Sugar River is organized around its purpose (and process) to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Specifically, Sugar River exists for families, friends, and neighbors to Connect, Grow, and Serve in our relationship with God and others.
I often share a dialogue with the Confirmation Class around the purpose and focus of the Gospels. I would ask, “What is a gospel?”, “Where do we find them in the Bible?”, “What do we learn in the Gospels?”, “What are the Synoptic Gospels?”, and “How is the Gospel of John unique?” Maybe you have been away from Confirmation for a while…or may have never participated in a Confirmation Class (Confirmation is a two year program for 7th and 8th grade students that learn about faith, the Bible, theology, and the Christian life, so they can confirm their faith in Jesus Christ.). This Lenten series is for you.
I am so excited about this series on the Gospel of John that is guided by a book by Adam Hamilton of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, KS. We will learn about the important questions named above and most importantly about the meaning of Jesus for our lives.
Please consider the depth of meaning, understanding and purpose you can gain during this coming season of Lent by engaging this incredible Gospel. I would ask you to commit to reading this Gospel and ask these questions to guide your way through the text:
What is said in this passage about Jesus?
In this passage, how does Jesus bring life to me?
What response do these verses require of me?
So while we as a congregation go verse by verse through the reading of John (a reading guide will be provided), the worship series will support your reading with a look more at the major themes and their contexts.
Here is a hint at why this series could be life changing for us individually and as a congregation (spoiler alert): “These things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, and that believing, you will have life in his name.” John 20:31
March 26th : That You May Have Life
The “I AM” Sayings of Jesus
Ex. 3:13-14, John 8:56-58
Remember that John writes this Gospel with the intent to help us understand who Jesus Christ is and the ways in which Jesus offers life to those who believe in him. Theologians call this category of theology as Christology, the study of Christ. We will examine the message that the Gospel of John conveys about who Jesus is, through the “I Am” sayings.