Break the Ice.
- Mulligan – an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, not counted on the scorecard.
- If you could travel back in time and have a mulligan day, what day would it be?
Bring the Word.
Before we jump into the Scripture, let’s set the scene. Jesus feeds the 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. He dismisses the disciples in a boat across the sea, and He dismissed the people. That night is the night Jesus walked on water. The next day, the people are curious as to how Jesus showed up across on the other side.
Jesus IS the true bread from heaven.
Read John 6:24-32
- Why was the crowd seeking Jesus, and what was wrong about their motive?
- Verse 28 could be phrased, “Tell us what God wants us to do and we will do it!” What does Jesus say should be their work?
- Is God looking for blind faith (faith in the abstract) or should our faith have a real object? (Vs. 29 shows that Jesus is the real, true object or our faith)
- How is Christian faith in Christ different from other faiths?
Anyone can receive the bread of life.
Read John 6:32-35
- In verse 32, Jesus starts in the past tense then moves to the present tense. Why would it be important that God is presently offering true bread?
- Who did Jesus say could receive the Bread of Life?
- Who could not receive it?
The true Bread of Life completely satisfies.
Read John 6:35-40
- How often did the Israelites have to go receive the bread from heaven?
- That bread was symbolic of the Old Covenant (laws and sacrifice). It was powerless to permanently remove sin. Sacrifices had to be made daily, weekly, and yearly.
- How often do we have to receive the true Bread of Life?
- This Bread is symbolic of the New Covenant (grace). What Jesus did on the cross was final and permanent to remove and forgive sins.
Bring it Home.
- Action Questions:
- Read Romans 8:3.
- Why is it a good reminder to know that we are living under a covenant of grace, and not the covenant of law?
- How can we pray for you?
Read John 8 before next week!