This seven sermon series focuses on the “I am” passages in John’s Gospel. Through these passages we will focus on an aspect of Jesus’ character and ministry and how, by being followers of Jesus, our character and ministry is developed.

Part 1 - The Bread of Life

John 6:35

Jesus the Bread of Life gives the spiritual food required so that we never need to hunger or thirst. As those who are filled with the bread-of-life character of Jesus our heart overflows into a heart for the spiritually hungering community.

Part 2 - Light of the World

John 8:12

As the Light of the World Jesus takes us out of darkness and worldliness. Darkness and worldliness does not come because we are the worst we can be; it comes because we are following the distraction of Satan who masquerades as an angel of light.

Part 3 - The Gate

John 10:7

When we confess the name of Jesus, the I am who is the Gate, we will always have a Saviour who will bring us to the pasture of life to the full, no matter which empty-promise pastures we have detoured to along the way.

Part 4 - The Good Shepherd

John 10:11

Knowing Jesus as the Good Shepherd gives us confidence to hear His voice because; He has laid down his life; He is committed; He knows us; and He is expanding the flock. Listen to Him.

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Part 5 - I am the Resurrection and the Life

John 11:25

Unfortunately, the first 3-4 minutes of this message was not recorded.

We started by recognising that by this time in His ministry Jesus has healed many people, and even raised people from the dead – most of whom were strangers. However, Lazarus, Martha and Mary are not strangers, they are more like family. So when Martha and Mary send the message that Lazarus is sick Jesus surprisingly waits two days and He only travels when He knows Lazarus is dead.

We then read John 11:17-37.

We surmised that Martha and Mary would feel confused, disappointed, and perhaps a little cheated. Jesus didn’t turn up as expected and, even though he was four days away, He could have healed the same way he healed the servant of the Centurion.

Finally, when Jesus does turn up, the disappointment, confusion and hurt can be found in the words of Martha and Mary Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died (vs.21, 32).

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