Changed Lives – Gospel in Life
Sermon

Changed Lives

Tim Keller |  March 6, 2016

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Duration:
34:55
Scripture:
John 4:6-26
SKU:
RS 365-02

Sermon Synopsis

The tale of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well exposes the reformative capacity of the gospel, challenging established ideas of life alteration. The gospel is more than a faith doctrine for everlasting salvation; it bears the potential for deep transformation in our current lives. It proposes an alternative to the age-old practice of prioritizing logic over emotion or the modern trend of being guided by feelings, unveiling the range, potency, progression, profundity, and logic for gospel-induced modification.

1. The extent of gospel modification

The reformative power of the gospel, as represented by Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman, surpasses all societal barriers, asserting its universal availability. This mercy is deeply egalitarian, disregarding societal hierarchies and potentially favoring those less privileged, as arrogance can be an obstacle to receiving it. Jesus’ model of not preferring the privileged should dictate believers’ interactions.

2. The strength of gospel modification

The reformative potency of the gospel is universal, symbolized by the life-giving metaphor of water, which our souls long for just as our bodies do. The mercy of Jesus Christ, embodying affection, presence, absolution, and companionship, is a sweet, internal change instigator, vastly exceeding obligatory laws or techniques. This mercy, satisfying our deepest longings, fuels our craving for validation, companionship, and absolution, showcasing the deep effectiveness of gospel modification.

3. The progression of gospel modification

Gospel modification, as illustrated in the dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, is a gradual and ongoing progression, not restricted to the period prior to belief. It is a transformative journey, where God’s patience guides us even in our moments of bitterness and ignorance. This change is organic, akin to the growth of a tree, symbolizing the intertwining and unification of various aspects of our lives.

4. The profundity of gospel modification

The ancient gospel and contemporary change diverge in their approach to the human heart, with the former focusing on the will and reason, and the latter on emotions and desires. The gospel, as illustrated in the story of the woman at the well, suggests that true fulfillment cannot be found in worldly endeavors or human relationships, but in a change of heart that prioritizes divine affection. Jesus is presented as the only true object of worship that won’t exploit us, promising satisfaction if we embrace him.

5. The logic for gospel modification

Jesus’ dialogue with the Samaritan woman reveals that true worship will transcend physical temples, concentrating on spirit and truth. This shift is made possible by Jesus’ sacrificial death, which allows us to grasp the profound cost of the life-giving water He offers. This comprehension can transform our hearts, leading us to surrender our need for power, approval, comfort, or control, and instead find fulfillment in Jesus alone, showcasing the reformative potency of the gospel and God’s mercy.

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