WITH JESUS, IT’S ENOUGH JOHN 6:1-15 01/20/2019
Pastor Troy VanHorn
HEAD: What did I learn?
(How did my understanding of God change, what thought, fact, or insight did I discover?)
HEART: What did I feel?
(Does it match up with what God has said about me in His Word? Does it move me closer to Him or separate us?)
HANDS: What will I do about it?
(Is there a sin to repent of and confess, is there an attitude to change, a behavior to stop or start?)
Describe your ‘Go-To’ meal. You know, the one that makes it into the weekly menu.
In John 6:6, Jesus tested Philip. His test was not intended to prompt action, but to prompt a correct belief, to develop Philip’s faith and understanding. How has Jesus tested you to correct your belief? How has he developed your understanding and leadership by testing you? How has God used a lack of resources or inability to test your faith?
Jesus is making a statement to the people that he is the one who can provide-just like the Old Testament prophets. He can provide for all of our needs-our daily bread! EVEN when our resources seem small! (Exodus 16, 2 Kings 4:5-6,42-44, and many other incidents!) How can you trust Jesus even when your resources seem small?
The disciples gathered up twelve baskets of leftovers from the people. Nothing was wasted. How can you be a better steward/manager of what God has given you? Where is there some ‘waste’ in your life that can be gathered up? Is it time, energy, money, talents or abilities? How can you begin to put these things to use? Who could benefit from what you usually ‘waste?’
Moses was the prophet when God provided manna for the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness. Check out Exodus 16. Each day there was just enough to eat. Jesus miraculously provides food for the crowd and there are twelve baskets of leftovers that were gathered up. Nothing wasted. Jesus is a better prophet than Moses. He is a qualified host to care for all, and so people then attempt to make him king-a new Exodus for Israel. But Jesus is not the kind of king they are looking for. He is entirely different. Greater than Moses, David, and every other king.
The Israelites were looking for redemption from Rome. A restoration to their perceived place of dominance atop the political heap in the world. America is a great nation. Our greatness does not come because God loves Americans more than other people. It comes because our culture, at one time, honored religious freedom and God’s grace
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