • You weren’t created to passively exist & feel pleasure – you were created for action! 

     

    Appetites 

    • Here it comes, I believe God wants to speak to you in these next few moments 
    • Appetites are not evil - What I mean by that is that it’s okay to know fully who you are in the eyes of God, but to want more – to be hungry for more. 
    • Appetite: the natural desire to satisfy a bodily need 
    • Jesus had appetites 
    • John 4:6-7 – Tired, Hungry, Thirsty – he acted on them 
    • Let’s go back to the story – John 4, Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well 
    • John 4:13-19, 23-26 
    • It looks a lot like Jesus is changing the subject – never talks about water again 
    • Jesus begins to reveal not just who He is but what He has come to do, what the Kingdom of God will soon look like, and how this woman can experience salvation. 
    • Jesus is simply sharing the Gospel with this woman 
    • Jesus sharing the Gospel with this woman is not a distraction from the Living Water, it’s a Display of the Living Water. 
    • Jesus fulfills His purpose here on earth in this moment  - He saves a woman from her sins – he saves a woman from an eternity apart from God.  
    • Jesus drinks deep of the very living water He is talking about. 
    • WE HAVE PROOF! Look at the next few verses! 
    • The disciples leave a tired, thirsty, and hungry Jesus, they go to get food, and then.. 
    • John 4:27-34 
    • His Earthly appetites are drowned out by the fulfilling of His heavenly appetites 
    • You were made for a divine purpose. 
    • Baseball Bat – time, effort, energy, care, not just to sit on a shelf – but to move. 
    • You will never be more alive than when you allow God to grab ahold of you and use you to bring people into His Kingdom – there is no feeling that compares, there is no pleasure that compares, there is no material thing that replaces. 
    • You were made for more than to satisfy the desires of your body, you were made to satisfy the appetites of your soul – to grow the Kingdom of God. 

     

    Closing – WORSHIP TEAM 

    • I stand by the statement that I have the best job in the world 
    • I get to see kids, students, parents, teachers, mentors, step into their purpose 
    • God IS MOVING – Pandemic or not  
    • Parents discipling their kids – Students leading d-groups, getting saved 
    • Parents, could discipling your child be more for you than your kids? 
    • Church – the same.  We are called to make disciples – who has most potential? 
    • I am confident God is moving – but I am hungry for so much more. 
    • Who I want to see in heaven. 
    • I want more than to see them in heaven – I want to see THEM grow heaven 

    You were made for more than merely feeling satisfied, you were made to make an eternal difference. 

    Discussion Questions: 

    • What do you look to for satisfaction?, and is it stressing you out? 
    • How can you step into your divine purpose this week? 

    Slides 

    Ty’s Sermon  |  8.2.2020 

     

    1. Picture of Eliza 
    1. John 4:5-15 NIV 

    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 noon. 

    7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 

    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.[a]) 

    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.” 

    11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 

    13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

    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.” 

     

    1. Video 1 – Satisfying Metal  
    1. Video 2 – Unsatisfying  
    1. Things are satisfying when they fulfill the purpose they were created for 
    1. Video 3 – Homerun Contact  
    1. Video 4 – Broken Bat Fails  
    1. Can you identify something you could attain to feel more satisfied? 
    1. Feelings of Satisfaction – Feelings are valid, but they are incomplete. 
    1. The water you are drawing from these wells may leave you FEELING SATISFIED - these feelings of satisfaction though valid, are fatally incomplete. 
    1. Feelings of Satisfaction  
    1. Vs. 
    1. Being Content – Believing what God says about you 

     

    1. Feeling Satisfied void of a deep sense of contentment leads to a life of chasing pleasure rather than purpose 
    1. When a person truly believes what God says about them, their eyes are turned outward 
    1.  My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive” -Maya Angelou 
    1. Appetite: the natural desire to satisfy a bodily need 
    1. John 4:6-8 

    6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 

     

    1. John 4:13-19, 23-26 

    13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

    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.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 

    23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 

    25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 

    26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” 

     

    1. Jesus begins to reveal not just who He is but what He has come to do, what the Kingdom of God will soon look like, and how this woman can experience salvation. 
    1. Jesus sharing the Gospel with this woman is not a distraction from the Living Water, it’s a Display of the Living Water. 
    1. John 4:27-34 

    27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 

    28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. 

    31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 

    32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 

    33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” 

    34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.  

     

    1. You were made for more than to satisfy the desires of your body, you were made to satisfy the appetites of your soul – to grow the Kingdom of God. 

     

    Discussion Questions: 

    1. What do you look to for satisfaction?, and is it stressing you out? 

    How can you step into your divine purpose this week?. 


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