Pastor Troy VanHorn
HEAD: What did I learn?
(How did my understanding of God change, what thought, fact, or insight did I discover?)
HEART: What did I feel?
(Does it match up with what God has said about me in His Word? Does it move me closer to Him or separate us?)
HANDS: What will I do about it?
(Is there a sin to repent of and confess, is there an attitude to change, a behavior to stop or start?)
When you were a kid, what was one of the goofiest things you believed? Moon made of cheese? Chocolate milk came from brown cows?
The official came to Jesus because he believed Jesus could do something about his sick son. When Jesus healed his son, he and his whole household believed. This is a progression of belief. Has your belief progressed over time? What are some key turning points in your life of faith? How has God used these points to guide you to a greater faith?
The progression of faith is interesting in this story. Some only believe because they see miraculous events and then only a partial belief. The greatest miracle you will ever see is a person who has been brought from death to life in Jesus Christ. The transformation of a person dead in their sin and brought to life through the Holy Spirit, by the Son, to the glory of the Father. (Read ahead to John 17!)
John the Apostle has taken his reader on a journey with Jesus from Cana, to Jerusalem, To Judea, to Samaria and back to Cana. He showed how he is greater than the ceremonial system, greater than the temple worship, better than the systems of worship between differing people groups, and how his physical presence is not needed even to heal a near-death boy. How does this affect a believer today? What does this say about who Jesus is? What does this say about his intentional ministry? How does/could that affect our ministry as a church today?
“SIGNS” in the Gospel of John-the Greek word is σεμειον (semeion.) John uses this word rather than the word δυναμις (dynamis) or powerful work/miracle. This pinpoints the emphasis on the activity as being a signpost or marker pointing to Jesus and his messianic claim. Many people wanted the sign, but missed who it was pointing to! In this passage, John uses the word τερας (teras) which means ‘wonders.’ There is usually too much focus on the miracle rather than the one who performs the miracle. Then AND now.
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Regarding contextualization-(adapting the Gospel message for greater understanding…)