Sermon Preview – Week of August 14

This Sunday we press on in John’s gospel account. Our preaching text will be John 4:43-54. This text concludes a section that John began in chapter 2. There, Jesus began to reveal himself as the Messiah in Cana in Galilee where he turned water into wine. Now at the end of chapter 4 we see Jesus returning to Cana in Galilee where he will display his grace and power once again. However, this time the occasion is not surrounded by the joy of a wedding, but the dread, terror and helplessness of a father who’s son is dying. There is a good deal going on here beyond the situation with the official and his son, but this specific situation highlights both the bigger problem going on with God’s chosen people of Israel and the solution that they so desperately need. Why would Jesus say upon entering his homeland, “A prophet has no honor in his own hometown” and yet John says that when Jesus came to Galilee, “the Galileans welcomed him”? There must be some disconnect in the way Jesus’ own people receive him and the way that they should be receiving him. The disconnect is what we want to zero in on this week, we want to see if that same disconnect exists in our hearts. And, if it does, what is the solution? All of this will be answered in our text, so I encourage you to press in to God’s Word this week. Plan to be in the Word in the same way you plan to eat everyday, even more so actually, because  “man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” and like Jesus, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me”. May God’s Word be our nourishment this week!

Sermon Title: “Genuine Faith In The Giver Of Life”

Sermon Text: John 4:43-54

Meditation Passage: Psalm 1

Call To Worship: Lamentations 3:22-24

Benediction: Romans 15:13

Songs For Sunday:

To God Be The Glory

The Risen Christ

How Firm A Foundation

I Stand Amazed

In Christ Alone

Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery


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