Belief continues to be a theme on this Monday, March 4, 2019.  Jesus, the Son of God, returns to the region in which he was known as the son of Joseph, a carpenter’s son.  Much had happened in Cana since Jesus had turned water into wine. Eyewitness accounts of what happened at the Passover feast in Jerusalem was all the buzz in the city as people crowded around Jesus to be amazed by his feats of healing and power.   This sets the stage for John’s account of an important official making the 16 mile journey from Capernaum to Cana to ask Jesus for a miracle. I pray that you and I journey to Jesus in belief as we navigate our lives, trust that He answers prayer, and then boldly take the next step in obedience as we follow him.  Kim

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

[ John 4:46-54]
46 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.


+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn?

(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ Where was Jesus coming from before he arrived in Cana? See John 4:39
_ What is significant about the region of Galilee? See John 4:43-44
_ Who had heard that Jesus had returned to the region of Galilee?  Vs 48
_ Why did this man travel from Capernaum to Cana?  Vs 46-47
_ Do you think Jesus was alone when the royal official approached him?  Why or why not?
_ Imagine that you came to ask what this man “asked” (NIV translates “begged”) in verse 47.  
-- How would you communicate with Jesus?
-- What words, passion, appeals, might you employ as you share your heart?
_ What does Jesus say after the father’s heartfelt request?
_ Does this surprise you?
_ The NIV translates verse 48 like this,
“Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”  
- What is different in the translation?  
- Who is Jesus talking to in verse 48 when he uses the words “you people?”  
- Who needs to see signs and wonders to believe?
_ How does the official respond to Jesus’s words in verse 49?
_ Does this surprise you?
_ How does Jesus end the conversation with the royal official?
_ How might you describe this ending, dismissive, compassionate, matter-of-fact, decisive or _____?
_ How might you feel if you were the royal official as you left Jesus and headed home to your son?  
_ What does verse 50b tell us about the official’s response?
_ How was the official’s belief rewarded in verse 51?
_ What does the father realize in verse 53?
_ What fruit comes from this father’s faith journey?
_ Who had an opportunity to “see” the miracle that Jesus graciously performed?  Who didn’t?
_ How has this encounter with Jesus affected your personal belief?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)