If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:
- MONDAY: Isaiah 55
- TUESDAY: John 6:1-24
- WEDNESDAY: John 6:25-69
- THURSDAY: Lamentations 3:17-26
- FRIDAY: Isaiah 43:1-21
- SATURDAY: Psalm 34
- SUNDAY: Psalm 138
eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!
Sermon Notes: “More Than Miracles” ⤵️
Preacher: Holly Furtick
Passage: John 6:28-35
Title: More Than Miracles
Date: May 10, 2020 (Mother’s Day)
Today’s sermon notes were taken during the 9:30 livestream from the Ballentyne campus.
28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
John 6:28-35, NIV
- Of the seven “I Am” statements Jesus makes in the Gospel of John, we’re looking a the first: “I am the bread of life.”
- Jesus starts with the things he can do for you and moves to a space of who he can be to you.
- The crowds were coming to Jesus expecting him to do miracles, the same miracles Moses did, and to lead them out from under Roman oppression.
- But instead, Jesus brought them a relationship with God that went so far beyond their religion of following the Law.
- They just couldn’t see it.
- Being a mom: Not what I expected it to be.
- The problem wasn’t the baby. Babies cry! That’s what they do.
- The problem was my expectation.
- God was building an inner-strength in me.
- Raising kids is about releasing expectations and allowing God to make them into who he made them to be.
- This is how the Jews thought about Jesus in John 6. They had all these expectations about who the Messiah was supposed to be.
- They were excited to see Jesus perform miracles, particularly feeding the five thousand because it’s like Moses and the manna from heaven.
- But Jesus doesn’t stop at the miracle.
- He does so much more than meet our physical needs.
- They wanted Jesus to fit into their old standard of works and law.
- But the new standard is faith and belief.
- What matters most is not what Jesus does for you, but who he is to you.
- What does this look like practically?
- Isaiah 55:2 says, “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.”
- Coco Puff Christians (eating Coco Puffs for lunch, but they do not satisfy, and then you come back an hour later for more junk food)
- What are you eating that doesn’t satisfy? (e.g., gossip, Proverbs 26:22)
A. God’s bread is NOW.
- Stale bread is not good.
- When you know Jesus, you know he speaks to you right now.
- It may be only enough to sustain you for a moment or a day, but his mercies are new each day. (Lamentations 3:23)
- He gives you a word in season. (Proverbs 15:23)
- “When your words came, I ate them.” (Jeremiah 15:16)
B. God’s bread is NORMAL.
- God speaks to us, but it may not be him writing on a wall. (Daniel 5)
- God speaks directly to us when we open his Word. You know you can read the Bible when you’re on your own, right?
- God will speak to you right there.
- “Faith isn’t a lever that you pull, faith is a lens.”
C. God’s bread is NEAR.
- God is always with us.
- God is always speaking to us.
- Though we’re not always listening.
- I hope we learn this year that God will speak to us even in our own homes.
- Sometimes I just don’t want to hear what God is speaking.
- And sometimes I’m just too busy to listen to God.
- God can speak through friends, family, spouses, memories, thunderstorms…
- I have to incline my ear and train my eyes to see him. (Isaiah 55:3)
D. God’s bread is NEW.
- “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19)
- If I’m unwilling to accept the new, I’ll always be stuck.
- The Jews wanted to keep Jesus in their box, but he was doing something new, he was doing something better.
- Abbey (Daughter) — Would rather go to bed hungry than taste something green… but Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good.”
- These people didn’t want to change. But they needed to stop following a formula and instead follow God-in-flesh.
- They wanted “miracle Jesus” but they couldn’t handle the change.
60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” […] 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
John 6:60, 66-68, NIV
- The more you experience the True Bread, the more you realize you can’t live without it.
- “When I called, you answered me” (Psalm 138:3)
- “That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void.” (Isaiah 55:10b-11a)
- Can you let go of the old…?
- What you thought following Jesus would be like?
- And instead embrace what God wants to do in you? Not just for you?