They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said. Now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” – John 4:42

Verse 39 says that the Samaritan people believed just because of the testimony of the woman at the well…

Or the personality of the minister…

Or the creativity of the worship service…

Or the door prizes of the cool youth group…

Or the projection and light shows and rockin’ band…

An old man in my church said that he became a Christian because he trusted the people who told him the gospel was true. This is essentially what happened in Samaria…and this might be effective for reproducing rational faith.

Yet, the Samaritan people also invited Jesus to stay for two days so they could experience him for themselves. Perhaps this is the difference between rational faith and experiential faith…

Experiential faith goes beyond and below and deeper into.

It requires that we invite Jesus to stay a while so we can experience him for ourselves…

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