Happy Monday! In this account Jesus' band, having just come back from a busy time of ministry, are exhausted. Jesus invites them to get away to find rest only to discover Jesus displaying his power in a way they had not anticipated or experienced before.
_ What is on your mind that you are thankful for and what are you having a difficult time with?
_ What is one way you have seen Jesus working in the lives of those who he has placed in your orbit to love and help discover his way (gospel)?
Take some time to pray for those you are walking with to grow or discover Jesus, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 6.30-44 ]
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Use these questions to help make other observations)
_ What is happening in vs.30-32?
_ What happens when people get word of where they are going in vs. 33-34?
_ How does Jesus see foundational see people and what does he do in the later part of vs. 34?
_ When it started to get late what do his (exhausted) disciples suggest and what is Jesus' response to them in vs. 35-37?
_ What does Jesus do in vs.38-44?
_ What do we learn about our nature vs. Jesus nature in this passage?
_ Why do you think Jesus feeds the crowd?
_ What good-news about Jesus do we discover in this account?
+ HOW are you convicted of an area of sin to confess and how does this passage translate to your life? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
+ WHO in your life might you share what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)
THESE DAILY POSTINGS ARE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO ABIDE IN JESUS AND FOR GROUPS AS A GUIDE WHEN THEY MEET