Dr. E. Dale Locke, Founding & Lead Pastor
Week 2: It’s On The House
- Review our scripture verse for this series: Ephesians 3:20-21 – “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
- What do you think of when you hear the word “miracle”?
- Why do you think difficulty or challenging circumstances cause some people’s faith to grow, while other people’s faith is lost in difficult or challenging circumstances?
- C.S. Lewis writes: “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some to see.” What do you suppose he means by that?
- Read John 2:1-12 – “On the third day a wedding took place in Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’ ‘Woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants ‘Fill the jars with water’, so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.’ They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, ‘Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.’ What Jesus did her in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.
- What thoughts come to your mind about this scripture?
- Why do you think Jesus would have performed this particular miracle as his first miracle?
- Read James 4:2 “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.” Dale challenged us to up the percentage of our asking and decrease the percentage of our grumbling and complaining. Talk about how you feel about asking God for things.
- Read Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What is this scripture telling us about asking God for what we want or need? How does this scripture make you feel?
- Dale mentioned a pastor friend of his who said: “If requests aren’t intimidating to you, they may be insulting to God.” What do you think this means?
- Why is it important to God for you to ask him for miracles, even though he is already omniscient (all knowing)?
- What other important factors come into play when miracles occur? (Remember What Dale mentioned about Jesus’ basic character being GOOD, and Mary’s boldness, and the servants’ obedience).
- Re-read John 2:1-12, and consider the following: When did the miracle of the water turning into wine actually occur? Was it when the jars were filled? Was it when the servants drew the water from the jars and took it to the master of the banquet? Was it when the wine was actually served?
- Have you ever experienced a miracle in your life? Share about it.