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October 8, 2017


   Sermon Title: Will You Take the Challenge?

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John 6:1-68

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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1-13; Hebrews 10:22-25

Scripture Text: John 6:1-68

68: “Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

Will You Take the Challenge?

Challenge 1. The Challenge of Vision (vv. 1–15).

It all started when Jesus and His disciples got the news that John the Baptist had been murdered. Jesus was troubled by this, and He wanted to retreat to a deserted area. But word spread, and 5,000 families showed up. When He saw the multitude, Jesus put His own grief aside and set about meeting needs. That’s a startling response on His part.

There is a tendency for us to feel that when we’re dealing with our own problems, we really don’t have time or energy to deal with anyone else’s problems, when in fact the best therapy for our problems is very often to get involved in the needs of others.

Challenge 2. The Challenge of Faith (vv. 15–24).

Jesus, still wanting time by Himself, compelled the disciples to sail off. They got into the boat, and Jesus went up the mountainside. Later He went to them, walking on the water. The disciples thought it was a ghost, but Jesus shouted to them, “Take courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

The reason He could make the first and last statements is because of the middle one: “It is I!” It’s pointless to say “Be of good courage,” and “do not fear,” without the middle bit. Peter, catching a glimmer of this truth, asked to join Christ on the water. Jesus didn’t seem too enthusiastic, but said simply, “Come!”

When Peter began to sink, Jesus rescued him, then gave him a talk. “You were doing very well, Peter, while you kept your eyes on Me, but when you began concentrating on your circumstances and doubted, you ran into problems.”

Challenge 3. The Challenge of Commitment John 6:25–68.

Arriving on the other side of the lake, the Lord met some critics who said, “When the Messiah comes,” they said, “He will be greater than Moses. Moses fed a million people every day for 40 years with bread from heaven. You only provided one miraculous meal.”

Jesus conceded the point. “You are quite right, but I want to tell you something. I am the bread from heaven. I have come to a world populated by millions of people living in a spiritual desert, and I am the Source and Substance of Life for them. I am all they will need.” Some of His disciples thought this was going too far, and they walked away. Turning to Peter, Jesus said, “Are you going to leave, too?” Peter replied, “Master, where can we go. You have the words of eternal life.” The challenge here is the challenge to commitment

Let’s go to A NEW DIMENSION!! ”

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