This is the time of year when it seems that everyone has an opinion about Jesus. The History Channel will run documentaries, TIME magazine will print articles, countless bloggers will post to their websites, and millions of people will debate the identity of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, few people will actually allow Jesus to speak for himself. Instead, they will put words in his mouth.
But what if we did not import our own opinions? What if we did not allow the claims of others to influence the way we perceive the most controversial person in history? What if we did not speculate as to who he was and what he did?
What if we simply let Jesus speak for himself?
This is the goal of a new 7-part sermon series I start on Sunday at Redemption entitled ""I Am: Letting Jesus speak for himself."
Seven times in the Gospel of John, Jesus made unequivocal statements about who he was and the mission he'd come to accomplish. Over the course of this series we will explore each of these statements and allow Jesus to both define and describe himself in his own words.
If you'd like to follow along, I will post links to the podcasts, sermon outlines, discussion questions, and some additional resources. I'd covet your prayers as we begin this study and hope you will will jump in with us.
Part 1: "I am the bread of life" (John 6:22-59)
Part 2: "I am the Light of the world" (John 8:12-38)
Part 3: "I am the gate" (John 10:1-21)
Part 4: "I am the good shepherd" (John 10:1-21)
Part 5: "I am the resurrection and the life"( John 11:1-44)
Part 6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:1-14)
Part 7: "I am the vine" (John 15:1-17)