Bystander – Momma Says
Small Group Time:
Talking through the message during the week helps you and your group turn what God is saying to you into action steps. Begin with key questions, add any optional Scriptures and questions if needed, and then wrap up by deciding on your next steps.
How do we really believe in this guy named Jesus? Belief is a hard thing to muster after all we’ve been thru & all we see the world going thru. Can this guy really be who He says He is & do what He has promised to do? We want to acknowledge the questions & the doubts. We want to look for a solution. Somewhere along the way, we were led to believe that religious belief & faith was separated from reason, evidence, & proof. What if that wasn’t actually the case?! What if we could find evidence in the accounts the “bystanders” who actually saw it & lived it?!
- What is something you once believed without any evidence? Why did you believe it?
- How would you describe the difference between faith and belief?
- The apostle John describes coming to faith as a process that starts with seeing actual events that serve as signs of who Jesus was. Today, we can only hear or read about those events. Should the fact that we are not eyewitnesses to Jesus’ miracles affect the process of someone coming to faith? Why or why not?
- Read John 2:2–11, where the apostle John recounts the story of Jesus turning water into wine.
- How familiar is this story to you? Is there anything that stands out as new information?
- What are some details about this story that would lead a reader to believe this actually happened?
- In verse 9, how would you have reacted if you were “one of the servants” at the wedding and just
witnessed what Jesus did?
- In verse 10, consider the master of the banquet’s statement. How might that be a foreshadowing of the
coming shift from the sacrificial system to Jesus being the ultimate sacrifice?
- What are some characteristics about Jesus that come to mind as a result of this story?
- Ben talked about the fact that sometimes the jars needed to run dry for the work of Jesus to become apparent. Are there any areas of your life where it feels like the “jars have run dry”? How can you be hopeful for something “new & better” that Jesus can bring to that area of your life?
- Does looking at this story as a “sign” instead of just a “miracle” change anything about your view of God? How might it shape how you approach the miracles of Jesus?
• What’s one thing you will do this week as a result of something you learned from this message?