Life Group Questions:
1. If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?
2. What does it mean to thirst for God? Describe a time when you found yourself extremely thirsty. How did that make you feel? How did it affect your actions and mindset? Have you ever thirsted for God in a similar manner? Explain.
3. Read the following passages and list some observations: Psalm 42:1-2; 63:1; 84:2; 107:9. How should these passages challenge us and encourage us in our desire for God?
4. Describe the connections you see between our present passage and John 4:13-14. What does the “well of water springing up to eternal life” signify? Would you describe yourself as one who fits the description of John 4:13-14? Why or why not?
5. What is the significance of Jesus saying “if anyone” thirsts? Do you see this statement as a contradiction to such passages as John 6:35-37? Explain. Is Jesus implying that it is up to the individual person to thirst for God? Explain.
6. What message of assurance do you see in our passage? How do we know that the promises of God are true and faithful? According to Jesus, what is to be the focus of our faith? Do you sense that your faith is properly focused?
7. Read Isaiah 44:3; 55:1-3 and Ezekiel 36:25-27. What promises do these passages provide for us? Do you think that the promise of the Holy Spirit was primarily a New Testament or an Old Testament teaching? Explain.
8. What does it mean that the Holy Spirit had not been given yet (cf. 14:26)? How was the giving of the Spirit different in the New Testament compared to the Old Testament? How was Jesus glorified? How did His glorification affect the work of the Holy Spirit (cf. John 17:1; 14:26; Acts 2)?