Good morning Christ’s beloved, today is Wednesday, February 27th, 2019. I am praying we all see the blessings God’s placed upon us, throughout this week. In today’s passage we will be pouring through a section of John where Jesus utterly confuses his disciples. We will see a tension build in the difference between what the disciples take as priority for nourishment and what Christ says nourishes his soul. What a blessing it is we get to see God as a man! -Max
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
_ What was the best thing that happened to you this last week? What was the most difficult?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What physical act are the disciples urging Jesus to partake in? V.31. Why were they urging him to eat? Please use John 4:29-30 to help answer the above questions.
_ How does Jesus respond to their concern? How do the disciples react to his response V.32
_ Christ, knowing the disciples hearts, in grace, further explains his response from V.32. What does Jesus say his food/nourishment is? V.34.
_ Jesus then transitions from talking about nourishment to a certain type of work; harvesting. What is Jesus using the harvest to represent of the work the Father has sent him to accomplish? V.35-36
_ Who is the sower, and who is the reaper Jesus mentions? V.36
_ Verse 37 is a reference to Job 31:8. Who is Jesus referring to as the sowers, to which the disciples are entering as only reapers? V.37-38. Please use Matthew 13:1-23 as reference.
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_After reading how the Father sent Jesus to ‘reap the harvest’, the harvest of souls; how might this move, convict, and encourage you to take a simple step of obedience in the harvest you have joined Christ in?
_ How does the Gospel of Christ liberate you from hiding and living in sin?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)