Sermon Introduction –
Jesus is the bread of life. It’s our job to share that bread with the world. What do we do when that feels like too big a job? Join us as Deacon Lynn leads us through the final message in the study from John 6 entitled, Loaves Abound
Introduction to our readings –
In today’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples peel off. This is the backdrop in John’s gospel for Peter’s confession of faith. “To whom can we go?” asks Peter, in words we sometimes sing just before the gospel is read. “You have the words of eternal life.” In order to take such a stand, as Peter and Joshua did, (Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 ) Paul tells us to arm ourselves with the word of God. We pray in the spirit that we might be bold ambassadors of the gospel.
This program will guide you through our worship service.
Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
Like a general giving a rousing speech to troops before battle, this letter closes by calling on Christians to be equipped for spiritual warfare against evil. The full armor of God includes truth, righteousness, peace, faith, the gift of salvation, and the word of God inspired by the Spirit.
Reading: John 6:56-69
The “hard saying” that offends Jesus’ disciples is his claim that his followers must eat his flesh and drink his blood. The followers who return to their old lives know something about how odd this sounds. Simon Peter, on the other hand, knows something about the scarcity of living, gracious words. He asks the most important questions: “To whom shall we go?”