#122 – HOW CAN YOU GIVE THE BREAD AWAY? (9/6/20)
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Feeding the five-thousand was not the end of the story. Jesus uses it to speak of himself as the true bread from heaven, which one must eat (by faith) in order never to hunger or thirst.
Giving food is good but giving Jesus is great! For example, as a church we run Serendipity Café and Lighthouse, both activities are generous with food. However, the aim of everything that we do as a church is ‘Bringing people to Jesus’. Jesus said of the purpose of doing good,
‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ (Matthew 5:16)
Doing good in all the multitude of ways that this can happen is vital. It authenticates the message. We love because we have been loved by God. The Spirit of God in us inspires us to love. But the ultimate aim of God-given ‘dreams’, and the greatest ambition in all that we do, it to help people to find ‘the bread of life - Jesus. In his helpful book, What is the mission of the church, Kevin DeYoung writes,
‘We are concerned that in all our passion for renewing the city or tackling social problems, we run the risk of marginalising the one thing that makes Christian mission Christian: namely, making disciples of Jesus Christ.’
I want us to understand: whether it’s our work as a church, in the workplace, in our neighbourhood, our clubs… our mission is bringing Jesus to people and bringing people to Him! You carry the bread everywhere!
Perhaps you would like to take some time to think through the various roles, locations, relationships that you have in a normal week. Maybe you’d like to pray for love and wisdom so as to share Jesus in each of these arenas.
Finally, Do be praying for and inviting people to our online alpha course that begins on Monday 15th June.
Go to https://www.communitychurchputney.com/alpha for details.
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY – GOD'S DREAMS GIVE THE 'BREAD' AWAY
It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News
Particularly, talk about our upcoming online Alpha Course.
What is the most memorable meal you've ever had and what made it so special?
Introduction - please share in your group
Please read Genesis 42:1-2 and 45:7-9
God has given Pharaoh dreams that mean that after seven years of plenty, there will be seven years of famine. God has given this dream so people can be saved from famine. God has also given a dream to Joseph of his becoming a ruler in Egypt. Why? So that he can save people from the famine that is coming. Joseph’s dreams led to him giving literal grain (for bread) away.
Please read John 6:30-35
The dreams that the Father gives to us are centred on His mission of salvation through Jesus. Every Christian has access to a never-ending store of salvation for people and themselves - Jesus.
There are three responses:
i) Align your dreams - Do our 'dreams' (vision for life) include sharing Jesus with people?
ii) Enjoy and be satisfied with the true bread – Are we coming to Jesus each day?
iii) Eat the bread of life for the first time - Maybe you have not truly received Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
You may want to share your thoughts on these in your small groups.
Discuss/share/pray in smaller groups:
1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?
2. What will you do in response?
3. How can we pray for you?
4. Do you plan to invite anyone to our Alpha Course beginning Monday 15th June 7:30pm?
5. Let's pray for our upcoming Alpha course and that we would make the invitation. For more details go to: https://www.communitychurchputney.com/alpha