The Satisfied Christian
Taylor Mendoza, Director of Student Ministries
Introduction: At the root of our dissatisfaction is a never-ending thirst that nothing in this world can satisfy. Every person in the world wants to know what will make him or her happy. We’re all desperately seeking for the person, place, or thing that will meet our expectations, needs, and wants. What will truly satisfy the desires of our heart?
Questions For Discussion & Discovery
1. What are some things that you often run too for satisfaction?
2. In verses 30-31, what kind of healing did Jesus perform? Was it a total healing? And what was the response of the crowd?
3. Describe the kind of compassion that Jesus had (verse 32).
4. What does Jesus reveal about himself when he completes the feeding of the 4,000? What is the result of the crowd?
5. Do you find your satisfaction in Jesus today? In your stress? Anxiety? Success? Busyness of life?
6. Lastly, spend a few moments praying to the Holy Spirit for the work of transformation as you put your trust in Christ and find your satisfaction in him.
1. “At these words I was utterly stupefied and terror-stricken. I thought to myself, “With what tongue shall I address such majesty, seeing that all men ought to tremble in the presence of even an earthly prince? Who am I, that I should lift up my eyes or raise my hands to the divine Majesty? The angels surround him. At his nod the earth trembles. And shall I, a miserable little sinner, say ‘I want this, I ask for that?’ For I am dust and ashes and full of sin and I am speaking to the living, eternal and true God.” – Martin Luther
2. “Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. “And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them. So that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.” – Matthew 15:29-31
3. “Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” – Matthew 15:32-33
4. “And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” And directing the crowds to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.” – Matthew 15:34-36
5. “And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of broken pieces left over. Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. And after sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.” – Matthew 15:37-39
6. Main Point: Jesus is the healing-compassionate Savior, and the powerful-providing Lord of sinners.
7. “Food connects. It connects us with family. It turns strangers into friends. And it connects us with people around the world. Consider what you had for breakfast this morning. Tea. Coffee. Sugar. Cereal. Grapefruit. Much of it was produced in another state or country. Food enables us to be blessed by people around the world and to bless them in return. Yet the meals of Jesus are a window into his message of grace and the way it defines his community and its mission.” – Tim Chester
8. “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you.” … Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat.” – Exodus 16:4a, 18
9. “Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” – Psalm 107:8-9
10. “Come, everyone who thirsts come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” – Isaiah 55:1-2
11. “Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. … I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. … If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” – John 6:31-34, 48-51
12. “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” – Matthew 26:26
13. 01.Living the Christian life is being satisfied in Jesus.
14. 02. The Christian church is satisfied in Jesus together.
15. 03. A Satisfied Church embraces the mission of making disciples who make disciples.
16. “The spirit of inquiry… is spreading everywhere, through the whole length and breadth of the land. We have distributed nearly 10,000 tracts, giving to none but those who ask. I presume there have been 6,000 applications at the house. Some come two or three months’ journey, from the borders of Siam and China—“Sir, we hear that there is an eternal hell. We are afraid of it. Do give us a writing that will tell us how to escape it.” Others, from the frontiers of Kathay, 100 miles north—“Sir, we have seen a writing that tells about an eternal God. Are you the man that gives away such writings? If so, pray give us one, for we want to know the truth before we die.” Others, from the interior of the country, where the name of Jesus Christ is a little known—“Are you Jesus Christ’s man? Give us a writing that tells us about Jesus Christ.” – Adonirum Judson