The Hard Sayings of Jesus Sermon Series


[pullquoteright]”Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?” – John 6:60[/pullquoteright]

The hard sayings of Jesus are the closest way for us to know Him personally. I believe them to be the most accurate record of the ministry of Jesus – what he thought and taught and the words He Himself lived by. Some of these words breathe life into our souls, with the freedom they invite us to enter. Other sayings are not so easy to hear – they can be a tough medicine to swallow.

Jesus commands to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and forgive those who wrong us; seventy- seven times may be challenging, to say the least. The clarity and simplicity with which Jesus preached His message makes salvation understandable to even the youngest child. Yet, all students of the Bible agree that while the majority of Christ’s teaching is readily accessible, a few of His statements require more study if we hope to understand them properly. 

There is a despondent and prevalent attitude among preachers who minister to cultures that are openly hostile to the gospel. The desire to not offend hearers, in a hostile culture, is misdirected toward the holiness of GodThe cultural context we minister in must not shape the doctrine we preach; rather, our doctrine must inform and shape the culture. I am convinced that preaching must boldly proclaim the demands and rich doctrines of God. 

In this series, we will explore the meaning behind the hard sayings of Jesus. You will discover why Jesus made His audience uncomfortable as He led them to salvation. With careful attention to the original context, we will understand the meanings behind these, sometimes perplexing, teachings and how they contribute to the holiness of God.

Faithful over a few,

Bro. Leslie B. James



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