Week 1 - Wednesday, June 24
Say a prayer before your meal. Then read aloud the background introduction and text, followed by one or more of the discussion questions.
Introduction: In John’s gospel, the miracles of Jesus are called “signs,” because they reveal the character of God. As such, they remain within the mystery of God and cannot be brought under human control.
When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus 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.
Discussion questions (choose one or all!! 10 minutes or hours!) *indicates questions that might be suitable for younger children
1. Have you ever followed someone or done something where you lost all track of time and forgot to do things like eat or sleep? Why were you so drawn in?
2. How do you feel fed by Jesus? How have you seen other people used by Jesus to feed and care for others?
3. *God tells us to share with one another. How do you feel when you are asked to share? How do you feel when someone shares with YOU?
4. Have you aver faced a task that felt so incredibly overwhelming? (like feeding 5,000 yourself?) Who or what helped you? Prayer? A friend’s encouragement?