To Whom Would We Go?

Recordings, notes and application questions

Each week, we produce notes, discussion points and application questions for the Sunday talks — helping you go deeper into everything we’re looking at together and resourcing our Small Groups during the week. Use the embedded player to listen to the talk, or click here to visit Soundcloud and download it on a PC. You can also subscribe to Oasis podcasts on Spotify, iTunes or Podbean for listening on the go, and you can find the accompanying Powerpoint presentation for this week’s talk here.

Key Passages

  • John 6 (esp. v66–69)

Notes

The Christian life is both joyful / victorious and hard / perplexing. We can know seasons when we feel on a wave of joy, peace and contentment, as well as seasons when we feel like we are barely clinging on and tempted to give up altogether. That’s normal. In fact, sometimes even within one day, we can live both those experiences. The Bible does not shy away from that but describes it as part of the expected life of believers.

After many of Jesus’ followers leave in John 6, he turns to the 12 asking if they want to go too. Peter replies ‘where else would we go?’

What other options are available to make sense of life?

  • Reason — trying to transcend life through our intellect and observation of the world
  • Feelings — trying to define life and ourselves by our own impulses / feelings / desires.

Both these are hollow and empty, offering no foundation for life and no hope for the future. When we hear the words of Jesus from outside ourselves, they bring revelation of truth and hope and life leading to the conviction…we exclaim with Peter: “You have the very words of eternal life. We believe and we know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Application Questions

  1. What struck you from Sunday’s sermon?
  2. In a world full of both optimists and pessimists (which each have valuable input for the other to learn from), which do you lean towards more? What can you learn from the opposite viewpoint? What can you contribute to those of the opposite viewpoint?
  3. Has your recent experience of following Jesus been more ‘everything is awesome’ or ‘I’m barely hanging on?’ How is Jesus good news for either experience?
  4. What do you think of the alternative options to following Jesus that are presented in culture?
  5. How does Jesus offer a better way? What is different about the offer of Himself as opposed to the offer of a ‘philosophy of life’?
  6. How can we receive His Word of revelation to sustain us and keep us going?
  7. How might we help / support / encourage one another in both seasons of life? How does this shape our understanding of what it means to be church together? Is there freedom for both sides of the Christian experience to be expressed in the gathered setting? How can we cultivate that freedom?