Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 9th – 15th July 2018)
ICE BREAKER: Share about a time when you ate, felt full, but not satisfied. Why was that and how did you feel (other than not satisfied)?
FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: READ John 6:27-59
1. We experience and chase after different kinds of fullness: Communication and Stuff being 2 examples. Perhaps you can think of others? The drive for fulness can leave us feeling a little ‘blue.’ What in your life can you not live without? How do you react/feel when the power goes out (load shedding), or the phones and Internet go down? Do you enjoy what you have or are you always striving for more? An insidious nature for hunger makes you a consumer more than an enjoyer? Do you agree?
2. Think about the people in the story – less than 24 hrs have passed, they follow Jesus looking for another miracle. What similarities do you see in yourself or even in others, in the way that they follow Jesus today?
3. If people in this story represent all of humanity, past and present, what does it say about us that we receive a miracle, answer to prayer, etc. one day and on the next we say to God, “What will you do for me/us now?”
4. CS Lewis made the statement: “I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are substitutes for joy?” Reflecting on this and that Jesus said: “I am the Bread of Life” (v. 35) – What do you think Jesus meant by this?
5. Some ways we can get to satisfaction is to follow some spiritual disciplines. Fasting comes to mind. Not everyone can fast from food. What other ways could one fast, remembering that it is a practice of self-denial?
6. Rob Fuquay, makes the suggestion that “we move from Expecting to Accepting.” What do you think this could mean?
7. He also says, “Focus more on feeding than on being fed.” Quite powerful words that remind us to focus on making others full instead of making oneself full. This is part of our call to Discipleship. In offering yourself or your resources to others have you ever experienced a sense of being fed when you focussed on feeding the other? Share this experience with your group.