Part 4: John 6:25-36
Life Group Questions
- How would Jesus’ listeners have heard Him as He talked about bread?
- What context did they have in understanding bread (making, eating, for sustenance)?
- In looking at Genesis 3:19, what did you learn about bread?
- Look at John 6:26. Why did Jesus say His disciples had followed Him? What does Jesus say they should in turn do? (Verse 27)
- In John 6, how does Jesus use the material to show their need for the immaterial? What is He teaching them through this truth about bread?
- Throughout these verses Jesus is proving that He is the only true fulfillment. How have you seen that to be true for you? Have you reached that truth?
- How can you be a spiritual breadwinner for the people in your life and not just filling the temporary needs of others?
- In what way do you need to make Jesus the main dish and not just a side dish? Share some practical ways you can live that out this week.
John 6:25-36 New International Version (NIV)
25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.
- He takes the material to show us our need for the immaterial.
- He re-frames our understanding of possession.
- He re-imagines bread-winning.
- He takes the critical and makes it accessible.