Life Group Questions:
1. If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church’s website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?
2. It’s interesting that we use such a variety of words to communicate to each other. Reflect upon a time(s) when words were used to encourage and build you up and when they were used to discourage you. How did this make you feel? James reminds us about the use of words in James 3:9-10 when talking about the tongue; what do you notice that James mentions about the use of the tongue? Do you find this to be an accurate statement in your life?
3. The text indicates that the “crowd” was struggling with Jesus’ teaching (words). With what aspect of His teaching were they struggling? Do you think they didn’t understand His teaching, or simply were not willing to accept it? Do you ever struggle with the instruction from the Word? What is it that’s difficult for you to accept?
4. Jesus teaches in verse 63 that the “Spirit” gives life. Do you think this refers to the Holy Spirit? How does the Spirit give life? Verse 63 also gives reference to the “flesh.” What does Jesus say about the flesh? What does the statement “the flesh is no help at all” refer to? How did Paul struggle with the flesh (c.f. Romans 7:14-25)?
5. Looking at the statement in verse 63, “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” How are Jesus’ words spirit and life (c.f. John 5:24, Jeremiah 15:16, Psalm 1:1-2)? Reflect upon a time in your life when the word of God was spirit and life for you. Share how the Lord brought you through this time or is He still working in it.
6. We are reminded of the sovereignty of our Lord in verses 61, 64 and 65. What aspects of His sovereignty are noted in these texts (c.f. Psalm 139:1-4)? What reaction do you have knowing that the Lord knows everything about us, even before we do it?
7. What is the meaning of the statement in verse 65, “no one can come to me unless it is granted to him by the Father”? What does this show us in regard to our conversion? Do you believe that salvation is only granted by the Lord, or do we have a part in His calling us (c.f. Ephesians 1:3-14)? Discuss. Do you believe God’s grace to be irresistible?