Book - John (there are many different "books" in the one book of the Bible),
Chapter - Normally found as a big numeric heading. John has 21 chapters,
Verse - a segment usually about a sentence long.
The chapter and verse markings were added to the text as a handy index about 800 years ago. They are the same in virtually every different translation.
Here's a link to John chapter 6. You can also compare the text in several different languages and translations.
If you want a copy of John's Gospel in print, we're happy to meet you around the Mizzou campus and put one into your hand!
1. At the start of chapter six Jesus teaches a large crowd of people, then provides them with food. There is more left over than he had when he started feeding them. What does this passage tell us about Jesus and his relation to humans and the natural world?
2. Why might Jesus not want to be taken and made a king by the crowds (v. 15)?
3. What does John intend us to understand about Jesus, his disciples, and the world based on verses 16-21, when he crosses the lake?
4. Verses 22-59 are a long and involved interaction. It is only at the end that we learn Jesus has ended up in a synagogue speaking these things with the people. How do you summarize what Jesus is talking about? Why is the setting important?
5. At the end of the chapter, many people are leaving Jesus, but his disciples realize he is the one who "has the words of life." Is that your realization? Why or why not?
Be sure to ask your questions and share your ideas in the comments for this post!