“I AM: The Startling Claim of Jesus”

I recently participated in a virtual small group study of the book, I AM: The Startling Claim of Jesus. The book is only 71 pages long but is packed with the deep Biblical truths.

The author, Dr. Jesse C. Middendorf*, brought the I AM statements from the book of John alive in four weekly messages. Links to The videos and discussion questions are listed at the bottom of the page

Chapter 1Declaration

Gives us historical context for the I AM statements from the Old Testament (primarily Genesis & Exodus) and then brings us forward to the book of John in the New Testament.

Chapter 2I Am the Bread of Life

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. – John 6:35 NIV

I am the bread of life. John 6:48 NIV

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51 NIV

Chapter 3 I Am the Light of the World

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12 NIV

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” – John 9:5 NIV

Chapter 4 I Am the Gate

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.” – John 10-7 NIV

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” – John 10:9 NIV

Chapter 5 I Am the Good Shepherd

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” – John 10:1-3

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” – John 10:11 NIV

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— ” John 10:14 NIV

Chapter 6I Am the Resurrection and the Life

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;” – John 11:25

Chapter 7I Am the Way, the Truth & the Life

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

Chapter 8I Am the True Vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” – John 15:1-2

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15: 5

Week One – Chapters 1 & 2

Week Two – Chapters 3 & 4

Week Three – Chapters 5 & 6

Week Four – Chapters 7 & 8

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*Dr. Jesse Middendorf currently serves as executive director for the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He served for twenty-eight years as pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, ten of those years at Kansas City First Church. He served as district superintendent on the Northwest Oklahoma district for five years and spent twelve as a general superintendent, retiring in 2013.

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