Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on March 14, 2021
Passage: John 6:25-35
This Sunday, Mike began a new series called “Jesus.” Over the next seven weeks we will be looking at the 7 “I am” statements that Jesus made about himself in the gospel of John. In this first message, Mike examined what it means for Jesus to be the Bread of Life.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
When you are really hungry, what is your “go to” food/snack?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Jesus had just fed over 5000 people miraculously with a boy’s lunch. The people found him after he had crossed the sea and Jesus knew exactly why they had followed Him. They didn’t want Jesus but what He could provide them, namely food! In verse 26, Jesus told them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.”
Think back to when you first began following Jesus. What were your reasons for following Him?
As you think about your relationship with Jesus today, what reasons do you have for following Him? Do you think He is honored and pleased by those reasons? Why or why not?
2. Jesus tells the crowd that they shouldn’t hunger for temporal things but rather that food (Jesus Himself as the Bread of Life) which will lead to eternal life. In other words, the soul will not be satisfied by anything except a relationship with Jesus Christ. Seeking happiness in the offerings of this world is futile because our soul was created to be satisfied in Jesus alone. Based on the verses below, why do you think some people have a difficult time finding satisfaction in Jesus himself?
Psalm 107:9 (ESV)
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
Psalm 22:26 (ESV)
The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever!
Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
What do you think it means to be hungry for Jesus?
Has Christ alone provided the satisfaction and joy that your soul has sought? If not, what might be getting in the way?
3. In the message, Mike explained that our natural inclination is to work for God’s approval. The crowds asked, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus didn’t give them a list of things they should try. Instead, He told them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
Why do you think most people have difficulty grasping the concept that faith in Jesus is enough to attain salvation?
What do the verses below say about a person’s attempt to fulfill their hungering souls with works rather than faith?
Isaiah 64:6 (NLT2)
We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
Romans 6:23 (NLT2)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Philippians 3:9 (NLT2)
I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
Why do you think faith in Jesus is what pleases the Father (see Hebrews 11:1) and satisfies our soul rather than works alone?
Take a moment and examine your life. Are there any habits, hurts, or hobbies that might be dulling your hunger for Jesus. If so, what steps do you need to take this week to make Jesus the satisfier of your soul?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?