Sunday, May 12, 2024

Romans 1:1-6 & John 6:2-14

Starting Out:
1. In what circumstances is it easy for you to share God’s love with others?

Read Romans 1:1-6:
2. Why might Paul have started his letter to the church in Rome by identifying himself as a servant (slave) of Christ?
3. What truths about Jesus does Paul list? Why might these be important enough to mention?
4. Paul received both grace and a call to apostleship from Jesus. Are we called to receive grace and become apostles as well? Why or why not?
5. Why is the call of God necessary to belong to Christ?

Read John 6:2-14:
6. What is the difference between Jesus’ response to the crowd and the disciples’? What does each response reveal about their character?
7. Should Jesus’ solution to the crowd’s hunger been obvious to the disciples? Why or why not?
8. Philip pointed out the problem of the hungry crowd and Andrew diagnosed the scale of it, but Jesus had both men participate in gathering up the excess food at the end of the meal. Why would Jesus be concerned with not wasting food when he could create more out of thin air?

Taking it Home:
9. What characterizes a person who lives as a slave to Jesus?
10. Philip responded to Jesus’ invitation by stating that the mission couldn’t be accomplished (v. 7). Andrew, on the other hand, pointed out that there wasn’t enough (v. 9). What excuse have you used recently to avoid accepting God’s great invitation?
11. In what ways is our church taking seriously Jesus’ concern for others and reaching more people in His name? How can we (as individuals and as a group) join in what our church is doing?
12. Jesus’ mission to save the world one person at a time continues through his Church to this day. What is one way you can specifically pray for, serve, and/or witness to someone in your Oikos this week in Jesus name?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
Acts 13, Romans 10:5-21, Isaiah 49