North Anderson Baptist Church
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
The blessed Jesus Christ did many miracles and this chapter starts out with the feeding of the five thousand and then goes directly into His walking on the water. There were a lot of followers of Jesus at that time who saw or participated in the feeding of the many thousands of people on the hillside. Other people joined Jesus and the disciples after they searched hard for them and finally found them at the synagogue in Capernaum. (It was amazing to stand on the spot Jesus may have stood to preach this message. Yes, it was probably three feet below the present surface of the floor where Jesus actually stood in the old synagogue, but we stood in the one that was built later in the next century or so. To be in the city of Capernaum was exciting knowing all the things Jesus did there. Thinking about it now makes me so thankful that I have had the privilege to go and walk in the areas where Jesus walked.) Jesus begins to teach those who gathered around Him the deep truths and they are having a hard time understanding and accepting what He teaches them.

Jesus talks of the “Bread of Life” which the Father has given to those who believe. He wants them to seek for the food that does not spoil but “endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”​ Verse 28-29 gives us a question and answer, 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” ​Jesus then speaks of that true bread of heaven that the Father gives so that Life may come to the world. His message is that Jesus is the bread of life and that He has come down from the Father to save those the Father gives Him, saying in verse 40, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” ​Jesus used the example which they were very familiar with and that is the manna in the desert. The people were given manna, for a day, then the next day He gave it to them again. Jesus came down from heaven, like the manna, but He came as the real manna, bread from heaven, but the life He gives is not for a day but forever.

One of the problems the Jews leaders and others who are following Jesus is believing that He “came down from heaven.​” They still see Him as the son of Joseph and Mary, the carpenter. Jesus continually reminds them that they need to be called and the Father will be the one to draw them. But He says that those who do believe in Him will have everlasting life! In all of this Jesus speaks figuratively, when He talks of His flesh and His blood. If one eats of his flesh He will give them life. If they drink of His blood they will have eternal life.

Wow! They are appalled at what He is saying about eating His flesh and drinking His blood, that is cannibalism. Of course Jesus doesn’t mean that literally but that it will be His flesh and blood that is the vehicle for all men to have eternal life. His death and broken body and the shedding of His blood will be real and when we believe in that which He did on the cross then we can have life through His flesh and blood! But they can’t get past this and the fact that He says He has come from the God they worship.

This is where the Bible says those following Him, called “His disciples” say, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”​ ​ Even though Jesus knows everything He asks those grumbling, “Does this offend you?”​ and then He recounts what He has said ending with this statement, “Yet there are some of you who do not believe!” Jesus speaks the truth to them when He says, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father has enabled him?”

The Bible says, “From this time many of His disciples turned their back and no longer followed Him.”​ Can you imaging that, they turned their backs on Him and walked away! Jesus’ heart must have broken to see that happen. And then He says to those twelve who have been following Him “closely”, 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” ​And, we hear the heart of the disciples, which comes from Peter wouldn’t you know, 68 “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” ​What a statement of Faith! Can you make that statement? Will you?
Here is the real crux of the message today, “Are the things that Jesus has taught in His word, too hard for you to be a disciple or to hard for you to continue to be a faithful disciple?” ​ There are many things that God the Father has asked of us as followers of His that will cost us in this physical world and we who follow may pull away for the cost of doing whatever is asked is too much. For instance. I have run across this several times over the years, that is a young Christian woman is ready to get married but she is involved with a man who is neither a Christian or even a good man. The Word of God clearly states that we are not to be unequally yoked to someone who is lost. He even says, “How can light walk with darkness?” Many a bride has been told the truth from the Word of God and yet chosen not to obey and go off to do what she wanted to later regret the decision and find herself in deep trouble and sorrow. Christians drift away from God because we have committed sin and are not willing to confess and get right with God. There are many time Christians are confronted with the truth of His word and choose the lie or what pleases us more. Satan is so pleased when a Christian chooses sin rather than righteousness. How can that be changed? Be like Peter and the others who said, 68 “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” ​Commit yourself to the Lord fully and follow Him without wavering. If you are confronted with the truth and choose the lie, then confess your sin and come to God in repentance, 1 John 1:9​, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” ​I know I quote it a lot but listen to me, if you do sin that is the only way you can find that forgiveness and cleansing from your sin. Believe what the Word says and trust Him and find that peace.
What is it that you may have to give up to be obedient to the Father? What kind of lifestyle do you have to change to be right in the sight of God? What friends do you need to back off spending so much time with so that the Spirit of God will be heard in your life? Where do you need to stop going, places that wouldn’t be honorable for the Lord? Are you worrying more and living the life of the peace of God? How about the language you are using, is it the kind that you would use around your mother or here at church? I love the sign at Skins, “the language you use at church is the kind you can use here.” Or something like that. Maybe you are a gossiper, don’t think that the Lord is honored by you continuing that habit which destroys others. It is a good chance with all the people here today that many of you are addicted to pornography, both men and women! Shocking isn’t it but it is true! What do you do? Some might be able to confess and get right and never do it again but that would probably be very few. Most with this addiction need professional help. You can make the decision today and we can find you help tomorrow. But one thing is true, You must make that decision with not only your heart but with your mind too. Young people are not the only ones who have difficulty with sexual sins. I have been told recently that there are many adults who have been messing around outside of their marriages as a matter of experimentation. What I am saying through all of this, is that God is saying it is hard to follow Me and you will have to make a strong commitment to be the follower of Christ that will honor God with all you are. When sin comes, get right and begin fresh.
Now, to the one who hears these teachings of Christ and reads the Word and see things that are tough to swallow you may walk away from believing in Christ and what He has done for you and the rest of mankind. You have that right. But by hearing this, I believe the God who sent Jesus Christ to die for your sins is saying I will draw you, I will make it possible for you to become a believer in Christ, all you have to do is come to Christ and you will be saved. Jesus made it clear, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” By faith in Him God will enable you, this morning, to break away from your sin and have the faith to believe in Jesus and what He did for you at the cross and at the empty tomb. If you come surrendering all you are to Him, your life, sin and all He will receive you because through me today He is offering you salvation and “enabling” or “drawing” you to come to Jesus and be saved. It is get right time!! You come to Jesus time, right now!

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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