The “I AM” Statements of Jesus
Lenten Sermon Series
The season of Lent comes each year, and Lent invites us into a
deeper, more intentional walk with God. Why now? Why this
spring? On the horizon is Good Friday and Easter, the highpoint of
the Christian year. Shaped by those impending events, the church
has encouraged the forty days before Easter as a time for study,
reflection, and spiritual growth.
To that end, we are inviting all our worshippers (and those reading this) to participate in a reading of a daily devotional – our “Lenten Challenge”. Some who have signed up have never done such a thing. Others have been doing daily devotionals for many years. Regardless of your background, this Lent there’s an opportunity for personal growth, and I ask that you take advantage of it. Daily devotions allow for personal growth and a deepening of the faith. They also help shape our
Consider the following statement:
What we think about ourselves does a great deal to shape our outlook on life and living.
Consider the following, which I have heard others say, both positive and negative:
I am frustrated. I am resourceful. I am hopeful.
I am loveable and capable. I am unlovable. I am afraid.
I am fed-up. I am a hot mess. I am resourceful.
I am a creative. I am negative. I am blessed.
Even though these are statements about one’s self, these words shape and influence how we picture
ourselves, and subsequently shape how we relate to others.
Sermon Series: Jesus says “I AM”
As we might have “I Am….” statements such as those listed above, there is another voice in our ear, that
of Jesus himself. In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes a series of self-defining “I Am” statements. In
engaging in metaphors and principles, Jesus conveys to us important aspects of his identity. This Lent,
each Sunday we will engage these words of Jesus. What follows is a schedule:
- Sunday -“I AM” Theme
- March 10 -The Door
- March 17 -Bread of Life
- March 24 -Light of the World
- March 31 -True Vine
- April 7 -The Good Shepherd
- April 14 -Palm Sunday: The Passion according to John
- April 21 -Easter:I am the Resurrection and the Life
Each of these statements give us a glimpse of how Jesus relates to our lives. Most, but not all, are
metaphors. The goal of this series is to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus. If our understanding of
Jesus grows, our confidence in how he works in our lives also will grow. That is my hope and goal for
every person who visits our congregation.
I pray that this Lent would be a time of deepening our spiritual roots. As we reflect on our own identity in
daily devotions and in worship, we also encounter Christ, who brings his transforming grace to our lives.
+Pastor Jason Talsness