Today is Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Jesus performs the sign of feeding over five thousand people at the time of the Passover. Passover reminded the Jews of God’s provision, of the sacrificial lamb in place of their eldest sons in Egypt, of Moses leading them out of slavery, of manna from heaven in the wilderness. For us, this sign reminds of the provision in another kind of bread, the broken bread we celebrate in communion, where we remember the breaking of Christ’s body at Passover, as He, the sacrificial Lamb, took away the sins of the world. Here Jesus makes it clear that he is the promised Messiah, the Prophet who is to come. --Monica
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?
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)
[ John 6:1-15 ]
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” 15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
+ 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)
_ (v. 1-4) What context does John give readers to situate this story in time and history?
_ (v. 5-6) Why does Jesus question Philip?
_ (v.7-9) What does the disciple’s response indicate about their perspective on the situation? (A denarius was one day’s wage).
_ (v.10-11 ) Despite the apparent lack of provision, what does Jesus do? How might this be a challenge to our earthly perspectives?
_ (v.11-13 ) How do we know Jesus provided in abundance?
_ (v.14) How do the people respond? “The Prophet who is to come” is a reference to the one Moses says that God will raise from among the people in Deut 18. But the Jews believed that Moses was the greatest prophet, so in recognizing Jesus as the Prophet, they essentially recognize Jesus was the promised Messiah.
_(v. 15) Why does Jesus leave? What does that show about his mission?
_What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
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
_ Do you really believe that God will provide both physically and spiritually for you, even in situations of lack?
_Do I readily obey Christ even when the situation seems impossible to me?
_Is there a way that your life would change if you lived fully in this truth?
+ 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)