Each week, these sermon discussion guides are made available to help you engage the sermon text more fully. For those in a small group, this is what your group will use as its jumping-off point. You are also encouraged to use this in the context of your own home, whether personally or as a family, as you seek to apply the message to your life.
Sermon Summary: Luke 9:10-17
I. Only Christ can satisfy His people forever.
II. Rest: Jesus offers us rest, but this rest is often different than the earthly relief we seek.
III. Hunger: There is more to life than meeting our physical needs. Physically, we will eat and be hungry again, but the food God provides satisfies us spiritually in a way that no meal ever can.
I. Jesus calls us to give up what we want for what He knows we truly need.
II. In order to seek the Lord instead of our earthly cravings, God calls His people to the disciplines of prayer and fasting.
"When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things." — Mark 6:34
"Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.’" — John 4:34
Questions for Personal Response
What things in your life can make it difficult to believe that only Christ can satisfy you forever?
What are some ways that you are seeking relief rather than rest? What would it look like to pursue heavenly rest rather than earthly relief in those moments instead?
Where are you tempted to separate your life into “earthly” and “heavenly” things rather than seeing all of your life under the “heavenly” rule and care of God?
How has this season made it easy for people in general to look towards earthly versions (physical rest, physical food) of eternal promises (eternal rest in Christ, eternal satisfaction in our Lord)? How has it pushed you in particular towards earthly versions of eternal promises?