Intentional Moments (Part 1)

Speaker: Jimmy Sim


In 1983, two men Greg Nelson and Phill McHugh met in an American restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee for lunch. Whilst dining,

“as McHugh became aware of the pain in the eyes of their waitress, he said to Nelson, ‘People need the Lord, don’t they?’ Nelson responded, ‘Yes, people do need the Lord.’”

And so, rather than speaking to their waitress to listen to her needs, the two men wrote a song: 

People need the Lord, people need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door
People need the Lord, people need the Lord
When will we realise people need the Lord?

Do we notice the pain carried by the people around us? Do we understand what it means for Jesus to be their answer? And will we do more than write a song about them?


  1. Is there a difference between evangelism and a sales pitch? If so, what? If not, why not?
    Read John 4:1-9.

  2. How did Jesus come to sit by Jacob’s well in Sychar, Samaria? 
    a. Paying attention to the text, was Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman intentional or providential? Explain.
    b. How might our answer to (a) shape how we reach out to others?

  3. What barriers did Jesus cross when He spoke to the Samaritan woman?
    a. Why do you think He crossed those barriers?
    b. Why might we find it difficult to cross those barriers ourselves?

  4. If Jesus is the one who provides “living water” (v10), why did He ask the Samaritan woman for a drink? What might it tell us about the relationship He was trying to build with her?
    a. What kinds of relationships do we build with the non-Christians around us? How do they compare with Jesus’ relationship with the Samaritan woman?


Do you have an Impact List or a person you have in mind to speak to about Jesus?

How might the relationships you build with them be built on a genuine willingness to listen to their needs, and meet them where they are?

Take time to pray for yourself and the people in your group, so that we might see the people around us with the eyes of God.


“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?’ Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?’” – John 4:27-29 (NIV)