Today is Thursday…
…and that means sermon prep. But being that it is July 23 it also means day #4 of VBS…AND…wedding prep day (I have a wedding on Saturday for a couple of friends). All in all…it will be a busy day (with any luck I will also get my lawn mowed).
In any case…back to sermon prep. The text I am preaching on is from John 6:1-21. This is John’s account of the Feeding of the 5000 with Jesus walking on the water to boot. It’s almost a 2 fer today.
My plan right now is to start things out with a prayer (like I usually do) but this time I am going to use the second lesson text (which is a prayer for the Ephesians — Eph. 3:14-21). I am going to change some “yous” to “we” and use it for us…here and now. I thought that sounded like good way to start. It talks about being strengthened by the Holy Spirit; being rooted and established in love; that we may know Christ; but in the end all glory and honor to God forever and ever, Amen.
Now on to the Gospel text…
…here I don’t really know where I am going yet, but that’s what the Holy Spirit is for. With everything going on today I am trying not to get too nervous. Normally I would leave my office at 11am and head to Coffee Choices to eat and write, but with VBS today I can’t leave here until after 12noon (that will throw off the routine). To the naked, untrained eye this may not seem like a big deal, but routines (for some) are important. And when I get thrown from mine I often need to focus a little harder to stay on track.
<There I go again…off track…I am supposed to be talking about John 6>
Anyway…here are some initial thoughts about John 6:1-21:
(1) A foretaste of the Feast to come.
(2) When we are “hungry” Jesus WILL feed us.
(3) Jesus can do much with what we consider little.
(4) With Jesus in our life, we will have more than enough.
(5) A defense of youth ministry — a small boy was encouraged to contribute and 5000+ people were fed.
These sound like small tag lines but sermons often start with thoughts such as these.
What do you hear in this text?
In your particular place in your life, how does this text “feed” you?
God bless you today and always. Praise be to God!