Week 1

Hold Your Basket

Scripture: John 6:1-14

1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread 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. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus 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 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”


https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/198062?episode=4 (from 1:00 to 11:55)


Utilizing the passage above, the video, and today’s sermon, consider the following questions:

  1. 1. Why do you think Andrew and Philip’s proposals to answer the “what are we going to eat for dinner” question was so much less imaginative than the solution of Jesus? If you know you have unlimited resources, how does it change your perspective in how to solve a problem?
  2. Some have suggested that the source for the food could have been the people present – they had that much food all along, they just had not chosen to “take it out of their pockets.” If such a proposal were true, is this story still a miracle that there could be so much actually available – hidden in plain sight?
  3. The manna that God gave the Children of Israel in the wilderness (which would have been in the
    minds of the first people hearing John’s Gospel) would only be edible for that day, hence the term “our
    daily bread.” What does this tell us about hoarding resources?
  4. Ecclesiastes 5:12 says, “The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.” Why do you think that is? How has your level of joy been affected by abundance or less than abundance?
  5. Randy Alcorn says, “Giving is the only antidote to materialism.” Do you agree with that statement? Why or why not?
  6. Some people say that they give to God not money, but with their time, wisdom, and expertise.
  7. How do you react when celebrities give their presence for a cause? How would you react to know that they gave a six figure gift along with their presence?
  8. Randy Alcorn says in the video, “Tithing is the training wheels of giving.” What is your reaction to that statement? How did the story of the family who gave significantly toward ministries for women with unexpected pregnancies show what can happen past training wheels? Does the grandmother’s statement, “We have been blessed and it is our joy to be a blessing to other people” surprise you?