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The Book of John Week 1 (Leader guide)

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PREPARING FOR YOUR GROUP
Homework: (10-90 minutes)

  • Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide
  • If you missed it,CLICK HEREto watch the weekend sermon
  • If a certain quote from the sermon resonated with you, consider posting it to Twitter or Instagram. Here's a sample: Jesus erases our shame. He just does. That's the Gospel that's how it works with Jesus. #cfchurch
  • Read John 2:1-12
  • Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and then ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that He wants to do during your Group's time together.

BEGIN HERE WITH YOUR GROUP

Opening Prayer: (Say Aloud, 1 minute)
Pray the following prayer for your Group. Feel free to make the words your own.

(Pray Aloud) God, thank you for sending Jesus to earth to show us more of your character. As you turned water into wine, change the parts of us that need to be more like you. Help us to hear this story anew and allow your truths to mold us. Amen.

Quick Connection: (Say Aloud, 5 minutes)

Let's have everyone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend's message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say "Pass."

QUESTIONS FOR LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION (30 minutes):
(Note for Group Leaders)There are more questions than your Group will likely have time to get through. Choose the questions that connect to the aspects of the message that were resonating the most deeply with you.

Let's all have a Bible opened up to John 2:1-12 as we discuss what God was saying to us from this week's message.

  1. Why was it a problem that the wedding ran out of wine?
  2. What do you think John is hinting at when he says that all this took place 'on the third day'?
  3. In verse 4, Jesus tells Mary "My time has not yet come." The NIV mis-translates the word "time" hereit should read "hour". There are six other places in John where Jesus makes similar statements: (7:30; 8:20; 12:23,27; 13:1; 17:1). Given these other instances, how should we interpret what Jesus is trying to tell his mother here at Cana?
  4. In verse 11, John says this was Jesus' first miracle. What are some of the reasons Jesus may have chosen this as his first miracle?
  5. As Pastor Billy brought up, the text seems to suggest that the water transformed into wine as the servants followed Jesus' instructions to serve it. Jesus doesn't fill the empty cups, but rather the servants are tasked with that part of the miracle process. What are the lessons in this for us?
  6. By turning the water to wine, Jesus helped the couple avoid the shame of running out of wine at their wedding. He does the same for us he gives us a fresh start and erases our shame. How have you seen him do this in your life or the lives of those you know?
  7. In verse 5, what does Mary tell the servants? How is this good advice for us to live by? What things has He been telling you to do lately?

CLOSING PRAYER (15 minutes):
If your Group is newly formed, it's probably best that you are the one who prays. If this time of prayer requires some vulnerability or transparency, be the first to pray so that you set a tone of honesty for everyone else.

As you close, pray that you would allow Jesus to erase your shame and give you opportunities to "fill others' wine glasses." Pray that you would follow Mary's advice and "do whatever He tells you."

PUTTING THIS INTO PRACTICE
Based on how God has spoken to us through this weekend's message, here are some thoughts and examples of how we can put God's word into everyday practice.

  • Is there anyone you know that may be living in shame? How can you reach out to them this week to help them know they are loved? How could you help them take their next step towards Jesus?
  • Take time to be silent and listen to God. Set aside 15-30 mins at least once this week to practice listening. As you hear, follow Mary's advice and "do whatever He tells you."
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