GateWay Church of Visalia
The Philosopher Jesus: Answers for LIfe
Pastor Ed Kemp August 19 & 22, 2021 Luke 9:10-17
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    1100 S Sowell St, Visalia, CA 93277, USA
    Thursday 6:45 PM, Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
#1. Thinking of people, not problems.
“…and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing. vs. 11b
#2. Service is a privilege.
But He said to them, “You give them something to eat!” vs. 13a
#3. Connection is for everyone.
And He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down to eat in groups of about fifty each.” vs. 14b
#4. Gratefulness, not guilt.
And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full. vs. 17
Jesus the Philosopher: Answers for Life
Luke 9:10-17, August 19 & 22, 2021
Prayer Requests:
Group Discussion: In a broad general way are you more task driven or people driven? Can you give a short example?
Read out loud: Luke 9:10-17
My response should be:
#1. Thinking of people not problems. “…and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.” vs. 11b
The old TV show Cheers had a theme song entitled, “Where everybody knows your name.” Where do you go on a regular basis that you feel warmly welcomed and they know your name? What do you do to warmly welcome people? If this is an area where you need to grow, what’s one thing you can do to improve?
#2. Service is a privilege. ‘But He said to them, “You give them something to eat!” vs. 13a
What’s something small that you do to serve others? Who has been a great example to you and demonstrated a servant’s heart? How did your parents demonstrate a servants heart to you? How do you demonstrate a servants heart to your kids? Do you agree or disagree with the statements, “More is caught than taught.” “Do as I say not as I do.” “
#3. Connection is for everyone. ‘And He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down to eat in groups of about fifty each.” vs. 14b
Do you prefer a small group like Jesus 50 or would you rather have a small group below 12? Why? Are you a wall flower or a dominant in a small group? Are you super sensitive to people’s feelings in a small group or brutally honest? Are you empathetic to people’s pain or do you think, “That’s just the way the world is, some win some lose.” If you could meet one person currently living or from history who would it be?
#4. Gratefulness, not guilt. “And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full.”vs. 17
What is one hobby, sport or educational activity that you’ve done where you had to work really hard? Did you get to a point where you knew you were satisfied, completed or fulfilled? Is your favorite meal as satisfying as it once was or are you now more satisfied with variety?
Family Time: Heat up some fish sticks or make some toast and then read Luke 9:10-17. Talk to your kids about how the people around the Sea of Galilee ate this food everyday! As them, “Would you want to eat this every single day?” Then talk them about the variety of foods we get to eat everyday and what their favorite foods are. Pray a prayer of thankfulness to God for all the foods we have.

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