Raising Believers on The Last Day

Start with Prayer.
Praise God for your weekend the good and the bad. 
Ask God to bless you and to use you to do his work this week.
Ask Him to help you focus as you read and pray.
 
Read John 6:35-40.
Remember that Jesus is talking to the crowd that he fed with fish and bread.
What does Jesus tell this crowd in v. 36?
What is Jesus talking about in v.37
Who is Jesus going to raise up on the last day?
What is the last day?
Belief is so important but it needs to be belief in the right Jesus. Why do you think the crowd did not believe in Jesus? What was their hang up?
Do you believe in the biblical Jesus or do you just want to get something out of him like the crowd?
 
End with prayer.
Confess your sins and surrender your life to Jesus. 
Confess to God that you will submit to him 100% and you will do whatever he asks.
Pray for the person that you know that does not know Jesus. 
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 

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The Bread of Life

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask God to help you focus.
 
Read John 6:22-35
This passage is deeply connected to the story about Jesus feeding the 5,000+.
Jesus provided physical food and now he is telling them about spiritual food; namely himself.
What did Jesus tell the crowd to work for in v.27?
What does Jesus say is the work of God that feeds the soul in v.29?
What does Jesus compare himself to?
What does Jesus call himself in v.32?
What does Jesus call himself in v.35?
What are the benefits of the bread of life?
Do you believe in the bread of life? Have you tasted it and been blessed?
Is your soul weary and troubled? Do you lack peace and joy?
It is because your soul is hungry and you need the bread of life.
 
End with prayer.
Tell Jesus that you believe and that you desire for him to fill your spirit.
Thank God for this passage and for spiritual food.
Pray for the person you know that has not tasted the bread of life.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory. 

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Do Not Be Afraid

Start with prayer.
Praise God for a new day and pray that you would glorify God with your day.
Confess your sins to God and ask God to help you change.
Ask God to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 6:16-21
Where was Jesus when his disciples took the boat out to sea?
Why in the world did they leave without him? Read Matt. 14:22
What did Jesus command lead them into?
This is a good picture of the obedient Christian life.
Think about all the characters in the Bible that God leads into trials.
To be Jesus disciple is to head into trouble.
When trouble comes remember these words “It is I; do not be afraid.”
The storm could not keep Jesus away and neither will our troubles.
 
End with prayer.
Thank Jesus for being there with you in your troubles. Thank him for the peace that he can provide in the toughest of situations.
Pray that you would be obedient to his commands even if they make life harder.
Pray for the person you know that does not know Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 

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Physical or Spiritual King?

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Confess your sins to God and ask for forgiveness and strength to change.
Ask God to help you focus during your time of worship as you read and pray.
 
Read John 6:1-15
Why did the crowd follow him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee?
When Israel wandered in the wilderness God provided “manna” for them which was a thin bread-like substance. 
How is this similar to that story? What does this tell us about Jesus?
What did the people call Jesus after he provided food for them in v. 14?
How is this title NOT an accurate description of who Jesus is?
Why did Jesus NOT want the crowd to make him into their king?
How might physical blessings have a negative affect on our relationship with God?
What did Jesus NOT want to get dragged into or be a part of?
 
End with prayer.
Praise God for meeting your physical needs but even more so for meeting your spiritual needs.
Praise God for giving you peace and joy. Praise him for your salvation and for eternal life.
Pray for the person you know that does not know Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Enough Evidence To Believe

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Spend time confessing sin and praising God for his grace.
Ask God to help you focus and to remove distractions.
 
Read John 5:30-47
Have you ever been called to the witness stand in a hearing? I have not and I hope I never have to.
What witnesses does Jesus talk about in this passage?
What is the greatest testimony to who Jesus is? v.36
What do these things tell us about Jesus?
What issue was Jesus confronting? 
Many people ask “Is there enough evidence to prove Jesus is God The Son?”
What is Jesus answer to this very common question?
Do you believe? Have you been given enough evidence? 
What would you testify about Jesus? That he was a good teacher, just another nice religious man or God The Son?
If Jesus is God The Son does he belong on the shelf in a buffet of man made world religions?
Does your life testify that Jesus is the way to eternal life or the law is the way to eternal life?
 
End with prayer.
Confess your belief in Jesus to Jesus himself.
Thank God for providing all the evidence you need for belief.
Pray for the person you know that does not believe.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory
 
 

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Week End Review

Ask God to help you focus as you read.
Read the entire weeks readings at one time.
What stands out to you the most? Do you see any patterns or repeated words?
What was the best thing about your week?
What was the worst thing about your week?
Spend time thanking God and praising God.
Pray for God to bless our church gathering tomorrow.
Pray for unity and strength and love for the entire church.
Pray for a great weekend.

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The Son of God

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Confess your sins and praise God for his grace and mercy.
Ask God to help you focus.
 
Read John 5:18-29.
Why did the Jews want to kill Jesus?
What does v.19-23 reveal about who Jesus is? What word appears over and over?
A key theme in John is that Jesus is The Son of God. 
John 20:31 gives us the purpose of this book. What is it?
Why do you think it is so important to know that Jesus is The Son of God?
If a good teacher died for you would he have saved you from sin and death?
Could a nice man have risen from the dead and defeated Satan?
Could a “good” man have been good enough to be the “lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”?
Think about it. God himself died for us not just a human. 
 
End with prayer.
Thank Jesus for his sacrifice.
Ask God to help you live life to the fullest and for his glory.
Pray for the person that does not know Jesus The Son of God.
Pray for the next person in the church directory.

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Jesus Is Our True Remedy

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God.
Confess your sins to God and thank him for his grace.
Ask God to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 5:1-17.
What did Jesus ask the man who had been an invalid for 38 years?
What did the invalid think was the remedy to his problem?
What was the true remedy for him?
What day did Jesus heal the man?
What did the Jews say to the man who was healed?
What is the problem with their response?
Notice that the man’s name is never mentioned and that his first identity is invalid and his second identity is healed.
Can you relate to this at all? How?
What did Jesus tell the “healed” man in v.14?
What came first the healing or the good fruit?
How did Jesus feel about the Sabbath? v.17
What false remedies are you turning to for healing or to “fix” you?
 
Close in prayer.
Turn to Jesus the true remedy and ask him to heal your soul and to renew a right spirit within you.
Thank Jesus for sacrificing so much so that you can be healed and produce the things of God.
Pray for the person you know that has not been healed by Jesus yet.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 

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Jesus Heals

Start with Prayer
Give God the glory he deserves. 
Confess your sins to him and praise him for his forgiveness and grace and for making you new.
Ask God to help you focus and ask him to remove distractions.
 
Read John 4:46-54
Why did the official ask Jesus to heal his son?
What would have kept him from asking?
What does this healing tell us about Jesus?
Do you have the faith to ask Jesus for big things?
Read James 5:14-16. 
What does this passage tell us to do? 
Are you practicing these things in your life?
 
End with prayer.
Ask God to give you faith to pray for big things.
Praise God for the privilege of prayer and for listening to your requests.
Pray for the person you know that does not have faith. 
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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