A Kingdom of Fish and Bread

A Kingdom of Fish and Bread

Mark 6:30-44

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”

They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”

When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”

39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

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  • What was your main takeaway from the sermon?
  • Did the Holy Spirit lead you into any situations this week where you had an opportunity to put your takeaway(s) into practice?
  • What impact did those opportunities have on you spiritually?

Discussion Questions:

  • The Kingdom of God is about being with Jesus. Dwight made the point that we can do a lot of other things well and still neglect our experience of Christ. What are some the things in your life that distract you from time with the Lord? (this can be good stuff miss-emphasized).
  • What could you do to improve/increase your time with Christ?
  • The second point was that Jesus sets the agenda. Dwight made the point that we often don’t like the agenda (table waiting, cleaning up, serving, etc.). Sometimes we even use clever excuses. How did compassion change the agenda? What does that teach us about our experience with Jesus?
  • Following the King often means we will experience significant spiritual experiences with people who are entirely unlike us. Why is this so hard?
  • Who are some of the people that you have difficulty sharing the grace of God with?
  • This lesson also teaches us that we can be included in kingdom work. What are some real examples of how the Lord uses our small gifts and even our reluctant obedience to accomplish his purposes?