Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
- Leave behind the pleasures of sin
- Live joyfully in God’s protection
- Look forward to your heavenly reward
SERMON TEXT: Hebrews 11:24-28
By faith Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter when he grew up. He chose to be mistreated with God’s people rather than enjoy sin for a little while. He considered disgrace for the sake of Christ as greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king’s wrath, because he persevered as one who sees him who is invisible. By faith he celebrated the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not strike them down.
FIRST LESSON: Exodus 7:8-13
The LORD said to Moses and to Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Give us a warning sign,’ then you are to tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down in front of Pharaoh, and it will become a snake.’” Then Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh. They did just as the LORD had commanded. Aaron threw down his staff in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. But then Pharaoh also called for his wise men and sorcerers. Those magicians of Egypt did the same thing by their occult practices. They each threw down their staffs, and those staffs became snakes. However, Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. But Pharaoh’s heart was hard, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.
SECOND LESSON: Hebrews 11:24-58
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VERSE OF THE DAY: 1 Timothy 1:10b
Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel
GOSPEL: John 6:60-69
When they heard it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching! Who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, asked them, “Does this cause you to stumble in your faith? What if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? The Spirit is the one who gives life. The flesh does not help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning those who would not believe and the one who would betray him. He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.” After this, many of his disciples turned back and were not walking with him anymore. So Jesus asked the Twelve, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”