Apparently Pastor Jeremy really likes bread. What’s your “go to” bread product? What’s the best bread based food you have ever eaten?
When Jesus declared himself to be the bread of life, what two images did “Jesus as bread” evoke for the Jewish listeners? Why were these two images so powerful for them as a people?
How was Jesus the fulfillment of each of those images?
What did sharing a meal together mean for ancient people and what does it mean for us today?
Jesus is the bread of LIFE. What are the three types of “life” that are talked about in Scripture? Which one was Jesus using here?
Have you ever had the perfect day and at some point you said “this is living”. What was it and what did you mean by that?
In John 10:10, Jesus says that “I have come that you may have life and have life more abundantly.” How does our definition and understating of “ZOE life” add to our understanding of this phrase?
Something always has to die in order for us to live and be nourished. When Jesus broke the bread with his disciples he said, “This is my body broken for you.” And then Jesus goes to the cross and he dies. Jesus died so that he could become your strength and your life. How can Jesus practically become this for you this week?
This passage plays out like a courtroom drama. What was Jesus being accused of? How would you summarize the way Jesus responded to the accusations?
On Sunday I gave the illustration of EV Rieu, who after translating the gospels went from being an agnostic to a Christ-follower. What has been the most dramatic effect Scripture has made on your life?
Who were the witnesses that Jesus called to the stand?
How did each of these witnesses support the claims that Jesus was making of his divinity?
Of all of these witnesses, which one is the most compelling to you and why?
Jesus pointed out what the Jew’s main problem was in verses 39-40. What was it? How might we be guilty of the same thing?
On Sunday I gave another illustration of looking out over the city from the top of the Commodity Exchange Building and having someone come up beside me and marvel at the beauty of the window and its frame. How can we ensure in the week ahead that this will not happen to us in the way we approach the bible? You may want to refer to Matthew 13:10-13.