The Miracle and Me

The Miracle and “Me”
John 6:1-25
5 Ways Jesus Impacted His Disciples
in the Feeding of the 5,000
and Walking on Water.

  1. He centered their focus on the spiritual impact of the moment. (John 6:1-4)
    1. The reason people were following Jesus. (John 6:2)
    2. The how – Jesus sat and taught his disciples. (John 6:3)
  2. He built their faith. (John 6:6-9)
    1. The why – Jesus was going to test them. (John 6:6)
    2. Jesus’ question showed how differently people can think about life.
      1. Managerial.
      2. Missional.
  3. He involved them personally in His work. (John 6:10-13)
    1. The disciples are involved. (John 6:10)
    2. The Father is involved. (John 6:11a)
    3. The Savior is involved. (John 6:11b)
  4. He proved His presence with them in the storm. (John 6:14-18)
  5. He settled their fears. (John 6:19-21)
    1. Storms = struggles
      1. Soul care (John 6:20) – his care for us, our care for others.
      2. Jesus stands above that which brings us fear. (John 6:19)
    2. They were WILLING to let Jesus in the boat? (John 6:21)
    3. How often are people unwilling to let Jesus into their lives?

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What is the most difficult situation in which you have ever found yourself?
  2. In what exciting events have you recently participated? What made them exciting?
  3. Where did Jesus go? (John 6:1)
  4. Why did the crowd of people follow Jesus? (John 6:2)
  5. Where did Jesus and His disciples go? (John 6:3)
  6. What Jewish feast was near? (John 6:4)
  7. What question did Jesus ask Philip? (John 6:5)
  8. Why did Jesus ask Philip a question? (John 6:6)
  9. How did Philip respond to Jesus’ question? (John 6:7)
  10. Who was Andrew? (John 6:8)
  11. What role did Andrew play in feeding the five thousand? (John 6:8-9)
  12. What solution did Andrew propose to Jesus’ question? (John 6:8-9)
  13. What miracle did Jesus perform? (John 6:10-11)
  14. How much bread was left over? (John 6:12-13)
  15. How did the crowd of people respond to Jesus’ miracle? (John 6:14)
  16. What did the crowd of people intend to do? (John 6:15)
  17. What was Jesus’ reaction to the crowd’s intention? (John 6:15)
  18. For what reasons do people follow Jesus today?
  19. What makes you want to follow Jesus?
  20. What is your typical reaction to situations that seem to present no readily available solution?
  21. With what situations in life do you have a difficult time trusting God?
  22. What does God provide for us on a daily basis?
  23. In what ways do people attempt to use Jesus or His name inappropriately?
  24. What misconceptions have you had about Jesus or His role in your life?
  25. How and when has God miraculously provided for your needs?
  26. How can we trust God with our needs?
  27. What things do you need to thank God for providing?
  28. What tough situation do you need to trust God to work out in your life this week?

Proven by Jesus

PROVEN BY JESUS
What is the Real Truth of Christianity?
John 5:18-47 reveals two responses to the volatile attacks against the truth of Jesus.

  1. The First Response: the Self-Disclosure of Christ (John 5:18-30)
    1. Jesus: the fulfillment of God’s Word, Work, and Will (John 5:19)
    2. Jesus: God’s Only Son (John 5:20)
    3. Jesus: the Only Source of Life (John 5:21)
    4. Jesus: the Highest Place of Honor (John 5:22-23)
    5. Jesus: God’s truth and the Object of Our faith (John 5:24)
    6. Jesus: Relevance for every life (John 5:25-27)
    7. Jesus: The One Who Holds Eternal Life (John 5:28-30)
  2. The Second Response: The Testimonies of Heaven and History (5:31-47)
    1. God testifies (John 5:32, 37).
    2. John the Baptist Testifies (John 5:33-35).
    3. The Works of Christ Testify (John 5:36).
    4. The Scriptures Testify (John 5:38-40).

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What different groups of people have suffered persecution throughout history?
  2. What are some of the positive aspects of your relationship with your parents?
  3. Why did the Jews persecute Jesus? (John 5:16)
  4. Whose work did Jesus do? (John 5:17)
  5. Why did certain Jews want to kill Jesus? (John 5:18)
  6. What did Jesus say that the Son could do? (John 5:19)
  7. What did Jesus tell the Jews that He would show them? (John 5:20)
  8. What did Jesus say He was able to do? (John 5:21)
  9. To whom did God entrust all judgment? (John 5:22)
  10. Why did God entrust judgment to Christ? (John 5:23)
  11. How did Jesus say a person can gain eternal life? (John 5:24)
  12. What time did Jesus say had already come? (John 5:25)
  13. What did Jesus say the Father has in Himself that He has granted to the Son? (John 5:26)
  14. What time did Jesus say was coming? (John 5:28-29)
  15. Whom did Jesus say He desires to please? (John 5:30)
  16. In what way does the world persecute Christians today?
  17. How have you been persecuted as a believer?
  18. When have you experienced pressure not to practice or share your faith in Christ?
  19. Why does the world persecute Christians?
  20. How can we honor the Son and the Father with our lives?
  21. How can we know for sure that we have eternal life?
  22. Why should we feel secure in our relationship with God?
  23. How should we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ judgment?
  24. In what way are we like Jesus with respect to our relationship with God the Father?
  25. In what way is Jesus an example for us to follow?
  26. What steps can you take this week to enjoy more fully your relationship with your Heavenly Father?
  27. What can you do today to bring honor to God?
  28. How will you allow Jesus’ example in this passage of Scripture to influence your life this week?

Dangerous Substitutes for the Real Truth

Dangerous Substitutes for the Real Truth…
(and how Jesus corrected each)
John 5:1-17

  1. Substitute #1: culture.
    1. Three false conclusions: the lame man’s culture said,
      1. this is as good as it gets
      2. there is nothing you can do
      3. this is your normal. (John 5:5)
    2. One powerful truth: Jesus said, do you want to get well? (John 5:6)
  2. Substitute #2: limitations.
    1. Limitations bring helplessness and hopelessness. (John 5:7)
    2. Jesus brings restoration to your lost years. (John 5:8)
    3. Your mat: you carry IT, no longer let it carry YOU.
  3. Substitute #3: legalism.
    1. Jesus restores and frees: walk by My restoration in your life. (John 5:8-9)
    2. Legalism confines and restricts: walk by our rules. (John 5:10)
  4. Substitute #4: the status quo.
    1. The status quo always seeks a human standard of blessing.
      1. Don’t walk around like everyone else.
      2. Don’t sin any more; new life is now yours.
    2. Jesus always offers an eternal blessing. (John 5:14, 17)

Questions for Further Study:

  1. Why might someone prefer rules and regulations to freedom?
  2. In what way are relationships more important than rules and regulations?
  3. For what event did Jesus go to Jerusalem? (John 5:1)
  4. Who came to the pool near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem? (John 5:2-3)
  5. How long had the one invalid man been at the pool? (John 5:5)
  6. What did Jesus ask the invalid man? (John 5:6)
  7. How did the invalid man respond to Jesus’ question? (John 5:7)
  8. What did Jesus command the invalid man to do? (John 5:8)
  9. What happened to the invalid man after Jesus spoke to him? (John 5:9)
  10. On what day of the week did this miracle take place? (John 5:9)
  11. What did the Jews say to the healed man? Why? (John 5:10)
  12. How did the healed man respond to the Jews’ question? (John 5:11)
  13. What did the Jews ask the healed man? (John 5:12)
  14. Why didn’t the man know who healed him? (John 5:13)
  15. What did Jesus tell the man he had healed on their second encounter? (John 5:14)
  16. What did the healed man do after he spoke with Jesus a second time? (John 5:15)
  17. In what way do you think life is unfair?
  18. When have you felt as if life has dealt you a bad hand?
  19. When have you felt that God was waiting too long to do something you’d trusted Him to do?
  20. When do we tend to get impatient with God’s timing in our lives?
  21. On what in life, other than God, do we sometimes depend?
  22. Why do we attempt to take matters into our own hands, rather than trust God to work them out?
  23. When has someone tried to squelch your freedom in Christ with religious rules or regulations?
  24. Why do some people care more about keeping certain “religious” rules than they do about developing a meaningful relationship with Jesus?
  25. What rules tend to interfere with your enjoyment of your relationship with Christ?
  26. In what way has Jesus made you well?
  27. What is something you need to trust God with today?
  28. Who is someone you can encourage to enjoy his or her relationship with Christ this week?
  29. What “religious” rule that hinders your relationship with Christ will you make secondary to that relationship this week?

The Impact of the Empty Tomb

The Impact of the Empty Tomb Today

The Resurrection Account (Luke 24:1-12)

  1. Human reality
  2. Divine Reality
  3. When the Two Collide

The Resurrection Applied (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

  1. The Reality of Salvation in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1): Facts of the Christian Life
    1. “Heard the Gospel.”
    2. “Received the Gospel.”
    3. “Take You Stand.”
  2. The Human Reality (1 Corinthians 15:2): Challenges to the Christian Life
    1. “You are saved.”
    2. “You Hold Firm.”
    3. “Or, you have believed in Vain.”
  3. When the Two Collide (1 Corinthians 15:3-4): The Foundation of the Christian Life
    1. “Christ Died for Our Sins.”
    2. “He Was Buried.”
    3. “He Rose Again.”

Questions for Further Study:

  1. How do people pass on their beliefs and traditions to others?
  2. What do you think is important to pass on from one generation to the next?
  3. What do you want others to remember about you?
  4. How can a Christian avoid believing the gospel in vain? (1 Corinthians 15:1-2)
  5. Why is it important to “hold firmly to the word”? (1 Corinthians 15:2)
  6. Why did Paul pass on what he had received? (1 Corinthians 15:3)
  7. How did Christ’s life fulfill the Scriptures? (1 Corinthians 15:3)
  8. What are the key points of the gospel? (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
  9. To whom did Christ appear after His resurrection? (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)
  10. Why did Paul emphasize the facts of Christ’s resurrection? (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)
  11. Why did Paul describe himself as one “abnormally born”? (1 Corinthians 15:8)
  12. Why did Paul feel unworthy to be called an apostle? (1 Corinthians 15:9)
  13. For what reason was Paul able to call himself an apostle? (1 Corinthians 15:10)
  14. On what did Paul’s apostleship rest? (1 Corinthians 15:10)
  15. How would you describe, in your own words, the importance of the gospel to your life?
  16. What has God’s grace accomplished in you?
  17. In what one area of your life have you been stubborn about allowing God’s grace to work?
  18. What does it mean for you to hold firmly to the gospel?
  19. What are the implications of the fact that the truth of the gospel is of first importance to God?
  20. What difference does it make that Christ’s death and resurrection fulfilled Old Testament prophecy?
  21. How does Christ appear or make Himself known to us today?
  22. What evidence could you use to persuade others this week about the truth of the gospel?
  23. How could you rely on God’s grace in your efforts to tell your friends about Christ?