April 2018 Video & Discussion: More Than Enough – Brian Zahnd
In the hillsides around the Sea of Galilee, Jesus miraculously fed the 5000 (well, actually, it was more like 15,000) and, twelve basketfuls were left over. Did Jesus overestimate their hunger? Overshoot his power? Or, was there something else he was trying to show?
In this talk from Simply Jesus 2017, Brian Zahnd calls us to recognize the infinite fullness available through Jesus. Contrary to the mindset of scarcity that perpetuates the human cycle of conquest, war, famine, and death, in Jesus we are offered access to the infinite, fullness and beauty of God. Not only is there enough, there is more than enough. Our cup overflows!
This summer, Brian and Peri Zahnd will join us for the fourth year in a row at our Simply Jesus Gathering. We hope you’ll be there as well!
- Imagine yourself at the scene of this miracle. 15000 people there with Jesus, and Jesus is looking to the disciples to feed them. Do you resonate more with Philip’s (“$20000 would not be enough…”) or Andrew’s (“Well, there’s this boy…”) response to Jesus? Why? Can you think of a current example in which you find yourself responding in one of these ways?
- Scarcity. Synonymous with “shortage, dearth, lack, want, undersupply, and insufficiency.” It is this pervasive mentality of scarcity that Brian considers the root cause of the war haunted world that we live in. Where in your community do you observe this mentality of scarcity at work? Where in your own life do you recognize its effect?
- Brian speaks of the Kingdom of God as an alternate hourglass-one in which the “closed system” of the world is connected with the infinite, heavenly sphere through a single point, named Jesus. Do you believe you have access to the fullness of the infinite beauty, goodness, and grace of God through Jesus? How does this belief affect your actions and views?
- “The miracles of Jesus are signs that point us to something.” What does the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 point you to?