John 6:60-71

Talks for Growing Christians

The Final Section of the Bread of Life Discourse

John 6:60-71

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Lesson Number 30

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Not every disciple is a true believer.
  2. Not every doctrine is easy to handle.

Practical Application

  1. Will you turn away because of difficult doctrine?
  2. Let’s follow the logic of Peter.


  1. Were Jesus’ disciples of John 6:60-66 the twelve disciples?
  2. Why did many disciples turn away?
  3. When the Lord spoke about eating His body and drinking His blood, was He referring to the Lord’s Supper?
  4. What was the good news in this situation?
  5. Are all disciples true believers?
  6. What is the mark of a true disciple?
  7. Are all doctrines easy to handle?


  1. No. They were among those from Galilee who followed Him and saw His miracles.
  2. Because some had expected Jesus to become their political leader, and they realized this wasn’t happening. Some were offended by His teaching, “Eat My body, drink My blood.”
  3. No. This discourse took place a year before the Lord’s Supper was instituted.
  4. Although many turned away from the Lord, there were some who stayed.
  5. No. Note that many of His disciples left Him.
  6. Perseverance. See John 8:30-31.
  7. No. Many said that this was a hard saying (John 6:60). The same is true today. For example, the doctrine of election and the foreknowledge of God is difficult to comprehend. You are destined, yet you are responsible for your destiny.


  1. Read John 6:68. Are you following Peter’s logic? Even if you wanted to turn away because of difficult teaching, where would you go?
  2. Consider a few doctrines that are difficult to understand. Discuss them.


  1. The mark of a true disciple is perseverance. Do you carry this mark on you?

Key Verses

  • “It is the Spirit who gives life...the words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
  • “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68

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