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
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
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
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
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.
Part 5 - I am the Resurrection and the Life
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).
Now keep listening to the message …
Part 6 - The Way, The Truth, and the Life
Jesus is the Way who gives direction. Jesus is the Truth who brings genuine knowledge to our circumstances. Jesus is the Life who has done all that is necessary. Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Part 7 - The True Vine
Jesus the True Vine is the Only source of spiritual life. For us to know if we are a true disciple or a fake disciple we need recognise the difference between the Father bringing us through a difficult pruning process, or the Father cutting us off.