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Community Group Questions | John 6:60-71 - The Words of Eternal Life | Feb 23, 2020

The Words of Eternal Life
Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor

God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that?  Read the following passage and consider these questions. 


John 6:60-71 (ESV)

60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, "Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe." (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." 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, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God." 70 Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil." 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.



Main point: Jesus offends sensibilities to reveal true identities.
1. A false disciple is easily offended by Jesus. (v. 60)
2. A false disciple fails to recognize that Jesus' words are Spirit-inspired and life-giving. (v. 63)
3. A false disciple refuses to come to and believe in Jesus. (v. 64-65)
4. A false disciple abandons their pursuit of Jesus. (v. 66)


QUESTIONS (40 minutes)

1.  What do you make of those "disciples" who followed Jesus yet refused to believe? What is the modern-day equivalent?

2. What does Jesus mean in v. 63? After a long discourse in chapter 6, this is the first time that Jesus speaks about the Spirit - why might that be?

3. Are there things in God's Word that offend you? If so, what are they and why do they offend you?

4. How do we further submit ourselves to the authority of God's Word in our lives, especially in areas that we might find difficult or offensive?


PRAYER (15 minutes) 

Take prayer requests. Pray together that you may grow deeper in our identities in Jesus.