Courageous Disciples Week 1 Day 1

It Takes Courage - The Arena

The Arena


John 6:1-14

A boy with two fish and a loaf of bread stepped in and offered what he had. In the language of Brené Brown, he stepped into the arena. You’ve been there – whether you attended a concert, a play, or a sporting event, you’ve been in a literal arena. This arena is no different. It’s where your call to courage comes to life.

In this Scripture, the boy offers what he has, the disciples complain and cower, and Jesus calls us to the table to encounter him in the breaking of bread. As we begin this exploration of Scripture together, remember that you are chosen, blessed, broken, and given – all for the sake of Jesus.

May who you are and who God is inviting you to be find roots in your call to courage.


  • If courage is “speaking one’s mind by telling one’s heart,” who in this passage was courageous?


Decide to be courageous today. Choose one relationship or activity that you’ll practicing “speaking your mind by telling your heart.”


Jesus, I want to be courageous. Help me to speak my mind by telling my heart today. I’m following your example of courage, Jesus. Amen.


Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

Who did you encounter today that helped you “speak your mind by telling your heart”? Give God thanks for that person and the circumstances of your meeting.


Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of It Takes Courage” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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