Join us as we dive deeper into the scripture passage from this past Sunday morning. Whether you’re in a group or just wanting to talk around the dinner table, you can use this discussion guide as we allow God’s word to shape us together in community!
What ways have you seen God at work in your life the past week?
What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten (or one of your top 3)?
(Jesus has just finished feeding more than 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and fishes.)
14 When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” 15 When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.
16 That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. 17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. 18 Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 20 but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” 21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them. 23 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. 24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. 25 They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”
John 6:14-27 (NLT)
What’s the most miraculous thing you’ve ever seen or heard about?
Why do you think Jesus slips away from the crowd when they want to make him their king? If this were a modern politician, how do you think they would have responded?
If you had been out on the boat with the disciples, what would your reaction have been to Jesus coming across the lake on the water?
a. Come on, Jesus. That’s just showing off.
b. We’ve seen amazing things, but this is something else.
c. Who is this guy?
e. other _____________________
In the end, most of the crowds stop following Jesus, but the disciples remain. Why do you think their response is different?
What are some of the expectations we might have of Jesus that are “less than” who he wants to be in our lives?
What does it take to allow Jesus to be everything he wants in our lives?