Living Water: Offered, Supplied, and Sustained

John 7:25-52

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       I.            Introduction.

A.    The feast itself.

                                                            1.      Reason.

                                                            2.      Time.

                                                            3.      Duration.

                                                            4.      Sacrifices.

                                                            5.      Booths.

                                                            6.      Audience interaction.

B.     The main daily rites of the feast.

                                                            1.      Facing east and west.

                                                            2.      The lighting of the menorahs.

                                                            3.      The water libation.

C.     The last day of the feast.

D.    The points of the sermon.

                                                            1.      Living water offered.

                                                            2.      Living water described.

                                                            3.      Living water sustained.

    II.            Living water offered.

A.    Those to whom the offer is made.

B.     How the offer is to be received.

C.     How the people responded to that offer.

                                                            1.      Reasons for not believing.

                                                            2.      Reasons for believing.

III.            Living water described.

A.    How living water was predicted.

                                                            1.      References to the Holy Spirit being poured out.

                                                            2.      Association of water with salvation.

                                                            3.      God's description of Himself as a fountain of living waters.

                                                            4.      Ultimate eschatological blessings.

B.     Where living water resides.

                                                            1.      Heart vs belly.

                                                            2.      Innermost being.

C.     What makes the water living?

                                                            1.      Spring or well.

                                                            2.      Constantly replenished.

                                                            3.      Direct translation.

D.    What people have preferred instead of living water.

                                                            1.      Hewed out cisterns.

                                                            2.      Broken cisterns that can hold no water.

IV.            Living water sustained.

A.    Having the Holy Spirit in you causes you to obey God.

B.     Having the Holy Spirit with you and in you are different realities.

C.     Having the Holy Spirit in you is better.

D.    Having the Holy Spirit in you is necessary, because Jesus is in Heaven.

E.     Having the Holy Spirit in you allows him to lead you on Christís behalf.

F.      Having the Holy Spirit in you is how Christ is with you in this life.

G.    Having the Holy Spirit in you is how you are able to pray effectively to God.

H.    Having the Holy Spirit in you gives you assurance that you are Godís child.

    V.            Application.

A.    Private means of grace.

B.     Public means of grace.

C.     Blocked means of grace.

D.    Come and drink.