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Life-giving Bread for You

LIFE-GIVING BREAD FOR YOU Introduction: One of life’s enjoyments to me is eating bread. I really enjoyed it during my childhood years. It tasted especially good, when I put two slices of bread together with peanut butter and jelly in between. Of lately, I have grown accustomed to having fresh baked bread served on a regular basis at the home where I am residing. It tastes great. There’s only one problem. After the family has devoured the bread, there is a need for more. Thus, there doesn’t seem to be a way to permanently satisfy this hunger for fresh-baked bread. The reality is bread will never fully satisfy our hunger. However, there is bread that satisfies which God has provided for everyone who will accept it. Our text for today will help us to clearly understand the nature of this bread. Our text for today comes from John 6:30-50. If you have your Bible, please turn there with me. Background thought: As we continue to walk through the Gospel of John together, we see that John, in various ways, continues to make his case to his reading audience that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah for all who will believe. As we have observed in the past two weeks, Jesus had provided bread for a group of more than 5000 people through a miracle, and we observed the contrast between a true and false disciple. This leads us into our discussion for today, the Bread of Life. The title of our message today is “Life-Giving Bread for You.” Let’s read our text together. Text: John 6:30-50

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Trusting In Christ Alone

David Branon, a writer for Our Daily Bread, wrote an interesting thought about the focus of our worship. He writes: “When a publishing company asked me to write an endorsement for a new book, I said I’d be glad to. It appeared to be a helpful effort directed to young people, challenging them to live for God in a changing world. But as I read the book, something troubled me. Although it had lots of Scripture and great spiritual advice, it didn’t explain that the starting point for any relationship with God is salvation through Jesus Christ. The writer seemed to imply that the essence of living spiritually in modern society is based totally on action—good deeds—and not on saving faith in Christ. I didn’t write the endorsement. The culture of the church is changing rapidly. Often left behind in the rush to find exciting new ideas is the essential nature of the gospel.” (Based upon Galatians 1:6-12)[1]

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The Friends of Jesus

THE FRIENDS OF JESUS What does it mean to be a friend? The Merriam Webster Dictionary on line relates that a friend is defined as “1 a : one attached to another by affection or esteem b : acquaintance; 2 a : one that is not hostile b : one that is of the same nation, party, or group; 3 : one that favors or promotes something (as a charity); 4 : a favored companion. As noted, a friend is someone who cares about you, and, in many respects, your feelings are mutual. Such friendship normally grows or struggles depending on the degree of contact between friends. A good example of a true friendship is presented in 1 Samuel 18-20. The context of these chapters reveals that Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a strong friendship with David, the son of Jesse. The context also identifies that Jonathan’s friendship with David was so strong, he took action to protect David from being murdered by Saul. Their relationship demonstrates what it means to be a true friend with your fellow man, but what about being friends with God? Is it possible to be friends with the maker of heaven and Earth? What does it mean to be friends with someone you cannot see nor have interactive communication? Our study today in the Gospel of John will enable us to see how we can establish friendship with God. Additionally, we will discover some powerful blessings that await those who actively participate in being friends with God.

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Timing Is Everything

TIMING IS EVERYTHING Introduction: As we draw near to the season of Christmas, it is important to think about the relationships we have with others. It is out of these relationships and the love we have for others, that we are compelled to go out and search the stores in our community or on the internet to find that special gift for them that says I love you and that you are important to me. It is a special time of year. Some people become offended, when such a special time of year comes and passes and they don’t receive anything from those whom they love. In essence, the timing for shopping to find the right gifts, wrapping them, and have them ready to present to our loved ones on Christmas is of the utmost importance. When it comes to thinking about God, being the One in charge of time, as we know it, He has fashioned the perfect gift for us and for those we will see at Christmas this year. God also did not have to shop for this gift, but sent it at the perfect time for man to discover its offer, accept it, and experience eternal joy from it. The unfortunate fact is that man finds it difficult to accept this gift as well as the timing of God’s work. Our message for today out of John 7:1-13 will help us to see this difficulty and how Jesus responds to it. If you have your Bibles, turn with me to John 7. Background thought: The pretext of our message portrays a difficult moment in the life of Jesus, or so it seems. The last part of John 6 reveals that in response to Jesus’ teachings about eating His flesh and drinking His blood, many of His “alleged” disciples had turned away from Jesus, choosing not to follow Him anymore. I don’t know of many today who enjoy the experience of rejection. As we begin our study for today, we see that Jesus is still experiencing other forms of rejection. One of these forms is that the Judeans were seeking Jesus to kill Him. Instead of listening to Jesus and doing what He says, others are trying to control Jesus, thus presenting Jesus with a temptation to disobey His Father’s will. Let’s look at our text to see how Jesus handled the temptation to violate His Father’s timing.

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The Peace of Christmas

PEACE AT CHRISTMAS Introduction: The Christmas Truce of 1914 Background thought: The Gospel of John continually relates the assertion by Jesus to be the Son of God, and the rejection of those who refused to believe Him to be the Son of God. John 7:25-36 demonstrates another perspective about where Christ came from and where He would ultimately return, to the One who had sent Him. Because of disbelief, many in His listening audience discovered that they really did not know God, but would not go to be with Christ at their point of death. Such thinking can really cause anxiousness in the hearts of man today. Today’s text enables us to see that Jesus did not leave them without a way to escape the attitude of disbelief. Text: John 7:37-52

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