1. Put yourself in the shoes of the disciples, and describe what it would have been like to face the problems of vv. 5-9 and vv. 16-18. What problems were they facing?
2. Looking at verses 10-12, and verses 19-21, how does Jesus answer these problems?
3. What does this pair of stories demonstrate for us about the scope of issues Jesus is capable of dealing with?
4. Looking at vv. 14-15, what do you think is wrong with how the crowd initially responds to Jesus? Can you think of how you are tempted to respond to Jesus in a similar way?
5. The sermon encourages each of us to trust Jesus with our biggest problem. Do you find it easy or difficult to come to Jesus with the tough problems in your life? Why do you think that is?How do these two stories affect your ability to trust Jesus with these big problems?
6. Finally, the sermon encourages us to consider how God is calling us as a church help with the problems around us. What is one tangible step that you want to see us take as a church in moving towards the problems around us?
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, butwhat are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.