These questions are connected to the message, When Not Enough is More than Enough from Nov. 21, 2021. You can watch it here.
Dive In: Read this passage slowly, a couple of times, in an unfamiliar translation of the Bible (e.g. New Living Translation, Contemporary English Version, Amplified Bible, or The Message) imagining yourself in the story as one of the disciples, or as one in the crowd. Perhaps read it a couple of times putting yourself first in one set of shoes and then in another.
- What new insights did you glean from hearing this story again in a different translation? What do you see, hear, feel as you watch this scene play out?
- Why do YOU think this miracle is so critical that it was included in all four gospels?
- Where is Jesus and this journey through Luke reorienting you or disorienting you? What new insights are you gleaning about what God is like? Are there any views on God that have changed or are shifting for you as we are faced with Jesus’ teaching and ministry week after week
- If you’re comfortable, share about a time when you were in a “wilderness” feeling empty and with nothing to offer and God was present, either showing up in a whisper or in power.
- Reflect on areas where, in your church or faith experience, you’ve seen where rules or beliefs have come before people.
Act on it:
- This week, prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit in what areas you feel scarcity or doubt about God’s ability to provide, and how God might “show up” to show you where He’s more than enough.
- Spend time this week sitting with Luke 9:16 — praying it over and over, perhaps journaling as you pray — and listening for what God may be wanting to say.