Say a prayer before your meal. You can use one of the prayers on the last page. Then read aloud the background introduction and text, followed by one or more of the discussion questions.
Introduction: After feeding more than 5,000 people in the wilderness (see week 1 reading), Jesus teaches them regarding the true significance of this remarkable sign.
Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day.”
1. *Why, when, and what do you complain about? Does complaining ever help? How do you think God regards our complaints?
2. When you know something about a person’s background (eg., his parents), how does that influence what you think about that person?
3. Does God “draw” some and not others? What help does the Gospel writer give? See John 12:32.
4. In verses 44-47, what does Jesus promise for now and in the future?
5. *Tell about your favorite teacher. Why is he/she your favorite?
*indicates questions that might be suitable for younger children