Chosen By God

Living Water Church

Chosen By God

Weekend Service August 8th, 2020

 

1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation…

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1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people…
 
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I want to talk to you about how YOU are chosen by God.
 
Did you realize that you are God’s Chosen People?
 
You’re CHOSEN by God for great purposes and today we’ll talk about just that.
 
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There are so many examples in the Bible of how God has chosen people throughout history. Did you know that history is HIS-story and your story is found in HIS-story.
 
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We know that Adam & Eve were chosen to populate the earth
We know that Noah was chosen to save mankind.
We know that Joseph was chosen to save his people from famine
We know that Moses was chosen to deliver Israel from Egypt
We know that Rahab the harlot was chosen to save the spies in Jericho
We know that David was chosen to kill Goliath
We know that Nehemiah was chosen to rebuild the temple
We know that Mary was chosen to bring Jesus into the world
We know that John the Baptist was chosen to announce the Messiah
We know that Jesus was chosen to be the savior of the world
We know that the early disciples were chosen to turn the world upside down with the Gospel
 
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We know her simply as the woman at the well.
 
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We see her story in John’s Gospel chapter four and that’s just after where we read that Jesus didn’t come into this world to bring condemnation but instead He came to bring liberation, transformation salvation and a holy nation!
 
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It’s kind of funny because Jesus, as He sat by the well, said give me a drink, it’s funny because the WELL said give me a drink…
 
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John 4:3-7NKJV

3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”

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Jesus HAD to go through Samaria, He NEEDED to go through Samaria. He had to because although everyone in town chose NOT to be with this lady Jesus CHOSE to pick her up from the ruins of her life and give her Living Water so her soul would never thirst again.
 
When they began to talk she started to get defensive and testy. That’s what hurt people will often do They’re so used to being picked on, ridiculed, marginalized, maligned and hurt that they are now automatically defensive.
 
Sometimes other people who’ve been abused and hurt in life are passive and easily thrown around, like the woman caught in adultery, but that’s a story for another day.
 
This lady starts talking about religion and Jesus wants to talk about relationship.
 
She talks about the opinions of the day that said there was a special place to worship but Jesus wanted her to know that she could come to God just like she was and she could come just where she was.
 
He said that God is a Spirit and people would worship Him in spirit.
 
He finally tells her to go get her husband to which she replies that she doesn’t have a husband and Jesus says true, you’ve had 5 husbands and know your with someone whose not your husband. PLEASE NOTICE that Jesus isn’t saying this to condemn her, He’s saying it so she can understand that God understands her human condition and He wanted to set her free.
 
He wanted her to know that He knew.
 
He knew how hard it was to be a woman in that day. He knew that a man didn’t have to love a woman to be married to her. He knew that a man didn’t have to honor or respect his wife. He know that a man could write a letter of divorce for anything he wanted to, not so a woman.
 
He knew that if a woman didn’t have a man to take care of her she’d be led to beg or worse.
 
He knew how mean people could be if they didn’t like someone, if they didn’t know anything about them. He knew that without Him, her life was destined for the trash heap of life.
 
When He communicated His care and concern her life was touched and forever changed.
 
He wanted he to know that she didn’t have to stay and outcast with a shame-filled life, he wanted her to know that she was chosen by God for a beautiful life. And what does she do? She proclaims the good news and she gives God praise. That was her call.
 
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Let’s look at the opening scripture for this message…
· 1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
 
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