Week of May 27, 2018

1 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!”” (John 6:1-14)

Main Points

- ALL ABOUT JESUS: God comes to us right where we are, just as we are, but refuses to leave us there.

- IF you follow Jesus long enough and far enough, eventually you are going to trespass into the impossible. The truth is that we don’t worship a God who just DID miracles, we worship a God who DOES miracles.

- God is not against doing the extraordinary in what you consider ordinary.

Discussion Questions

1.) “Anything God has ever done, He can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, He can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, He can do for you.” A.W. Tozer - What does this quote mean for you?

2.) Why does it seem discouraging to picture a life of quiet, humble obedience?

3.) What are some specific areas in your life that you could learn to see the miraculous in the monotonous?

4.) Can you think of an example of how God has done a lot with the little that you gave to Him?

5.) What are some areas that you have been carrying around emotional pain that has caused relational damage? Could be in your relationship with God or with others.