Worship Preparation: February 24, 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Read the sermon text: John 6:60-71

Read the sermon summary: In our passage for last Sunday, we saw that the Jews grumbled at Jesus’ teachings. In our passage for this Sunday, we see that even many of those who called themselves Jesus’ disciples were offended. The crowds which seemed to swell as Jesus performed miracles, not seems to vanish when Jesus begins to teach. But Jesus’ closest disciples, the Twelve, remain. Why do they remain when all the others leave? Because they had come to a settled belief in the truth of who Jesus was and claimed to be. But if we stop there we’re only scratching the surface of the difference between these two responses. How do we account for some rejecting Jesus while others believe in him? The answer is found in Jesus’ explanation of unbelief. There must be a prior work of God in a person’s heart before he will believe. The default state of a human is not neutral, but unbelief. The Spirit must give life and faith or there will be none. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions. How do we make sense of John using the word disciples of those who aren’t really disciples? What do you think it refers to in verse 65 (in other words, what it is that the Father must grant to a person)? Why do you think Jesus responds to Peter’s confession of faith by reminding him that he chose the Twelve?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
How Deep The Father's Love For Us
How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
 
Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
 
I will not boast in anything
No gifts no pow’r no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
 
CCLI Song # 1558110
Stuart Townend
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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