Dr. E. Dale Locke & Rev. Trevor Johnston
Week 3: Crash Course
- Fill in the blanks for our memory verse for this series, Ephesians 3:20-21 –Now to him who is able to do ____________ ____ than all we ___ or _______, according to his _____ that is at work ______ us, to him be _____ in the ______ and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
- Talk about what it means that God can do immeasurably more than we can ask imagine. Share any experience you may have regarding that truth.
- Read John 4: 43-54 –After the two days he left for Galilee. (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there. Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live,” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better they said o him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed. This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.
- The definition of desperation is: “A state of despair, typically one which results in rash or extreme behavior.”
What in this story lets you know that the father was desperate?
- Have you ever been desperate? Share about it if you are willing.
- God honors desperation, when it is turned in the right direction. Desperation can draw us toward God, or it can compel us away from God. Why would some people turn away from God when they are desperate?
- Dale talked about 3 dispositions of heart people may have toward God. First he mentions the SKEPTIC. These are people who are inclined to question or to doubt accepted opinions. Have you ever been skeptical about the Christian faith? If so, share what it was (or is) that caused doubt. Or, share what you think causes people to be skeptical of the faith.
- Dale says of the skeptic, that to NOT commit is in itself making a commitment. What do you think he mean by that?
- The next reaction Dale mentioned is the CYNIC. Cynics believe they have it all figured out, so they see no need to call on God. God is too small in the mind of a cynic. Talk about how a cynic is likely to react or respond when they are in a desperate situation.
- Revisit John 4:48 –
“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” Why do you think Jesus said this? What did he really mean?
- Talk about the difference between the statement “Seeing is believing” and “Believing is being able to see”
- Thirdly, Dale mentions the REBEL, who simply refuse to believe God has any power to move in their life. What are some reasons someone might be a rebel?
- As you re-read the story in John 4:43-54, where do you see the pattern of Desperation, of Boldness and of Obedience that are so often prevalent in the miracle stories of Jesus in the Bible?
- What have you learned anew about your own faith (or lack of faith) in Jesus through this Miracle series so far? Share if you are willing.