Thankful Hands (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “Thankful Hands” from our series, “Thankful.”

Discussion Questions:


  1. What are ten things you are thankful for in your life? Why are you thankful for them?
  2. This week, we continue our series, “Thankful,” by looking at a well-known story in John 6:1-15. Ask God to speak to you, and then read these verses aloud.
  3. In the flow of John’s Gospel, Jesus has now moved from Jerusalem back to his home area in the north of Israel called Galilee. He has a significant following, which isn’t a surprise, but this poses a unique problem. What is the problem facing Jesus and His disciples in this situation?
  4. How would you describe the difference between Jesus’ way of seeing and Philip’s way of seeing in verses 5 and 6?
  5. Andrew, another of the disciples, has found a small child with some food. The barley loaves were less common than wheat loaves, but were the bread of the poor. The small fish were likely dried fish. This is simple food. How would you describe the difference between Jesus’ assessment of the food and Andrew’s assessment of the food?
  6. Our lives are a lot like the food of this small child. What do you think the difference might be between how Jesus sees you and how you see yourself, or even how others see you? What might it look like to see who you are and what you have through Jesus’ eyes?
  7. Jesus “took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed” in verse 11. One Bible scholar writes: “the decisive act that accomplishes the miracle is the act of ‘giving thanks’.” What do you think that means in this story?
  8. There are echoes of Moses and his leadership of Israel throughout this passage. Where do you see those echoes and what do you think might be the significance of these echoes to help us understand Jesus?
  9. In John’s gospel, this is the first “hands-on” miracle. Jesus literally takes the bread in his hands and performs a miracle with it. What might it mean for Jesus to take you and your life into His hands today?
  10. What is one thing you will take away from this study? How will your daily life be different because of it? Take some time to pray – talk with God – about these things.

[Next week we will continue our series, ‘”Thankful”, by looking at Luke 5:1-11.]

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