The Inside Column 18/6

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jun 19, 2017 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

Today we start a new series out of the gospel of John, called the I AM statements of Jesus. As you read through the book of John, you will encounter 8 different conversations in which Jesus makes very specific, far reaching, outrageous statements about himself. Jesus does not just claim to know these things, or explain these things. He blatantly claims that he is these things. If true, the implications are tremendous.

The I Am statements of Jesus: 

  • John 6: 35, 48 I am the bread of life
  • John 8: 12, 9:5 I am the light of the world
  • John 8: 58 Before Abraham was, I am
  • John 10:9 I am the door
  • John 10:11 I am the good shepherd
  • John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life
  • John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life
  • John 15:1 I am the true vine

As we go through the series you might like to read the chapter beforehand to better understand the context and main point of each one. Ask yourself:

  •  What does it mean?
  • What is the context of each conversation?
  • Who is the primary audience?
  • Why might Jesus be making that particular comment in that context to those hearers?
  • What does it mean to me?

Last week we watched a clip from the HTB leadership confreres, if you would like to see more talks go to http://alpha.org/lc/talks. There is a great deal of teaching you might like to work though in your home groups.

The Alpha Holy Spirit day away was last weekend, with about 80 people attending from several churches across the city. This was a special day and I’ve already heard a number of stories about the Holy Spirit moving powerfully in the lives of people who attended. Thanks to you we were able to help with the cost for 10 people from Victory Community Church to come along. We have three more weeks of the Alpha course lift to run so keep on praying that God will keep moving in people’s lives.

We are considering running the Marriage Course next term. If you are interested in helping run it or would like to attend let the church office know.

Yours in Christ

Phil

 

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