Community Group Leader’s Guide
For the week of February 10, 2019
- Complete study guide and pray for your group before they arrive
- Have refreshments available
- Check e-mail for VBS Prayer partner assignment and directions.
Submit your group’s attendance online through your email you receive at the conclusion of your meeting.
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there a particular point, verse or comment that caught your attention, challenged you or raised a question?
1.When it comes to food and eating out we all have different preferences. Where do you eat out the most and what’s your “go-to” meal there? What’s your absolute favorite restaurant and your favorite entrée to order?
2. How do you unwind when you return from work or a trip: Eat? Read? Sleep? Play? TV?
(We will focus on the disciples eye witness account of feeding the 5000 by reading the same story through different perspectives from the disciples Luke, John, and Mark. Keep in mind that this miracle occurred when the disciples were taking a “vacation” with Jesus. They just returned from a demanding ministry assignment, and Jesus invites them to take a break by sailing to a different place on the small Sea of Galilee.)
After reading the passage, discuss the following questions.
Luke 9:10-17 (NIV)
10 When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11 but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.”
They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14 (About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
1. From what do you need a rest:
- Work hassles?
- Church activities?
- Community activities?
- School deadlines
2. Surprise! There are 5000 men, plus women and children, waiting on the shore. The disciples thought they were getting a break (Mark 6:31) but they ended up serving. If you were one of the disciples, how would you have felt?
John 6:1-15 (NIV)
6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
3. What was the test that Jesus was using on Philip?
(For further discussion: In His Parable of the Sower, Jesus identifies the ones who fall away as those who receive the seed of God’s Word with joy, but, as soon as a time of testing comes along, they fall away. James says that the testing of our faith develops perseverance, which leads to maturity in our walk with God (James 1:3–4). James goes on to say that testing is a blessing, because, when the testing is over and we have “stood the test,” we will “receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). Testing comes from our heavenly Father who works all things together for good for those who love Him and who are called to be the children of God (Romans 8:28).
The testing or trials we undergo come in various ways. Becoming a Christian will often require us to move out of our comfort zones and into the unknown. Perseverance in testing results in spiritual maturity and completeness. This is why James wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). )
4. How are you like Philip and Andrew – failing to remember something about Jesus when you face a difficult situation?
Mark 6:30-44 (NIV)
30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”
They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[a]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”
When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
5. Why would Jesus tell the disciples, “you give them something to eat”?
6. List anything out of interest from the three different accounts of the day and share with the group your thoughts.
TAKING IT HOME
(This would be a good time to separate the men and women so that moving into prayer time will be easier)
1. What insight about Jesus will you remember from this story?
2. Jesus had compassion on the crowd. Where do you need to experience His compassion?
- at home
- in relationships
- at work
3. This real life story can be summarized in the following statement; “A lot of people believe in a God that they don’t have faith in.” How can your group pray for you to grow in your faith in an area that seems impossible right now?
Discuss and pray about what this group could do to help someone in need.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR YOUTH WHO ARE AT CAMP THIS WEEKEND AS THEY ARE CHALLENGED TO GROW IN THEIR FAITH, MAKE LIFE COMMITMENTS TO JESUS CHRIST, AND BE RADICALLY CHANGED AS A RESULT OF ENCOUNTERING GOD EVEN IN THE “WASTELAND” OF LIFE.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
FPU is a nine-lesson course taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts. Through life-changing videos, online tools and resources, and group accountability, our church members will learn how to create and stick to a budget, save for emergencies, pay off debt, and plan for the future.
Classes start on February 10. Click the button below to register!
THE SHINE EFFECT
Celebrate Recovery is hosting a concert by The Shine Effect, an incredible rock band with a powerful testimony to share how God changed their lives through hurts, habits, and hang-ups. If you have ever been curious about C.R., this is an excellent opportunity to check it out. The same rule of “who you see here and what is said here, stays here” applies. The concert is Thursday, February 14 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Find out more by going to www.crtampa.com or to check out the band go to www.theshineeffect.net. The concert is a free event and childcare 0-12 is provided.
WAYS TO SERVE
Your group has been assigned an area to pray over weekly for our upcoming VBS. Please see your Leader for that assignment and pray daily as well.