The First Word about the Eternal Word

John 1:1-18

February 2, 2020 • David Schrock • John 1:1–18

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Blessed are the Un-Offended: For They Are the Elect of God (John 6:60-71)

May 22, 2022 • David Schrock • John 6:60–71

If the gospel is defined as the good news about Jesus Christ, the message of his death and resurrection should be confused with "soft” news. In other words, the goodness of the gospel is not like K-Love's positive, encouraging new stories. Instead, the good news of God is a message that must deal with the hardness of the human heart and the depravity of the human race. Addressing men and women in such perilous conditions, it is not surprising that Jesus offers words that are hard. Hardened sinners need strong medicine, and Jesus words give us just what we need. Indeed, John 6 might include some of the hardest sayings of Jesus, as many of his disciples say (v. 60). As a result, many of his disciples leave (v. 66). And yet, when they leave, Jesus does not bat an eye or change his approach. Instead, he offers an off ramp to his Twelve too. What is he doing? What kind of Savior is Jesus that he is so willing to let his followers depart? What does it say about God and man that his words come across as so hard? Such questions are the ones that either push people away from Jesus and draw them close. And this Sunday we will consider these kinds of questions. From John 6:60–71, we will learn that the words of Jesus are hard. But in their firmness we will find a solid foundation on which to build our lives. Truly, in a hard world, we need something harder on which to stand. And Jesus gives us that firm foundation. If you want to walk with Jesus for all of eternity, therefore, John 6:60–69 is a passage with which you must come to grips. And this Sunday we will look at it together to bolster our faith. In preparation for Sunday, take time to read John 6 again and pray that God would give us an unswerving commitment to follow Christ, hard sayings and all. For His Glory and your joy, Pastor David --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Discussion & Response Questions: John 6:60-71 What does this text reveal about the words of Jesus? What does this teach us about belief and unbelief? About the Spirit and flesh? What distinctions would you make between the disciples who left Jesus, and the twelve? Why would Jesus teach “hard sayings” knowing that some would turn away and no longer walk with him? Many will decry giving offense, seeing anything that causes division negatively. Some will soften messages to keep people together, rather than addressing different issues. Biblically, how should we consider these things? What does biblical fidelity look like? When is division necessary, and when should unity be preserved? Consider Peter’s confession (vv. 68-69), and your confession. How did the Lord work to bring you to faith in Christ? Compare and contrast the disciples’ question in verse 60, with Peter’s question in verse 68. What makes the difference between them? How is it that Peter is able to confess these things? How do we see Father, Son, and Spirit working in this text? How would you describe Jesus from this text? How should we respond to these truths?

Living Bread from Heaven (John 6:41-59)

May 15, 2022 • David Schrock • John 6:41–59

Cannibalism. Vampirism. And plain old weird-ism. Any one of these -isms could be applied to Jesus’s words in John 6:53–54, which read “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." What does this verse mean? Is it literal? Are the ancient accusations that Christians are cannibals true? Or are Jesus’s words mere metaphor? And if metaphorical, what is the meaning behind the metaphor? This Sunday, we will answer those questions, to show that Jesus is not inviting vampirism (a concern that I recently heard from a Lyft driver), nor is he calling for his followers to be Cannibals. Instead, he is explaining how his followers must come to him and believe in him and the death he died on the cross. Truly, if anyone wants to be in Christ and to have Christ in him, they must “eat” his flesh and “drink” his blood. This visceral teaching indicates how close our spiritual union with Christ is, and how our spiritual with Christ depends upon the blood of his cross. To prepare for Sunday, read John 6. You may also find Numbers 9 and Isaiah 54 two important chapters for understanding Jesus’s words. Let’s pray that God gives us an appetite for Christ, because in fact, our Heavenly Father has prepared a banqueting table in the death and resurrection of his Son. May all who are hungry come and feed on him—the Bread of Life. For His Glory and your joy in Christ, Pastor David ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Discussion & Response Questions: John 6:41-59 Why do the Jews grumble? What does this reveal about their understanding of who Jesus is? (vv. 41-42) Consider Jesus’ instruction in verses 41-51. How does Jesus address their grumbling? What argument is Jesus making from the Old Testament? What is he revealing about himself? Notice how grumbling turns to arguing (v. 52). How will this question be answered? Consider Jesus’ words in verses 53-58. What does he repeat from earlier? What does Jesus emphasize in this teaching? What do these teachings reveal about who Jesus is? What do they reveal about his mission? What do they reveal about the Son’s relationship to the Father in regard to his mission? Why is Jesus called the living bread? How does the Father’s relationship to the Son connect with Jesus being living bread? What does it mean to feed on Jesus’ flesh and drink his blood? How does this go sideways with the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation? How should we respond to Jesus? What do we learn about our own radical dependence on God’s grace? What do we learn about the gospel and its defense today?

Soul Food: When, Who, What, and Why Jesus is the Bread of Life (John 6:25-40)

May 8, 2022 • David Schrock • John 6:25–40

Hunger is a universal experience. So is thirst. And so is seeking to find food and drink in times of need. Importantly, God made us creatures who need food and drink. And he did this not only because that is how organisms live, but that’s how God works. In other words, by giving us thirst, hunger, and the experience of seeking physical satisfaction, God is teaching us something about himself. God is our spiritual food! In John 6, this comes to the forefront as seekers cross the Sea of Galilee to find Jesus and fill their stomachs. Only in this case, Jesus exposes their errant seeking and he in turn leads them to seek food that will not perish. Indeed, so many of our sins, follies, frustrations, and setbacks are caused by not knowing how to live on Christ, to feed on Christ, and to delight ourselves in Christ. But on Sunday, we will learn from Jesus how to come to Jesus and how to find food and drink for our souls. So read John 6 to prepare for Sunday and don’t forget Sunday is also Mother’s Day. So do something nice for your mom and come to church to worship Christ. As the Lord allows, I will see you Sunday! For His Glory and your joy in Christ, Pastor David ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Discussion & Response Questions: John 6:22-40 Why are the crowds seeking Jesus? (vv. 22-26) What is the food that does not perish? (See also Isaiah 55:1-2) What is the work of God? (vv. 28-29) Evaluate the request for a sign, and the crowd’s use of Scripture (vv. 30-31). How does Jesus correct them? How does this mirror the conversation with the Samaritan woman in John 4? Consider Jesus’ teaching in verses 35-40. How does this parallel what Jesus taught Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman? What is Jesus revealing about himself? How should we respond to Jesus? How can we respond to Jesus? Does this teaching give us more or less confidence in evangelism? What else do we learn about God and our salvation in John 6?