“I Am ‘sayings of Jesus” Sermon series at First Church, Congregational

First Church, Congregational will host a new sermon series, “’I Am’ Sayings of Jesus”, from March 17th to April 14th. Services are at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.

First Church is also hosting a Lenten Wednesday study beginning March 13th and ending on April 10th. This study is based on the book “The God We Can Know: Exploring the ‘I Am’ Sayings of Jesus” by Rob Fuquay. From the book description: “The Gospel of John records several declarations by Jesus known as the ‘I Am’ sayings. With each statement Jesus uses vivid images to capture our imagination, revealing more about his identity and purpose.” In this study, Rob Fuquay explores what Jesus meant when he said “I Am…the Bread of Life; the Light of the World; the Good Shepherd; the True Vine; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the Resurrection and the Life.

We will have each study in the Social Room at 7:00 p.m. We will have a program for kid’s kindergarten and up and will have child care for the smaller kids (up through age 4). We will have light refreshments available also.

  • Wednesday, March 6th: Ash Wednesday worship at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
  • Wednesday Study, March 13th: Chapter 1 “Knowing the Great ‘I Am.’” God identified Himself as the great “I Am” in Exodus 3 when Moses encountered the burning bush on the holy mountain. This forms a basis for the “I Am” sayings of Jesus.
  • Sunday Sermon, March 17th: “Knowing the Great ‘I Am.’” Scripture Lesson: Exodus 3:1-14. What’s in a name? This week, we will be introduced to the “I Am” sayings of Jesus, by looking at an earlier time when God named himself, “I Am.”
  • Wednesday Study, March 20th: Chapter 2 “I Am the Bread of Life.” Are we satisfied with what we have/been given or are we always trying to go after more, are we always seeking to “get full?” Join us as we explore this idea this week.
  • Sunday Sermon, March 24th: “I Am the Bread of Life.” Scripture Lesson: John 6:27-59. Are we satisfied with what we have/been given or are we always trying to go after more, are we always seeking to “get full?” Join us as we explore this idea this week.
  • Wednesday Study, March 27th: Chapters 3 & 4 “I Am the Light of the World” & “I Am the Good Shepherd” The story of scripture is one of moving from darkness into the light. When we see Jesus as the good shepherd, we are reminded that God cares for us.
  • Sunday Sermon, March 31st: “I Am the Light of the World & I Am the Good Shepherd” Scripture Lesson: John 7:2, 14; John 8:12; John 10:1-10. The story of scripture is one of moving from darkness into the light. When we see Jesus as the good shepherd, we are reminded that God cares for us.
  • Wednesday Study, April 3rd: Chapters 5 & 6 “I Am the True Vine” & “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” We are reminded that Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches, and we are connected to God in a most intimate way. We will also explore how we understand the “I am the way, the truth, and the life” saying in today’s world.
  • Sunday Sermon, April 7th: “I Am the True Vine.” Scripture Lesson: John 15:1-8. We are reminded that Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches, and we are connected to God in a most intimate way.
  • Wednesday, April 10th: Chapter 7 “I Am the Resurrection and the Life.” We will look at how we can know and trust in God’s possibilities.
  • Sunday Sermon, April 14th: Palm, Confirmation, and Stewardship Sunday. “I Am The Way, the Truth and the Life.” Scripture Lesson: John 14:1-7. Join us as we explore how, as Christians, we understand this saying of Jesus in today’s world.

First Church Congregational is located at 22 Liberty Street, Painesville. For information, contact the church 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 440-357-7518 or email [email protected].

About First Church, Congregational

For 208 years First Church, Congregational, on the Square in Downtown Painesville, has welcomed the community through its doors for spiritual support and guidance. First Church is the oldest congregation in Lake County, dating back to 1810 during the presidency of James Madison. For directions and other First Church Congregational information on services visit First Church Congregational.

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