Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Some kind of celestial baker?

Reading: John 6:22-40

If you missed it, here's a link to the Sermon: Some kind of celestial baker?  

  1. Why were the people searching after Jesus now, and why do many people follow Jesus these days?
  2. What is the right motivation for following God? What should our attitude be towards spiritual rewards and material benefits? How does Jesus deal with this issue in verse 27?
  3. What is the difference between every man-made religion and what Jesus taught us (see verse 29)?
  4. Discuss verse 30: What sign do you think would be enough to convince them?
  5. Verse 31 -33. What is the difference between the manna that Moses gave (through God) and the bread of God?
  6. Is it possible for somebody to be called but not end up saved (37)?
  7. Is it possible for somebody to lose their salvation after they have come to true faith in Christ? Why or why not?

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Just About Ready To Bail Out?

Reading: John 6:16-21

If you missed it, here's a link to the Sermon: Just About Ready To Bail Out?  

  1. What do we know about Galilee, it's geography, topology and weather?
  2. Read the other accounts of what happened in Mark 6:45ff and Matthew 14:22ff. Why are there differences, and what more can we learn, by looking at all the evidence?
  3. Would Jesus ever send us into a ferocious, dangerous storm? Discuss the ramifications of this:
    • why would He/wouldn't He?

    • what does that tell us about Him?

    • how are we supposed to respond?

    • when are we most likely to hit storms?

  4. Had the disciples understood what the feeding of the 5000 meant?
  5. What ought we learn from this passage?
  6. Pray for those known to us who are in the midst of a storm at present.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Would you share your lunch?

Reading: John 6:1-15

If you missed it, here's a link to the Sermon: Would you give away your lunch?  

  1. Why were the people following after Jesus; what was it they wanted? Talk this through.
  2. Read verses 4-7 and discuss the things that stand out to you. For instance, what would you have thought if you were Philip?
  3. Discuss verse 5. In particular consider a) how the women might have responded to this and b) how we might, "seek the living from among the dead" in our lives? 
  4. Verse 4 mentions the Passover, verse 9 tells us the bread was made of barley and later on in the chapter Jesus will speak of being the bread of life. How does this all add up? 
  5. Verse 12 tells us Jesus wasted nothing. What can we learn from this as a church and how should that fact affect the way we Christians live our lives?
  6. Jesus slipped away - why?
  7. The boy was willing to give the little he had to Jesus.
    • what might stop us from doing that?
    • what will we miss out on?
    • would you give your lunch?