The Point: Jesus is the Bread of life who gives us true satisfaction.
- Get Into the Study
- Study the Bible
- Additional Questions
- Member Extra
- Tips for Leading Bible Study Groups
Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
Say: Sometimes in life, there can be too much of a good thing.
Then share this news story:
Best Buy, the U.S. retail store that sells all kinds of electronics, understood the importance of recycling electronics. So several years ago, they set up a free, in-store collection program where their customers could drop-off their unwanted, unused electronics for recycling. But the recycling program has been such a huge, overwhelming success, that Best Buy now needs to scale back the program. Since 2009, Best Buy has collected more than 1 billion pounds of electronic waste. With the mounting costs of handling and transporting all this waste – televisions, computer monitors, batteries, ink cartridges – Best Buy is now charging customers a fee for some larger items ($25 for a television or computer monitor that is recycled). And in some states, Best Buy will no longer accept these large items.
Then read Question #1 (“When have you recently had too much of a good thing?”)(PSG, p. 13) and call for volunteers to respond.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
Donna McKinney has recently retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in Apex, North Carolina.
Study the Bible
Use the following activity in your discussion of the John 6:26-27 Scripture passage.
Divide your group into subgroups of three or four people each. Briefly introduce Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, and play the following video clip for your class. Afterwards, instruct your group members to discuss the following questions within their subgroups. If time allows, invite volunteers to share their responses aloud.
Which of these have you believed would provide contentment?
- Career success
Did it work? For how long? When/how did it eventually fail?
Why do you believe Tom Brady, one of America’s most successful men, is left asking, “Is there something else out there for me?”
Emily Jennings wrote this Leader Extra. Emily is wife to Brian and Mommy to her three sweet boys. She loves serving at FBC, Woodstock, Georgia, where her husband is Middle School Pastor. Find her on Twitter @emilyejennings.
- What one thing would make you happy if you could afford to buy it?
- How difficult is it to satisfy your hunger?
- What is a food you can always eat more of?
- What’s the best meal you’ve eaten recently?
- When have you been overloaded with too much of a good thing?
- Why did the people misunderstand Jesus?
- What does Jesus’ response say about Him?
- When is it okay to seek God for selfish reasons? Explain.
- What are some ways that we take God’s miracles in our own lives for granted?
- What are some benefits of following Jesus?
- What are the deepest needs of human beings?
- In what ways were the people not prepared for Jesus’ response?
- Why may Jesus’ identification of Himself have been confusing?
- Why do we often ignore our spiritual needs?
- How do we mask our deeper need for God in other less-eternal needs?
- How can we tell the difference between God ignoring our questions and simply telling us to wait for His answers?
- What would it look like to never be spiritually hungry or thirsty again?
- How would you explain the term “bread of life” so someone who’s never heard it?
- How would you describe your experiences with the “bread of life”?
- How do we benefit from Jesus as the Bread of Life?
- Why is it that we tend to focus more immediate, temporal needs?
- How do we find the balance between reaching real physical needs and ministering to the deeper spiritual needs of those around us?
- What do these verses teach us about the nature and character of God?
- What do these verses communicate about eternal life?
- How do these verses contribute to your understanding of salvation?
- What is required for a person to believe in Jesus and come to Him?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional: