We are beginning our fall sermon series, based on the Alpha program ongoing through several of our Bible studies through early December.  The first and introductory study looks at the question: Is there more to life than this?  Rev. Schaefer pointed out that many people are looking for more, yet experience a sense of emptiness no matter how much they have.  There’s so much angst in the world, she pointed out, so many frightening or disturbing images on the news, in our communities, of pain and hurt and disappointment.  Life today leaves us frequently asking the question, is there really more to life than this?  The answer, she shares, is YES! She points to  seven instances in the Gospel of John where Jesus addresses this, and shares with us the answer: I Am.

Based on Exodus 3:13-15 and…

  • John 6:35: “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
  • John 8:12: “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
  • John 10:9: “I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture.”
  • John 10:11: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
  • John 11:25: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies”
  • John 14:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing.”