Sermon Introduction –
Wise living means being nourished with that which enhances life. Jesus, the Bread of Life, is nourishment and nurture for a life that is resilient, mature, and blesses others. Join us as Pastor Craig continues walking us through John 6 with his sermon, Holy Tether.
This program will guide you through our worship service.
Introduction to our readings
Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. (Proverbs 9:1-6). The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything was created and having a role in the work of creation. Christ, the wisdom of God (1 Cor.1:24), today invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. John’s gospel includes no account of the institution of the Lord’s supper; but there we can’t help hearing Jesus’ words as an invitation to the meal of bread and wine we share.
True wisdom integrates our new reality in Christ with our Christian fellowship and daily conduct. Because we are filled with the Spirit, Christians regularly rejoice together, give thanks to God for one another, and care for one another. In this way we revere our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tap link for reading: Ephesians 5:15-20
In John’s gospel, the feeding of the five thousand leads to extended teaching in which Jesus identifies himself as the true “bread of life.” Finally, in these verses, he makes a connection that would not be understood until after his death, in light of the church’s celebration of holy communion.
Tap link for reading: John 6:51-58