One of the most popular stories in the Bible from Jesus’s life on earth is His interaction with the Samaritan “woman at the well.” You’ve heard this one, right? In the middle of the day, Jesus went to a well to find a woman there alone. She was of a different group, a different social status, and a different lifestyle than Jesus, and she certainly wasn’t the kind of person people expected Jesus to interact with at the time. But He did. He talked to her, and because of that one conversation, her life changed.

What is it about this one particular interaction in the Bible that draws people to this story? Perhaps it’s the power of the Samaritan woman’s testimony. Jesus chose to see her differently, treat her differently, and talk to her differently, and it changed her life. Even beyond that, it changed the lives of those around her! Take a look: 

Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!”

—John 4:39 NLT

Remember as you lead our students this week that your relationship with Jesus has the power to influence and change lives in the same way this Samaritan woman’s did for the people around her. The way you treat, speak to, and love the teenagers in your Small Group (even the ones who are hard to love!) has the potential to not just change their lives but the lives of those around them as well.

Is there a student in your group who may be an outsider—someone who is hard to love or connect with? What can you do make an intentional connection to that student this week?

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I want to be a Christian like Christ—loving and accepting of other people.
Kristin Chenoweth