by Pastor Gene
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. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
- What did the people mean in 6:34 when they said, “Sir, give us this bread always”? Were they being sincere? Sarcastic? Naïve? Shallow? What’s your sense of it?
- How is their response similar to that of the Samaritan woman in John 4:1-9? How is their response different? Do either understand what Jesus is offering?
- Some say “seeing is believing”; is it? See John 6:36. What’s the truth then? How do we really ‘see’?
- In John 6:39-40, Jesus describes the “will” of the Father in three subpoints. What are they? Is it possible that Jesus could fail to fulfill any one of these three points?
- Were someone to ask you if it is possible for a truly saved person to lose his or her salvation, what would you say? How would you prove your answer?
- Can anyone who comes to Jesus be rejected? (See 6:37)
- If a person who comes to Jesus is ever lost, or is not resurrected on the “last day,” what would that mean to Jesus’ mission? (See 6:29)
- In John 10:22-26, Jesus explained to some of ‘the Jews’ why they refused to believe in Him. What reason did He give? What’s odd about His answer?
- In Acts 13:41, were those who ‘believed’ appointed to eternal life?
- What is Hebrews 6:4-6 saying? Does it teach that a believer can fall away from Jesus once he or she has been saved? What does it mean then?
- Look carefully at 1 Peter 1:3-5. How do we become ‘born again’? What are four ways Peter describes a believer’s ‘inheritance’? How are those who have received this ‘inheritance’ protected?
- In Jude 24, what is God ‘able’ to do?
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