How to know if you have the right motivations for following Jesus – John 6:22-51, Part 5

If you are following Jesus, why are you following him? This week on the blog, starting here, we’ve been studying Jesus’ interaction with a crowd of people whom he had miraculously fed a free meal (aka “The Feeding of the 5,000”). We examined that miracle last week here. The next day, the crowd wants JesusContinue reading “How to know if you have the right motivations for following Jesus – John 6:22-51, Part 5”

Overcoming the grumps – John 6:22-51, Part 4

What makes you grumpy? Many situations make me grumpy, but it is probably home repairs that hit me the worst. When something breaks in our house, or something needs updated, it really stresses me out, and I can get so grumpy. For other people, it is bad drivers. Some of you hate mornings, and youContinue reading “Overcoming the grumps – John 6:22-51, Part 4”

Selfish Christian views about Jesus, worship and church – John 6:22-51, Part 3

Would you be surprised to learn that some people weren’t buying what Jesus was selling? I’m not talking about the religious leaders who often confronted him. I’m talking about the crowds of people who followed him. As we continue studying John 6, the people who just the day before wanted to make him king, nowContinue reading “Selfish Christian views about Jesus, worship and church – John 6:22-51, Part 3”

Jesus’ surprising idea about work – John 6:22-51, Part 2

In our study this week, Jesus doesn’t seem too thrilled with the idea that people want more of him.  You’d think Jesus would be ecstatic that a crowd was seeking after him, right?  Isn’t that the goal?  That more people would want Jesus in their lives?  As we continue with the rest of the passage,Continue reading “Jesus’ surprising idea about work – John 6:22-51, Part 2”

When it’s wrong to want more of Jesus – John 6:22-51, Part 1

If you attend church worship services, why do you go to them? Whether you wake up on a Sunday morning in time to participate, or whether you give up valuable free time on Saturday night, or any time you attend a worship service, why do you go? I suspect that there are a variety ofContinue reading “When it’s wrong to want more of Jesus – John 6:22-51, Part 1”

Have you ever felt like a relational vending machine? – John 6:22-51, Preview

How would you like to be a human vending machine?  I’m talking about a situation in which you feel used.  It can happen to all of us, and we usually don’t like it.  Maybe in your job, you feel like people are constantly asking more and more of you.  Parents can really slip into thisContinue reading “Have you ever felt like a relational vending machine? – John 6:22-51, Preview”