God at Work: Believing is Seeing

Listening Guide

Setting – After the sign of Water into Wine

  • Cleansing of the Temple – Christ came to transform hollow religion
  • Nicodemus – Christ came to transform individuals
  • Samaritans – Christ came to transform the world

What was the purpose of the sings?

  • Entertainment and personal gain? – The Galileans only wanted Jesus for what he could do for them. They saw him as a sideshow magician who was a benefit for as long as he did signs and miracles.
  • Answers to desperate times? – The royal official certainly was desperate, but the signs were not ends in and of themselves.

Key – v. 50

  • “The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him.”
  • Contrast between the Samaritans belief in the words of Christ vs. the Gentiles belief in the signs
  • The signs are meant to point to Christ so that we believe in and put our faith in the identity of Christ and his word rather than in the signs!

True belief in God means belief in Christ and belief in his Word. Jesus’ miracles in the Gospel of John were signs pointing the people who witnessed them to the one who performed the signs – Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God.

Discussion Questions

  • Why is it so much easier to trust in the signs rather than in the word of Christ?
  • What does it look like for us to put our faith in the word of Christ rather than in what he can do for us?
  • Recount a past experience where God has reminded you of his faithfulness? How did he demonstrate his faithfulness?
  • In what ways do missional communities provide space for us to demonstrate God’s faithfulness to one another?
  • How can you put your faith in the word of Christ this week and encourage others to do the same?

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