The Hard Sayings of Jesus
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood…”
Question: What does Jesus mean by this “hard saying”?
The Big Idea: Jesus is the bread of life.
B – road context
R – ealize there is “better” bread
E – stablish confidence properly placed
A – pply the means given
D – on’t neglect the Lord’s table
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: What are your favorite foods and why do you enjoy them so much?
1) Compare and contrast God’s provision of manna in the Old Testament (John 6:31) with God’s provision of Jesus in the New Testament (John 6:32).
2) People in this passage are contradictory. On the one hand, they show interest in what only Jesus can give (John 6:34). On the other hand, they also fall somewhere short of genuine faith (John 6:35). What does the entire chapter (John 6) tell us about Jesus’ approach to this fickle behavior?
3) We live in a beautiful playground, provided ultimately by God for our enjoyment. However, a significant majority of our population neglect the teachings of Jesus. How does one go forward in “inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ” with confidence despite this resistance?
4) Effectual Calling is an act of God the Father, speaking through the human proclamation of the gospel, in which He summons people to himself in such a way that they respond in saving faith. How does Jesus teach such “effectual calling” in John 6:37? What difference does this make in your confidence?
5) Remaining a Christian: this means that all those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives, and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again. How does Jesus affirm the first half of this definition in John 6:39 and the second half in John 6:40?
Taking it Home: Receive the Lord’s Table with a renewed focus on just what it represents. Establish membership with this local Christian church so not to neglect this important ordinance.
We would love to meet you at our Welcome Center in the lobby and share a gift and available opportunities. Our Pastoral team would also love to meet you and will linger in the front after the services to this end. You may let us know you were here by using a Communication Card found in our worship folder. We receive these in containers placed on tables in the Celebration Center.
This weekend is an opportunity to contribute to the Benevolent Fund, which is used for our church family and community members in times of need. If you wish to contribute, you may give your gift on the way out of the service today.
BABY BOTTLES DUE BACK BY JUNE 19
Yearly, during the weeks that separate Mother’s Day from Father’s Day, (May 8 – June 19) Life’s Options, one of our ministry partners, makes baby bottles available for your donations. Just fill the bottles with the pocket change from wherever you drop your coins each day and return the filled bottles to church by Father’s Day, June19. Your small change makes a big difference!
SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGES
We have adjusted our service times, with Saturday services remaining the same and Sunday services combining into one 10:00 AM service. We will resume our regular schedule in the fall.
VBS DONATION HELP NEEDED!
We need paper towel tubes for making swords as we “Armor Up” for Vacation Bible School this year. There is a donation basket in the Lobby, and we would really appreciation your help with collecting this item by Sunday, June 12.
NEW SUMMER SMALL GROUP
What happens when we worship? Join a new, summer small group, on Wednesdays beginning June 15, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the church that will explore this question with the help of What Happens When We Worship by Jonathan Landry Cruse. We will examine the significance of corporate worship and recognize how God is doing something to us, for us and through us in each element of the service. You are welcome!
Please note that the church office will be closed on Thursday, June 23 for training purposes.
NEW SERMON SERIES BEGINNING JUNE 4/5
Do you ever wonder what to do with the “hard sayings” of Jesus? These include the different cultural background in Jesus’ day, the finitude of our human minds and even the resistance of human hearts. Once we understand what He meant, we can receive His truth, turn from our self-centered ways and be transformed in a relationship with Him. We invite you and a friend to connect on a weekend (or online) with Aspen Ridge Church this summer for “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.”
KIDZONE CHANGES HAVE BEGUN!
We are excited to announce that we will rearrange our classroom structure to better fit the needs of our children beginning Sunday, May 29. (Saturday services will remain the same with all children meeting in Room 110.) Ages will now be grouped as follows:
Infants and Toddlers; ages 0, 1 and 2 in Room 109 (Downstairs)
Preschool; ages 3, 4 and 5 in Room 110
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades in Room 112/113
3rd, 4th and 5th Grades in Room 114
Our Nursery will now be a Comfort Room for parents with young babies.
DV8 STUDENT SUMMER SCHEDULE
Beginning in June and running through August we will have summertime student ministries, middle school Wednesdays and high school Thursdays both from 6:30-8:30 PM here at Aspen Ridge. Bring a friend and come join us! Sign-up for the parent newsletter is on the student’s page on the Aspen Ridge website for more details.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)
Come join us at VBS as we “Armor Up in the Quest for the King’s Armor” and teach children about Jesus, June 13-17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Contact Debbie with any questions. Online registration will open Tuesday. May 17 on the church website. Remember to register!
You may know that Aspen Ridge Church has been communicating a service project toward our sister churches and their neighbors in Ukraine. The following link: https://converge.org/missions/world-relief provides more information. We are pleased to announce that our church has given some $6,000 toward this project! If you would like to give, you may do so with a gift to Aspen Ridge Church and an indication that this gift is for “Ukraine Relief.”
June 11/12, Matthew 18:35, presented by Jeff Clark
June 18/19, Mark 2:17, presented by Jeff Clark
June 25/26, John 10:1-5, presented by Eric Coe
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF MAY 22, 2022
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 8,757 $ 68,665 $ 655,083
Budget $ 13,000 $ 65,000 $ 624,500
Difference $ (4,243) $ 3,665 $ 30,583