“5000+ Hungry People”
Series: “Reclaimed” (Part 4 of 5)
#ReclaimedPeople

1 “Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 “Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” -John 6:1-5 (NIV)

35 “By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. ‘This is a remote place,’ they said, ‘and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.’” -Mark 6:35-36 (NIV)

6 “He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, ‘It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!’” -John 6:6-7 (NIV)



When the Problem is Bigger than Us…
1. Sometimes God just wants to see if we’ll .


“You give them something to eat.” -Mark 6:37 (NIV)



2. Sometimes God wants to work .


“You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” -1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)




3. God always starts .

8 “Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 ‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’ 10 Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.” -John 6:8-13 (NIV)

 



Questions:
•    What do you have?


•    Will you ask God to open your eyes to someone you can help?

 

 

Digging Deeper-

READ: John 6:1-14, Matthew 17:20


1.    During this time, what has been the WORST and BEST thing you’ve seen/experienced?


2.    Why do you think so many were following Jesus? Why do you think John mentions that the Jewish Passover festival was near? Why would Jesus ask Philip a question he already new the answer to? What does Philip's response tell us about him? What does Andrew's response tell us about him? Do you think the boy voluntarily offered his food? If there were thousands of people present how did a boy make it to the center of where Jesus was?


3.    If it were JESUS asking you about feeding/helping thousands of people during an impossible crisis, how do you think you would respond? Jesus didn’t just want to tell people about God, he also wanted to meet a need. What needs could you meet in your community/neighborhood with what you have in your possession (have any extra toilet paper or hand sanitizer)?


4.    I know the time we are living in can be challenging, but I truly believe in challenging times God can do his greatest works in our heart. What is your greatest need right now? How can God use “what you have, to work through you, and to grow your faith?”

 

 

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