Making Time (John 2:1-11)
Summary: Jesus time was precious, he had three years of ministry. He optimized his time not by “finding time,” but by “making time” for others to share in their life and joy, and to help with even small personal problems. In this way the glory of God was manifest even in the smaller deeds of kindness. We also will glorify God when we take time for even the smaller deeds of kindness
1. When was a time your mother, father, or child embarassed you in public?
Dig (John 2:1-11)
2. Why does Jesus respond to his mother in the way he does?
3. Was Jesus correct in his statement to his mother, that it was not his problem? Why did he make this statement, and then help the host anyway?
4. Why would he not broadcast this miracle to the wedding party? Wouldn’t this be a great way to begin showing his power? What effect would broadcasting it have had on the disciples? The guests? The host?
5. Why does John (the Gospel writer, not your preacher) call this a “sign” rather than a miracle?
6. What “signs” have you performed before that manifested the glory of God?
7. Do you typically involve yourself in a problem if it is “not your problem?” Why or why not?
8. Do you go through life at the speed where you usually see “scenery” speeding by the window, or individual people with individual needs?
9. In your own life, what would it take for you to slow down and “make time” for the other members of this group? Your family? Your church family?
Don’t forget the empty chair - To develop more “sensitivity” pray for some people by name to fill the empty chair.