Discussion Questions

The Meaning of Miracles

Discussion Questions for Week 6: What’s For Lunch?

1. What stood out to you from the message this past Sunday? Was there anything that was new or surprising? Was there anything you disagreed with, or found difficult?

2. Read two accounts of the well-known story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 men—in Mark 6:31-44 and John 6:1-14. What is the same in these two accounts? What is different?

3. How does Jesus react when he sees the crowd? How do the disciples view the crowd? When you are faced with people in need, do you identify more with Jesus or with the disciples?

4. Read Matthew 6:25-34. What light does this teaching by Jesus shed on the miracle story?

5. Have there been times in your life when something you needed was provided in a surprising or unexplainable way? Share your story with the group. (Break into smaller groups of 2 or 3 if the group is large.) Do you see that provision as being a miracle? Why or why not?

6. In Mark and Luke’s accounts of this miracle, Jesus tells the disciples to have the people sit down in groups of 50 and 100. Why do you think Jesus does that?

7. Read how the early followers of Jesus lived in Acts 4:32-35. What connection—if any—do you think this passage has with the miracle story?

8. After the miraculous feeding of the crowd, how did people respond, and why? What does this tell us about how they viewed Jesus? Can you think of times you have viewed Jesus in a similar way?

9. Break into groups of 2 or 3, and share one or more of the following:

    • One or two ways in which you feel God has provided abundantly for you
    • Any specific need you have at the moment
    • Thoughts on how you can help meet the need of a neighbor, friend or family member

Take some time to pray for one another..

 

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