Finding Life

The “I am” statements spoken by Jesus in John’s gospel are among the best known and loved verses within the whole Bible. On seven occasions in John’s gospel, Jesus uses the phrase, “I am”, to explain who he is, why he came, and what he offers to those who choose to follow him.

 

In the introduction to his gospel John writes, “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another” (John 1:16). All of the “I am” statements reflect this sense of the fulness of life that Christ’s offers. In almost all the contexts in which Jesus made these declarations what he said was disputed. The same is true today.

 

Yet in these deeply personal sayings Christ offers us himself, and through receiving and responding to his words, we receive Christ, and all that he offers. We find life.

John 6: 25-59 and Exodus 16: 1-18 Finding what truly satisfies - Jim Gladstone (Video) (Audio Only)
Morning Service, Sunday, January 9, 2022
Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty’ (John 6:35). Coming to Jesus and believing in him are necessary steps in finding what truly satisfies. Both the manna in the desert (Exodus 16) and the feeding of the 5000 (John 6) were divine provisions of nourishment, but only Jesus truly satisfies our spiritual need. This passage highlights the seal of approval which Jesus has from God his Father, and challenges us to consider what coming to him and believing in him really means. As we respond to the open invitation to come to him (6:35) we realise that we are also drawn by God (6:44) who is saving us by his grace. The sermon concludes with a challenge to come to Christ and to worship God for the ‘incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.’
John 8:12-30 - Finding our way in the dark - David Knowles (Video) (Audio Only)
Morning Service, Sunday, January 16, 2022
Light so indispensable to life ! However it’s Jesus words “I am the Light of the World” that brings Light completely into focus. Unless we follow him our day to day walk will be shrouded in darkness and life will never become all that God wants us to experience
John 10:1-10 - Finding Salvation - David Knowles (Video) (Audio Only)
Morning Service, Sunday, January 23, 2022
Painting a picture that was familiar to His hearers then and incorporating a simple aspect that resonates with us today Jesus said I Am the Door. The way into the sheep fold was often guarded by the shepherd himself being the door. The only way in was through the shepherd and in being the door he provided that access, but also protection for the sheep. For two legged sheep like us, Jesus is The door to life which is abundant, it is through him we find salvation.