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- If you still wantto engage with a particular question or element that your Group leader skipped over, consider going through that part with a family member, a friend, or on your own.
QUESTIONS FOR LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION (30 minutes):
- Why was it a problem that the wedding ran out of wine?
- What do you think John is hinting at when he says that all this took place 'on the third day'?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
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.