In this pericope, we learn that many people decide to leave Jesus. Jesus had just spent time feeding the crowds and then teaching on the True Bread from Heaven. He fed their bellies then fed their spirits with Truth. As he taught about spiritual truths and the work of God many who had begun following him decided that His teaching was too hard to accept, and so they left. Why do you suppose John chose to put this story in his account of the Gospel? What can you personally learn from this portion of Scripture? What can the Church learn? How might we utilize this information as we move forward on our discipleship journey?
As we move forward as a church, it is important that we too take the time necessary to establish a strong foundation on which to build thriving, sustainable ministries that will be effective for reaching the lost and for growing strong, world changing disciples for Jesus Christ. The work we will be doing with John Randall is part of building that foundation. I am so excited for what God will do and have seen visions of how God will use this church in vital ways in this community. Brothers and sisters in Jesus, for such a time as this, Jesus is doing a new thing. He has a plan and this is just the beginning. God is always pursuing you, always loving you, always with you. Let his love come over you, enjoy His love, let it awaken in you a passionate love for Him, and let it set your heart on fire. God is good, all the time. All the time.....
I'm intrigued by Jesus' response to those who were following him. As you read that, what do you notice? There were a couple invitations given in this pericope. What were they? What was the context in which they were given? How were they responded to and what happened as a result? This Sunday we'll look at these things and at what we can glean from them for our own journey of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The purposes God sets forth for His Church
Ken Vance speaks about his and Debbie's time as a Missionary in Africa.