John 2:1-11 Discussion Prompts

The following are simply prompts for study, prayer and conversation. There is no designed order to follow. It will not be graded. They are simply caves to be explored on the journey of life and faith. They do assume that you have a Bible present and open.
  1. There is a question that echoes throughout the Gospel of John: Who is Jesus? Prophets, lepers, religious elite, outcasts, and the curious all raise this question in one way or another. The resounding answer: Jesus is the Son of God. While that answers the question, it doesn’t really explain why that matters for us today. Read the following passages, noting how each answers the question, “What does it mean that Jesus is the Son of God?”
    1. John 1:47-49
    2. John 3:16-18
    3. John 11:25-27
    4. John 20:30-31
  1. In John 2:4, Jesus says to Mary, ““Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”A. Carson clarifies, “The form of address, “woman”, though thoroughly courteous, is not normally an endearing term, nor the form of address preferred by a son addressing a much-loved mother….” Jesus’ rebuke, however courteous, declares His “utter freedom from any kind of human advice, agenda or manipulation.” With His ministry having begun, He is solely focused on the will of His heavenly Father (5:30; 8:29). “Now that he had entered into the purpose of his coming, everything, even family ties, had to be subordinated to his divine mission.” Mary, “like every other person, must come to him as to the promised Messiah, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (Carson, 171).” To this, another scholar Craig Keener state, “She approached him not as her son but as a miracle worker; he replies not as her son but as her Lord (Keener, 505).”

How we approach the God shows a lot about what we think of Him.

  1. What is your approach to Jesus (e.g., Savior, brother, Lord, friend, teacher, etc.)?
  2. How do you pray to God (e.g., miracle worker, problem fixer, distant/disinterested Father, etc.)?


  1. The sign of Jesus changing water to wine masterfully sets the stage for Jesus’ ministry and message while also inviting the reader to adopt an eternal perspective on life and death. Discuss as a group how you might go about adopting an eternal perspective this week:
    1. Marriage: How will we use my singleness/our marriage to serve God?
    2. Parenting: How do I instill an eternal perspective in my children?
    3. Career: How can I build Gospel-centered practices into my workplace?
    4. Community: How can we make North Liberty a visual representation of Kingdom?