Lesson 12: “I Am the Bread of Life”

New Testament Class Member Study Guide, (1997), 7–8


  • Jesus challenged the Jewish leaders to “search the scriptures” (John 5:39). What is the difference between searching the scriptures and reading them? How have you made your personal and family scripture study more meaningful? How have you been blessed as you have searched the scriptures?

  • Why did Peter’s faith falter as he walked on the water? (See Matthew 14:30.) How do we sometimes make similar errors when difficulties arise?

  • How is “bread of life” an appropriate description of the Savior and the blessings he offers us? (See John 6:35, 47–51.) How can we partake of the “bread of life”? (See John 6:47, 51–54; Matthew 26:26–28; Alma 5:33–35; D&C 20:77.)

Suggestion for Family Discussion

Read Matthew 14:22–32. Point out that Peter showed great faith when he walked on the water, but he began to sink when he became frightened. Display a picture of Jesus Christ, and assure family members that although there will sometimes be trouble around them, they can overcome fear by remembering the Savior and following him. Ask family members to tell about times when they overcame fear by remembering Jesus Christ and his teachings.

Scripture Chain: The Scriptures Testify of Christ