“Men at Work” – Feeding the 5,000 – Bruce Lerum

Sermon – John 6:1-14         

2 Kings 4: 42-44

Men at Work

 

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The crowd followed Jesus because they saw the miracles he performed.

Following Jesus is about more than what he does. It’s about who He is!

 

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Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

 

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A boy gave five loaves and two fish.

Giving to the point of actual, genuine sacrifice is a bit uncommon.

 

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Gen 22:2 Then God said [to Abraham], “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

 

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Jesus fed more than 15,000 people with five loaves and two fish.

God will care for us even when we give in amounts we never imagined we could.

 

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John 6:13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

 

Qs

1)    The crowd followed because of the great signs he had performed; the miracles. What would cause them to do that? How would that appeal to us?

 

2)    Sometimes giving happens with little or no regard for our own needs. Would be willing to give up your lunch if it was all you had? What do you suppose persuaded the boy to do that? (Remember that he had been listening to Jesus preach).

 

3)    How much of what you have are you willing to give that might even remotely put you in a place of having nothing to eat or a roof over your head?

 

4)    Not only was there enough food, but there were 12 baskets of leftovers. How could that be? What is the importance of Jesus saying, “Let nothing be wasted!”?

 

5)    How has the way you grew up – for instance, parental influence or your family’s economic status – influenced your own habits of wasting or not wasting, sharing, or giving?

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