John 6:41-51

Talks for Growing Christians

The Bread of Life Discourse

John 6:41-51

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Lesson Number 28

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God draws a person to Christ on the basis of His sovereignty.
  2. God draws a person to Christ by means of Scripture.
  3. God draws a person to Christ for the purpose of salvation.

Practical Application

  1. Have you partaken of the bread of life?


  1. The bread of life discourse was given in association with what event?
  2. Why did the Jews murmur?
  3. How did the Jews dispute Jesus’ claim to be God?
  4. God draws a person to Christ in three ways. What are they?
  5. How does God use Scripture in saving people?
  6. Does John 6:51 mean the Lord’s Supper?


  1. The feeding of the 5,000
  2. Because Jesus said that He had come down from heaven.
  3. By saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?” They knew Jesus was claiming deity, so they were making Him out to be just a man with earthly parents.
  4. God draws a person to Christ a) on the basis of His sovereignty, b) by the means of Scripture, and c) for the purpose of salvation.
  5. See John 6:45, Isaiah 54:13, Romans 10:17, and 2 Timothy 3:15-16.
  6. No. Jesus is talking about salvation. To eat the bread of life means to receive Christ as Savior.


  1. How do you reconcile God’s sovereignty and man’s free choice concerning salvation?
  2. How many sign miracles are in the gospel of John? Can you name them and locate those studied thus far?


  1. Locate and memorize the “I am” statements in the gospel of John.

Key Verses

  • “I am the bread of life. I am the bread which came down from heaven. I am the living bread...if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” John 6:41, 48, 51
  • “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” John 6:47

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