Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 Sermon Text: John 6:60-69

 Other Readings: Exodus 7:8-13 and Hebrews 11:24-28


 

  1. This past month we’ve worked our way through John chapter 6 in our Gospel readings. How would you use that chapter to explain to your child or grandchild the meaning of this parament which hangs from our pulpit?


     
  2. You could translate the Greek of verse 60 as “hard teaching” or as “harsh teaching.” Which one do you think fits best? Why?
     
  3. Compare the many disciples who left Jesus and Pharaoh who hardened his heart in our first reading (Exodus 7:8-13). What similarities do you see? What warning is there for us?
     
  4. Do you know someone who once followed Jesus but now has turned back from him? Say a prayer for that person’s spiritual well-being, using words or phrases from our readings (listed above).
     
  5. Find a reference to each person of the Trinity and explain what role that person plays in your being saved.
     

  1. The parament reminds us that the words we hear from the pulpit are really the words of God who is the Bread of Life. His words feed our souls for eternal life.
     
  2. A case could be made for both. Jesus’ words can be hard for the human, fleshly mind to understand (1 Corinthians 2:14), and Jesus has hard statements in John 6. Jesus’ words can also seem harsh because they point out our sin and our inability to save ourselves (John 6:63).
     
  3. Both rejected clear proof of God’s power and direct messages of God’s Word to them. Jesus’ crowds saw him feed five thousand; Pharaoh saw the snake. Both rejected the signs and the Word because they judged it through their sinful filters. The warning for us is not to reject God’s clear Word to us just because we don’t like something it may say and think we know better.
     
  4. Answers will vary based on personal experience, but there are tremendous phrases in our verses which can give you inspiration for what to pray for.
     
  5. God the Father is mentioned in verse 65; Jesus talks about his role as enabling those without faith to finally come to Jesus. God the Son (Jesus) is all over these verses; his role is to be the Holy One of God, the one chosen to earn and give us holiness so that we may have eternal life. God the Holy Spirit is mentioned in verse 63; his role is to take Jesus’ Words and create spiritual life through those words.