57. Plot Twist

Reading Plan

If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:

  1. MONDAY: John 4:27-42
  2. TUESDAY: Matthew 20:1-16
  3. WEDNESDAY: Acts 5:12-42
  4. THURSDAY: Genesis 48
  5. FRIDAY: Genesis 49:29 – Genesis 50:21
  6. SATURDAY: Romans 8:18-39
  7. SUNDAY: 1 Corinthians 15

eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!

Sermon Notes: “Plot Twist” ⤵️

Preacher: Steven Furtick
Passage: John 4:27-30
Title: Plot Twist
Date: June 21, 2020 (Father’s Day)

Today’s sermon notes were taken during the 9:30 livestream from the Ballentyne campus.

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
John 4:27-30, NIV


  • For Father’s Day: “Go back to the well.” A follow-up sermon to Tired on the Inside.
    • You don’t get to choose who God uses.
    • You don’t get to choose what God does.
    • We all have to go through some area (Samaria) in our lives.
  • In order to avoid being disappointed, we avoid some area (Samaria) in our lives. But in order to have real relationships, we have to go through that area that we try to avoid.
  • They say Jesus is the answer, but the Answer just asked a question. (John 4:7): “Will you give me a drink?”
    • The disciples were looking for a meal. But Jesus was looking for a harvest.
    • The disciples were looking for a burger. But Jesus was looking for a breakthrough.
  • Verse 27: The disciples were “surprised.” I’m officially dubbing 2020 the Year of the Plot Twist.
  • There’s a biiiiiiiiiig difference between worshiping tradition and pursuing truth.

A. You Don’t Get to Choose WHO God Uses

  • Jesus keeps his disciples guessing. They were surprised to find him talking with a Samaritan woman.
    • You might be surprised who is your neighbor in heaven.
    • You might be surprised about who has the bigger house in heaven.
    • God is constantly keeping us guessing. Whenever we expect one thing about how he works, he surprises us.
  • God has scripted a much bigger arc than how you feel this week.
    • We need to approach each day like it’s the day the Lord has made.
    • The woman at the well didn’t know she was about to meet her Maker, a man who’d be able to see things about her that no one else could see. She was trying to get some water to fill her jar and met the Well. Plot twist.
  • I didn’t want to preach a message just for fathers, but a message about being attuned to what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives that we don’t even know about.
  • Pastor Steven shares a story about his father dying from Leu Gehrig’s disease, stepping away from preaching one day to be with his father. His father died soon after. I told you that because you never know.
  • The woman was just trying to fill her jar, and instead she becomes the first evangelist to the Samaritans. Plot twist.

B. You Don’t Get to Choose WHAT God Does

  • John 4:5: So he [Jesus] came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
    • This is generational.
    • It was supposed to be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau, but Jacob got blessed out of order. Plot twist. [Jacob was the younger son of Esau.]
    • And the last shall be first, and the first shall be last. (Matthew 20:16) Plot twist.
    • You killed him by hanging him on a cross, but god raised him from the dead. (Acts 5:30) Plot twist. That’s all the Gospel is.
    • Let the weak say I am strong. (Joel 3:10) Plot twist.
  • For 22 years, Jacob thought Joseph was dead. His brothers had faked his death and sold him into slavery. Life just seems like one giant setback. But God raised Joseph up to the second-most powerful man in Egypt and used him to save his family from a famine in Canaan. (Genesis chs. 37-50) Plot twist.
    • You meant it for evil, but God used it for good. (Genesis 50:20) Plot Twist.
    • Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.” (Genesis 48:11)
    • He’s the God of the Plot Twist: Jacob crossed his arms to bless Ephraim (the younger son) with his right hand (reserved for the older son) and placed his left hand on Manasseh (the older son). (Genesis 48:12-14)
    • His arms crossed foreshadows the cross that Jesus died on to save us from our sins. Plot twist.
    • We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) Plot Twist.


  • Jesus skipped a meal, but he reaped a harvest. (John 4:31-35)
  • The woman left her jar at the well (John 4:28), but she got what she came for.

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