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If You Knew the Gift of God (John 4:5-26)Tommy Boring, November 13, 2016
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Do you know the gift of God. As we approach the season of giving gifts there is a gift that is far greater than any other gift. The scripture tells us that not all will be saved but we do not know whom will, so we continue to share Jesus. There is a great gratitude to those that have raised their children in a church and taught Christ. The cost of the greatest gift is invaluable. The things of this world will all pass away at some point or another. The gift of Christ is something that can be shared without it degrading in value or strength. We can't give it away but only share. It's not meant to be hidden but to be shared. Christ will not turn you away if you want His gift. The younger one is the easier it is to comprehend the salvation of God. The older one gets the more corrupt their mind gets pushing them further away from Christ. The gift is also eternal. The fact is that in the end we will all die but if one has accepted the gift of God then those will live forever with Christ. The best is yet to come when it comes to Christ's gift. Is there anyone that can stop death? Is there anyone that knows when they will take their last breath? Everyone is searching for hope, joy and happiness and the ability to live forever. All of those things are available thru the gift of God. Once you accept the gift of God, it can never be taken away from you. We have many gifts on the world but any and all of those things can be removed and taken from you, even your mind and thoughts within. Not even Satan himself can take the gift of God away from anyone. Do you have the gift from God? In order to receive the gift it must first be offered. One can't simple walk into a store and take what we want without purchasing, but if someone has already purchased it and offers it to you for free, they must ask you to take it freely. Are you willing to accept the gift of God?
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area.
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5Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. (KJV)