Sermon Series beginning Easter Sunday
Jesus has been called many things: prophet, teacher, man, God. But who did He say He was? And once you see who Jesus is, what does that mean for you and your life? So many of us fall into the trap of staking our happiness on the fleeting things of this world, even though we know this often leads to disappointment and dissatisfaction. The truth is Jesus is enough. He’s actually more than enough. He is all sufficient for our needs, and in Him we find the true meaning for our lives. Join us on Easter Sunday for the start of the I AM series, which will examine the identity of Jesus and how who He is changes who we are.
Week 6: I AM the Living Water
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.” John 4:13-14
When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, He knew of her sinful life choices, yet He offered Himself as “living water” that would never leave her thirsty. When we seek fulfillment in anything other than Jesus, we are left unsatisfied, disappointed, and thirsting for more, but Jesus makes us the same offer as He did for the Samaritan woman. If we seek Him, the Living Water, He will give us eternal satisfaction.
Week 5: I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life
“I am the Way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:1-6
Christianity is often placed in the same category as all other faiths and religions. However, faith in Jesus is unique; while the founders of other religions have all died, we have the only faith whose founder defeated the grave and came back to life. When Jesus proclaims that He is the Way, the Truth and the the Life, He is making sure we understand that although there are many who claim to have a connection to God, He is the only Way. Knowing Jesus means you have access to both ultimate Truth and ultimate Life.
Week 4: I AM the Light of the World
“I am the Light of the World” – John 8:12
The beauty of knowing Jesus rests in the fact that we never have to be in darkness. Jesus, as the Light of the World, shows us where we are. When we know Jesus, we understand where we are in life and in the world, even if that place happens to be sin, unforgiveness, or any other struggle we may face. When we encounter Jesus, He offers us an opportunity for transformation which occurs when His light pushes back the darkness to reveal to us where we are and where we should be.
Week 3: I AM the Good Shepherd
“I am the Good Shepherd” – John 10:1-11
Our world has so many competing distractions that work to gain our attention. These distractions have invaded our world to such a degree that we have lost our ability to hear God when He speaks to us. We have lost our connection with the Shepherd. He is the one who cares for us and provides for us; He is our closest friend. Jesus states that His sheep know His voice, that they will not respond to another’s voice. He is not just our Shepherd, he is our Good Shepherd. Have you taken the time to shut out all the distractions and listen for the voice of the one who will lead you and show you the way to go?
Week 2: I AM the Bread of Life
“I Am the Bread of Life” – John 6:25-35
Throughout the parables, Jesus often connects the physical to the spiritual. When He states that He is the “Bread of Life,” Jesus means that beyond just providing for our physical needs, He has the ability to be the very substance of our existence. Jesus is both the satisfier and the sustainer of life. Though we often look to so many things other than Him to satisfy us, Jesus wants us to know that He is our all in all.
Week 1: I AM the Resurrection and the Life
“I am the Resurrection and the Life” John 11:1-25
When Jesus heard of the death of Lazarus, he was deeply saddened. One would think that a situation like that would cause Jesus to respond with great haste. However, He waited until the word had spread that Lazarus had already begun to decompose (the King James Version states that “he stinketh”). Jesus allowed the situation to become grave, dismal, and hopeless before he stepped in. Simply put, Jesus wanted to make sure that God received all of the Glory for what was about to happen. Martha wanted to know why didn’t he come to heal Lazarus immediately, and Jesus’ response to her is simple: “I AM the resurrection and the life, those who believe in Me, even though they die, yet shall they live….Do you believe this?” Do we believe that Jesus is who He says He is? Do we believe that Jesus has the power to give life and give it abundantly? Do we believe that Jesus has the power to make all things new for us? The answer is yes! We believe in Jesus, who declares HE IS!