When beliefs are listed off as bullet points, the sense of story and purpose the beliefs are intended to create can easily get lost. If you’d like a detailed look at our Jacob’s Well Statement of Faith, you are welcome to view the link below. But for now, how about a story?
There is a place in the Bible called Jacob’s Well; you can find the story in John 4 if you’re curious. Jesus and his disciples had been walking for quite some time and He was thirsty. Surprisingly, a woman was at the well in the middle of the day.
Women didn’t come out to get water in the middle of the day. They would come when it was cool; early in the morning before the sun grew hot or later in the evening. This woman came out when she knew no one else would be around. She was embarrassed and ashamed because she had made some choices - choices that alienated her from friends and family; choices that made her the talk of the town; choices that led to her heartbreak and isolation.
Maybe you haven’t made choices like this woman (or maybe you have).
Jesus surprised her by asking for a drink. She was surprised because at the time, Jewish people didn’t talk with Samaritans, and men did not talk with women in public. Jesus does both because He sees what she cannot see. Jesus sees a person of value; he sees someone loved by God and who can be forgiven. He wants her to know her past doesn’t have to define her present or her future. He doesn’t condemn her, but talks with her, listens to her, and tells her her present story doesn’t have to be her future story.
Maybe you can relate.
What if church was not just somewhere to go on special days? What if church was safe and people cared about you without judgment? Would you risk giving church a chance?
At Jacob’s Well, we’re a community learning to journey towards Jesus together.