Sunday Morning Worship
April 8, 2012
Today: “Exploiters vs. Embracers”
Scripture: John 6:60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
John 6:66-69 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Intro: I want to draw a distinction between exploiters and embracers today.
A. A definition of an exploiter: someone who uses people for their own ends; they have selfish motives.
B. God doesn’t want Facebook style friendship!
John 15:14-15 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
I. EMBRACE JESUS AS THE GIFT OF GOD.
A. Many come to Jesus to get gifts, but don’t truly see Him as the gift .
B. One second into our eternity , every one of us will see that Jesus was the gift.
A. Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.”
John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 15:10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
1 John 1:6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
B. Are you developing your appetite for the teachings of Jesus?
1 John 2:3-4 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Conclusion: Have you identified yourself this morning?