Before Abraham was, I Am

Jesus calls those who profess belief in Him to abide in His words and forsake their sin by having true belief in who He is. He does this in the context of a dialogue with those who had professed belief in Him. Jesus, however, wants to show them that truly being His disciple means abiding […]

I Am the True Vine

After the fall, God promised to send an offspring. A blessing. He chose a man, Abram, and promised to make a people, a new nation of him. He did, but Israel failed, over and over. They were not the servant, the “vine” God intended. So God sent His Son, and He would be and do […]

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

The cure for the heart troubled by the future or the present is found in Jesus alone. We all face trouble, and it’s very hard not to fixate on the pain, discomfort, disappointment, confusion, or worry. But Jesus teaches His disciples, whose hearts were troubled, that the balm for our troubled hearts lies beyond this […]

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

Just over a year ago, Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others had their lives cut short when their helicopter crashed in LA. Last month, we passed 500,000 lives lost due to the COVID pandemic. And in the last 45 days, 22 people have been killed in mass shootings in ATL, CO, and CA. These […]

I Am The Good Shepherd

There are some clear assumptions in this chapter. We all need a shepherd. We’re all looking for a shepherd. We’re all holding on to someone or something as a shepherd. But who is the real shepherd? Scripture: John 10:11-42; Ezekiel 34

I Am the Door

Jesus calls people sheep. Like sheep, we are creatures with vulnerabilities who need to be protected and provided for. Jesus says He is the door to the sheep pen. He means that He is the way people find protection from those who want to hurt and harm them. He is the way to abundant life […]

I Am The Light of the World

Richard Bauckham, in the opening line of his Oxford University Press book, “Jesus: A Very Short Introduction,” writes that Jesus “is the best known and most influential person in world history.” But if you want to get to know Jesus rather than Bauckham’s good book, you should start with the Bible, particularly the Gospels. They […]

I Am the Bread of Life

Jesus referred to Himself in John’s gospel eight times by using the phrase, “I Am.” It’s the name God gave Moses on the mountain. Jesus used that same term to refer to Himself, not for covert reasons, but to be clear about His nature. Every time He used that phrase He was declaring His divine […]

Work as a Witness

Almost everyone works. You may not work due to age or for issues related to physical or intellectual abilities. If you’re a student, you’re not earning an income, you’re earning grades. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, your not raising money, you’re shaping the character of your children. And if you’re retired, you’re busy at something(s) […]

Priorities for Prayer

The Apostle Paul prays for this young church, but for the second time he asks them to pray for him. As he asks for prayer and prays for these believers, we learn three priorities for prayer. We learn that we should pray because God faithfully guarantees that His word will bear fruit. Because of that […]