“Hard Sayings” of Jesus

"Hard Sayings" of Jesus

Sermon:  John 6: 60-69

60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” 66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

“HARD SAYINGS” OF JESUS

1.     Are Difficult Because Of Our Flesh And Earthly Consequences 

2.     Are Part Of God’s Loving And Saving Will For His Children

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John6:63 Hard sayings

EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pre-Service Meditation – Psalm 56, Page 135 In Front Of Hymnal

TLH 358 : Lamb of God, We Fall Before Three Hymnary.org link

Liturgy (Pages 5-9 in the front of the Hymnal)

The Scripture Reading – Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18

            We daily face a variety of life-struggles and challenges, all of which present different life choices and paths which beckon. Tempting though it may be to choose the easy path of least spiritual hardship and resistance, may the Lord supply us with the faith and commitment of Joshua of old. Considering all the Lord had done for Joshua and His people (as well as for us), may we follow Him in faith and fear and serve Him “because He is our God.”

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

TLH 293 : O Holy Spirit, Grant us Grace Hymnary.org link

Sermon………………………………………………………. John 6: 60-69

60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” 66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

“HARD SAYINGS” OF JESUS

1.     Are Difficult Because Of Our Flesh And Earthly Consequences 

2.     Are Part Of God’s Loving And Saving Will For His Children

“Create In Me” (Page 12 in Hymnal)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence;
and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;
and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

TLH 337 v 1-3: Our Lord and God, Oh Bless This Day Hymnary.org link

Offering and The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction and ♫Amen (Page 14 in Hymnal)

TLH 291 : Lamp of our Feet Whereby We Trace Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements