I met a guy in the fraternity who was interested in Jesus.
I help people start groups that interact around Jesus together. You want to try to start a group together in your house and see who’s interested?”
He agreed to give it a shot.
We gathered in the fraternity living room, sharing some food and getting acquainted with each other.
Seven guys gathered the first night.
We read the story of Jesus turning water to wine. A great place to start in a drinking culture. I posed three questions:
What does it show us about Jesus?
What does it show us about people?
How does the story speak to your heart?
People were timid at first. I encouraged them there were no right or wrong answers. Just share what they see. People began to open up …
“Wow, Jesus had super powers.”
“Jesus’ mom told the servants to do whatever he said. Then Jesus did the miracle. Maybe if we are willing to do what Jesus says we’d be more likely to see miracles, too.”
“It’s just cool to me that Jesus was actually at a party. I thought he only went to churches and stuff.”
Conversation was happening. Not monologue. Dialogue.
Open ended questions.
Room for the Holy Spirit to speak to people individually.
Space for people to become fascinated with the Scriptures.
Finally, the quietest guy in the room spoke up.
I don’t know if this is what the story means, because I’ve never read a Bible before…. But I think the MC of the party must have screwed up in his job. If he was a party organizer, he should have kept track of how many guests were coming and how much wine they needed. Kind of like the organizer of a keg party. When Jesus did the miracle, he didn’t show-off. He gave the wine to the MC to present to the host. It was like he was trying to help him save face. I guess that encourages me that maybe Jesus doesn’t want to make me ashamed for my mistakes and maybe he wants to help me in my career.