This begins our Lenten series on the ”I am” statements of Jesus. There is much to say here and in all of the upcoming sermons as the imagery Jesus uses is full of Old Testament reference and meaning, let alone the new understanding that Jesus brings and our applications today. The following are a few associations with bread:
- Manna from heaven
- Bethlehem, in Hebrew means “House of Bread”
- Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of the Lord
This week we will look at how Jesus presents Himself to us and what he means by saying “I am the Bread of Life”.
Scripture Reference: John 6: 35-51
This week we are talking about healing prayer. God still heals people. He still asks us to pray. We know there is plenty of need, yet how do we participate in prayers for healing? Today we begin to answer these questions. Our hope is that we grow in obedience and faith as we see God at work in our midst.
What do you need prayer for?
Scripture Reference: James 5:13-16 and Mark 2: 1-12
Depression strikes many people in our community and can be devastating. We often underestimate, at these times, God’s love and healing power. We want to reexamine this and learn some ways we can be of help to ourselves and others around us who suffer from the effects of depression.
Scripture Reference: Psalm 42
The idea of righteousness changes from the Old to New Testament. In Romans Paul explains a little more about the gospel and the new righteousness, or new path to righteousness, i.e. faith, as opposed to keeping the law perfectly.
I think we still struggle with that transformation in our lives a Christians. We are concerned with right and wrong and want to do the right thing, but certainly know the frustrations of not being able or sometimes even willing to do this as Paul also relates in Romans 7.
I want, again, to reiterated that we are considered righteous in God’s eyes by virtue of what Jesus has done. Therefore I would want people to embrace the gift of righteousness, relax just a bit, and do what we do out of love and gratitude for God. There is nothing we can do to become more righteous. There is nothing we can do to have the abundant life of God flow through us more freely, being a blessing to us and those around us.
Scripture Reference: Romans 3
These Stories of Genesis are ancient. They describe the beginning of God’s people. The traits God built into them during the time of the Patriarchs are traits that are still necessary to God’s people today.
“Joseph: What Forgiveness Looks Like” – The second of a two-part look at Joseph, this week we will dwell on forgiveness. Joseph puts flesh to bones on this and presages the work of Jesus.
Scripture Passages: Genesis 45: 1-8 and 50: 14-16