The Sermon Series "Jesus Said I Am..."

Ths series examines the ‘I Am’ statements of Jesus as he reveals more and more about Himself.

I Am the Good Shepherd

January 1, 2017

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Sermon Notes :

In the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth - God becoming flesh - the shepherds caring for their flocks of sheep on the hillsides near Bethlehem figure prominently in the announcement of the holy birth.  They come into to the presence of the newborn Savior of the world and are transformed from mere shepherds into earthly heralds of the Good News.

Later, during Jesus’ adult ministry, he made seven defining ‘’I AM’’ statements - in one of which he says, ‘’I am the Good Shepherd.’’ Being a good shepherd assumes there is a flock of sheep to take care of and while we don't like to think of ourselves as sheep, the truth is we need guidance, protection, and tender loving care. Yes, we need a shepherd and in Jesus we find we have a Good Shepherd in the most divine sense.

Scripture References:

8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

19-20 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told! ~Luke 2.8-20 [The Message]

11-13 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.” ~John 10.11-18 [The Message]

I Am the Bread of Life

January 8, 2017

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It’s Never been about the Bread

The crowds wanted life in the body.

Jesus came to give to them life eternal.

Don’t miss real life for just bread.

Scripture References:

“Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’” ~John 6:26-27

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” ~John 6:35

“But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.” ~John 6:36

“For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” ~John 6:33

I Am the Alpha and Omega

January 8, 2017

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Nothing takes Jesus by Surprise

The constant message of love and grace.

Jesus is the same and he keeps his word.

From beginning to end, Jesus brings life.

Scripture References:

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.  Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.’” ~Revelation  21:5-7

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.” ~Hebrews 13:8-9

 “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’” ~Revelation 1:8

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  ‘Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.’” ~Revelation  22:12-14

I Am the Vine

January 22, 2017

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We All have our Part to Play

Jesus is the vine, we are the branches.

We are pruned so we will bear more.

The fruit we bear is not from us but God.

Scripture References:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing…  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” ~John 15:5,7

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. ” ~John 15:1-2

 “If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” ~John 15:6

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” ~John 15:8

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” ~John 15:16

I Am the Light of the World

January 29, 2017

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Shining light into the Darkness

The light of the world that brings life.

We too are the light of the world.

We can do greater things than Jesus.

Scripture References:

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” ~John 8:12

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” ~John 1:4-9

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” ~John 9:5

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:14-16

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” ~ John 14:12

I Am the Way, Truth, and Life

February 5, 2017

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Jesus Embodies Salvation

Jesus is the way the and the life.

Jesus is the only way to salvation.

How do we live out this Good News.

Scripture References:

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” ~John 14:6

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” ~1 John 5:11-12

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” ~Acts 4:12

“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call upon him.  For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ~Romans 10:12-13

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” ~Matthew 7:13-14

I Am the Resurrection and Life

February 12, 2017

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Lazarus and Resurrection

Why did Jesus raise him from the dead?

The promised resurrection is eternal.

We must live like, this is not our home.

Scripture References:

“So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.’” ~John 11:41-42

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” ~ John 11:24-25

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed - in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality” ~1 Corinthians 15:51-52

“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” ~Hebrews 13:14

 

Before Abraham was...I Am

February 19, 2017

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Jesus Beyond Metaphors

Jesus confronts the arrogant Pharisees.

Jesus reveals Himself as eternal with God.

We must live with the confidence of Jesus.

Scripture References:

“Jesus said to them, ‘if God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.” ~John 8:42-44

“‘Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.” ~ John 11:58

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” ~John 1:1-4

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” ~Hebrews 4:16

 

Jesus said "Whod do You say I am?"

February 26, 2017

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Who is Jesus in your life?

Who is Jesus according to the people.

Who is Jesus according to His friends.

Jesus asks us, who do you say I am.

Scripture References:

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’  They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’” ~Matthew 16:13-14

“‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’  Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” ~Matthew 16:15-16

“Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.’” ~Matthew 16:17

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” ~Romans 10:14-15