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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 nature. And when you hear Jesus refer to Himself by saying; “I Am the Bread of life,” or “I Am the Light of the World,” or “I Am the Door,” or “I Am the Good Shepherd,” or I am the Resurrection and the Life,” or “I Am the Way the Truth and the Life,” or “I Am the True Vine,” He’s helping us understand another dimension of who He is.

In this sermon, we learn that Jesus came to meet our need for eternal life, not by giving us bread, but by being the Bread that was given. We learn that He alone gives us eternal life because He is the Bread of God, He did the will of the Father perfectly, God reveals Him to us, and He gave His life for us.

In the end we must chose – will we walk or will we believe?

Scripture: John 6:25-69; Isaiah 54:13; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

Reset on Mission

Three times in Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul writes that our salvation is all about the glory of God. He writes that our salvation is “to the praise of his glorious grace…” “to the praise of his glory…” “to the praise of His glory!” And as you read through this passage you see that God has chosen and adopted us for His glory, redeemed and forgiven us for His glory, and sealed and secured us for His glory. Our salvation is all about His glory.

And as His chosen and adopted, redeemed and forgiven, sealed and secured sons and daughters, He’s saved us to show the world His glory! And since Christ has not yet come and we’ve not yet come into possession of our inheritance, we know that God’s not done saving people, so our mission is for His glory!

That means evangelism is telling the world, your family, neighbor, co-worker, teammate, friends what great things God has done for our salvation. God is glorified when His mighty works of grace are made known.

Now, as God’s people in the Ahwatukee Foothills, we want to spread the news of His glory and grace to everyone we know. We want to pray for people to know Him, invite them to come and hear of Him, and share the gospel with them!

Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14; Psalm 93:6; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 2

There is a Redeemer

Ruth 4 shows how God brings redemption out of ruin through the birth of a son. Boaz selflessly follows God’s Word to care for Naomi and Ruth and to perpetuate the name of Elimelech and Mahlon. Through this selfless act, God providentially provides His people with a redeemer, a king, and a Messiah. As God’s people today, we are called to trust in Him and the provision that He has made for His people through His Son, Jesus. In the Gospel we are called to selflessly follow God’s Word.

Scripture: Ruth 4:1-17

Making Known the Unknown God

Maybe your neighbor has this bumper sticker, “Coexist.” That was Athens when the Apostle Paul entered it on his second missionary journey. Athens was like a college town. Philosophy, art, politics, education, commerce, and religion were all part of the experience in the heart of the city, the marketplace.

As we look into this passage, we see Paul present Christ in the marketplace and learn what that might look like for us.

Scripture: Acts 17:16-34

Grace Alone

The gospel can be threatened. The Good News of how a person can be saved can be threatened by persecution or obscured by false teaching. False teaching changes the good news, adding to or subtracting from God’s clear message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus.

Acts 15 is the story of how the early church answered a threat to the clear message of the gospel and applied the truth of salvation by grace through faith to their lives together as believers in the church.

This passage answers some key questions for us:
What is the gospel?
What must a person do to be saved?
Who is included in the “people of God”?
How should we go about defending the truth of the gospel?
How does the gospel influence the way we show love for other believers?

Scripture: Acts 15:1-16:5; Amos 9:11-12; Leviticus 17-18; Galatians 2

Philip and the Ethiopian

God is working in your life, in the foreground and background, to bring about His will for you.

Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

Who Is Jesus?

Acts 3 is an example of the “signs and wonders” being done at the hands of the Apostles Luke refers to in Acts 2:43. Peter and John, going to the temple see a lame man they likely have seen many times before, but this time it’s different. Peter speaks in Jesus name and the man is healed. A crowd gathers and Peter preaches his second sermon.

Chapter three is a miracle and a message. And this miracle is a message about the salvation Jesus can bring to our souls. It’s also about the restoration Jesus will bring to the world!

Scripture: Acts 3:1-26, 2:43; Isaiah 65:17, 35:5-6

The Patriarch Abraham Part Two

Today we come to one of the most dramatic and most well-known events in the O.T. To understand Abraham, we must understand this passage. It is a one-of-a-kind story that portrays the greatest story ever told. Abraham would offer Isaac by faith and in doing so, gives us a good look at what would happen 2000+ years later on Mt. Calvary.

In Genesis 22 we find central truths that will help us better understand how we come to Christ and what is expected after we do.

Testing is one of the lessons of the passage. Testing is not the same thing as tempting. In temptation, Satan lures us to disobey God. The purpose of testing (or trials) is that God is behind it and the purpose is to build faith. Abraham was about to face his greatest test.

Jehovah Jira is one of the compound names of God. It means “God will provide.” Abraham was faced with a great dilemma. God had asked him to sacrifice his long-desired son. Would he do it? Why would God call for this to happen?

Finally, what does Abraham teach us about faith that is required for salvation?

Scripture: Genesis 22; James 1:2-4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; Hebrews 11:17-19; Romans 4:1-3

The Message of the Church – The Gospel

What is it that the church has to say? We believe the message of the church is the Gospel. Paul refers to it as “the gospel of God,” “the gospel of His son,” and also “the word of the cross.” Christians are gospel people. We believe that the gospel is the message that saved us. And as followers of Christ, we obey His command to make disciples of all the nations by spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth.

But it’s not always clear what people mean by the word “gospel.” It’s simply “good news,” but what passes for the gospel in some churches, online, etc. is not the good news Paul or the rest of the apostles preached. The pressure is real to “adjust” the gospel to our culture, but eternity is at stake if we get it wrong.

Scripture: Romans 1:1-1

Extreme Makeover

How can we know if the resurrection happened? That is a crucial question, isn’t it! If the resurrection isn’t real, it means that Jesus isn’t who He said He is, the Son of God. Also, if the resurrection didn’t happen, then we have no hope of the forgiveness of our sin or having eternal life.

A lot depends on the resurrection, doesn’t it! Is there a way to confirm that it happened and that Jesus is alive? The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Let’s look at the hard evidence that proves to us that we have a risen Savior.

Scripture: John 20:1–9 (ESV); Acts 2:14 (ESV); Acts 2:41–42 (ESV)