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In John’s Gospel, we hear several stories of Jesus connecting with people through everyday conversations. John 4:1-42 recounts a connection and conversation with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well. Jesus is willing to engage in a conversation, even though it goes far beyond the walls of social convention, ethnic boundaries and religious distinctions. Jesus uses the metaphor of living water to describe God’s offer of eternal and abundant life. Jesus tells this woman that he is the only source of that living water—he is the Living Well. He tells her, “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.” Not only does the woman receive that gift for herself, but she goes and tells everyone what she has found. She becomes a conduit for the living water, only God can give.

This story reminds us of three essential truths of the gospel. First, Jesus Christ is the only source of eternal life—he is “The Living Well” and he offers his living water to anyone who is thirsty and willing to come (John 7:37). Second, this eternal life that he offers is an abundant and immediate life—those who belong to God can begin “living well” as followers of Christ who are filled by the Holy Spirit (John 10:10). Finally, anyone who receives this new life in Christ becomes a vessel or conduit for the living water He offers to the world—we become “living wells” out of which His living water flows (John 7:38). We are not the source of living water, but we know and point to its source in Jesus Christ. Our individual desire, and our shared vision, is to be a community that drinks deeply from The Living Well, to always be “living well” in the fullness of Christ’s eternal life, and to allow Christ’s living water to flow out of us as “living wells” into the world God loves.

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Pastor Philip Rose

Pastor Philip Rose

Lead Pastor

Philip Rose is a seasoned pastor with more than 25 years of ministry experience in the Midwest. His powerful, practical teaching style mixed with his deep passion for creating authentic relationships both inside the church and within our communities, results in a leader ready to bring the "Share the Life" message to life in Kalamazoo. Click the photo to learn more about Pastor Philip!

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