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The feeding of the 5000 (John 6)

Philip has an attitude of scarcity.
Andrew has an attitude of possibility.
The boy who shares his lunch has an attitude of generosity.
Jesus - he has an attitude of trust in God's provision, and an attitude of abundance.
Jesus takes what has already been given to us by God, the little we can offer, and gives thanks for it and offers it back to God - to do good things for the sake of others.

How does Jesus feed the 5000? He simply does what God the Father has been doing every day since the beginning ...providing people's needs. When we trust that God provides for us, we can move from an attitude of scarcity to an attitude of abundance, from selfishness to generosity, from fear to faith.
This sermon was preached at the Pakenham Lutheran church planting project on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
Enjoy!

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This is an 'M' rated sermon. It contains violence, sexualisation, and adult themes...for Maturing Christians.
The narrative in Mark 6 - the death of John the Baptist - is at first glance, a horrific reading. We might even ask 'Why is this in the Bible? How can the good news of Jesus come through this reading?'
But when we stop to reflect, this passage echoes themes which come through strongly in our own society. Unjust imprisonment. Sexualisation of girls. Objectification of women. Abuse and violence within the family. Murder.
If the Gospel of Jesus can't address such issues, it's a gospel that is too small. But our God CAN handle our M-rated world. It was to address such issues as these - which arise from what the bible calls sin - that Jesus came into the world.

I can't say 'enjoy' this sermon. I hope it will challenge you and give you hope in our Saviour, Jesus.
The sermon can be used with the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

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