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LIFE IN THE SON - Hard to Swallow

Sermon-Based Bible Study
February 5, 2017

  • What are you thankful for this week? What are you celebrating? What has caused stress or anxiety in your world this week?

  • What did you hear in this week’s sermon that was new or particularly interesting? Did anything stand out to you as puzzling or troubling?

  • Read John 6:1-15. Chris mentioned that Jesus grows His disciples through tests, and the test almost always involves trust. Has your faith ever been tested? How?
  • There’s something to be said for bringing Jesus everything you have even when it’s not enough. Jesus gives thanks for what He has to work with even though it’s not enough. Have you ever considered giving thanks for things you have that are “not enough?”

  • Chris pointed out that sometimes a person’s desire for God to do something in particular is so strong that if God doesn’t do it, they are tempted to disregard God altogether by either saying, “That can’t be Him then” or “I don’t want anything to do with Him.” Why did the people want to make Jesus king?

  • Read John 6:16-24. Do you think the disciples were part of the group that wanted to make Jesus king? When Jesus walked on water, how was this a demonstration of grace to the disciples who may have been disappointed by His refusal to be the kind of king they were looking for?

  • After Jesus multiplied the bread, crowds sought Him out because they wanted Him to provide more bread. Sometimes our passion for Jesus is too closely related to whether or not He comes through for us when it comes to our “bread.” There’s a difference between pursuing Jesus for what we hope is “our bread” in His hand, and taking His hand and trusting Him. What’s the “bread” in your life that preoccupies you a little too much?

  • Read John 6:25-34. In this passage, Jesus in essence is saying, “Your eyes are still on what I can do for you that’s temporary and spoils.” It’s interesting that Jesus says not to work for food that spoils but for food that endures to eternal life. Do you have a tendency to ask Jesus to bless or to multiply things that are temporary or will shortly spoil? Why? What is “food that endures to eternal life?”

  • Read John 6:53-59 and 1 Chronicles 11:19. Jesus seems to be saying, “Don’t just follow me for the physical bread, I’m up to something more. I’m the bread of life, take me. What does it mean to take me?

  • Jesus seems to be saying “My flesh will be broken and my blood will be shed for you. I’m laying my life down. I didn’t come to break other rulers in half; I came to be broken in half. I didn’t come to shed blood; I came for my own blood to be shed.” If you really want to live, and if you really want to be raised up on the last day, you’ll have to accept me for what I came to do.” How does the story from 1 Chronicles help you understand what Jesus means when He talks about eating His flesh and drinking His blood?

  • What happens in John 6 reminds us that there will times when Jesus will risk not being the kind of Savior we think we want so that He’ll be the kind Savior He knows we need. When Jesus doesn’t meet our desires, expectations, or job descriptions, will we still follow Him?

  • In the next 24-48 hours, what simple next step could you take in obedience to what you’ve learned from your time in God’s Word? Who would benefit from hearing what you’ve learned this week? Will you share it with them?
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