How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

Joh 6:22-35 ESV

22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

Recall from Sunday:

God invites us to eternal life (6:22-27) by believing (6:28-29) in the One signified (6:30-33) and feasting on Him (6:34-35)

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

The crowd sought Jesus for another loaf of bread, but Jesus wanted them to receive eternal life. This Advent, what are you seeking God for? Has your relationship with God become just a series of requests about your finances or health? How is the Spirit challenging you to seek God for eternal things?

The crowd thought Jesus wanted them to do some kind of work in order to get bread from him, and we often approach God with this same transactional mentality. Are there ways you’ve slipped into trying to earn God’s favor, or trying make him obligated to help you by your work? How could you remind yourself that the work God desires is to trust in Jesus?

Without the good news of Jesus, many people have a vague idea of a transactional relationship with God. They think if they do enough good things they’ll be okay with God in the end. Who in your life is the Spirit bringing to mind who thinks this way? Could you invite them to an Advent service this year so they can hear the gospel?

If your group is struggling to relate to God beyond asking him for their daily needs, seek the Spirit together to discern how to relate better to Him. Maybe agree together to thank God at least once daily for the next week for the salvation you’ve received in Jesus. Or praise God for his mercy, love, creativity, etc. that don’t change based on our circumstances

If your hearts are burdened by the Spirit for your friends who don’t yet know Jesus, plan for when you would like to invite them to church or talk to them about Jesus.