The Book of John Series (John 6:22-51) – March 17, 2013
The following are the answers to the text questions that came in during the sermon:
1. “Re: Feed My Starving Children, can you speak to the role of the church in balancing our resource spending on both the world’s physical and spiritual needs?” 11:32 AM
The church must certainly balance both the physical and the spiritual. When Jesus prayed in the garden before he was crucified, he said to God “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” – John 17:15 ESV We can also read that Paul said true religion is to “visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world”. – James 1:27 ESV. Sometimes the most spiritual thing we can do is to meet a physical need. The problem that some church get into is a “social justice”-type of operation where they never connect the dots to Jesus. Our ultimate goal in meeting physical hunger is to meet spiritual hunger. Jesus fed the 5000 physically. He then addressed their spiritual hunger.