The Untold Story – The First Sign

(Message 2) Did you know that the Gospel of John is an eyewitness account of Jesus’ life, written for a specific purpose? John writes, “these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you will have life by the power of His name.” John gives an account of seven specific miracles, or signs, that Jesus did that prove He was the Son of God. Join us for the beginning of these signs in our message, “The Untold Story – The 1st Sign”. #GCTheUntoldStory

The 7 Signs:

  1. Turning Water into Wine (John 2:1-11)
  2. Cleansing the Temple (John 2:12-17)
  3. Healing the Nobleman’s Son (John 4:46-54)
  4. Healing the Lame Man (John 5:1-15)
  5. Feeding the Multitude (John 6:1-15)
  6. Healing the Blind Man (John 9)
  7. Raising Lazarus (John 11)

 

Faith is not:

  • Hope
  • Superstition
  • Genetic

 

Shema: “Hear O Israel, theLORD is our God, the LORD is One.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)

 

Our faith does not come by sight, our faith comes by hearing.

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Key Scripture:

John 20:30-31 (NLT)

30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

John 2:1-11 (NLT)

1 The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee.  Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. 9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” 11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

Romans 10:17 (NLT)

7 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Isaiah 25:6 (NLT)

6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines.

Matthew 15:21-28 (NLT)

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Do you have any superstitious beliefs?  I.e. wearing a lucky shirt, crossing yourself before you get up to bat, using the same number to play the lottery?  Have you ever confused faith in Jesus and superstition?

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Read John 20:30-31.  What is John’s purpose in writing this gospel?  How does the story of Jesus turning water into wine serve that purpose?
  • Read John 2:1-11.  Jesus seemed initially to refuse Mary’s request.  Was it a refusal and Jesus changed his mind?  Or was Jesus trying to set some clear parameters around his ministry?
  • The master of ceremonies said the wine Jesus made was the best.  Why did John include that detail in the story?  Why is it important?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Troy said people confuse superstition, hope and trusting in their parent’s faith with real, personal faith in the person of Jesus Christ.  Have you ever made that mistake?
  • Read Romans 10:17.  If the disciples gained faith by sight, how do we gain it?  In a practical sense, what does that look like in your life?
  • John 2:11 says that because of the miracle or sign, the disciples believed in Jesus.  Who did they believe he was?  How is their faith different than what we often see practiced today in terms of what we call faith?
  • We were give the example in Matthew 15:21-28 of Jesus’ love of persistent faith.  How persistent is your faith?  Do you proceed faithfully in the face of apparent “no’s” from God?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • This week, earnestly examine where you are placing your faith. And, resolve to cultivate a persisting faith in Jesus Christ.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • God, thank you for revealing to us the truth of your word.  And thank you for the grace you have have extended to us through our savior Jesus Christ.  Please guide us through our struggles, or when our faith is misplaced, as we desire to grow in our faith in you.  In Jesus’ holy name.   -Amen

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Troy Knight

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