Conversations about Faith & Life
The Narrative of Jesus’ Life
The following account occurs on the heels of Jesus experiencing setbacks in ministry. He was recently rejected in his hometown. About the same time his cousin, John the Baptizer, was put to death.
Reading from the Gospel
Matthew 14:13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (ESV)
Sharing your Faith
- Discuss the steps Jesus took in performing the above miracle.
- The disciples face a difficult task when Jesus tells them, “you give them something to eat.” Share about a time your church faced a difficult time, only to see God provide for the congregation.
- Share about a time you experienced God’s compassion.
Pray for One Another
Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.
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Conversations about Faith & Life is a weekly interactive devotion to equip Christians to live out their faith on a daily basis. It was specifically created for church groups, missional communities, house churches and home schooling. PDF versions of the next week’s CFL are posted Wednesdays on the Resources page of KevinWilson360. It is also posted on the KevinWilson360 blog the following Monday.