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The Lord Your Healer: 

Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch by Paul J. Bucknell

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Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch

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The Bible Teaching Commentary on Genesis: The Book of Foundations

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Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God

 

Survey of the Gospel of John

Gospel of John, an Overview

Christ: The Heart of Christianity

The Purpose of the Gospel of John
The Power of the Gospel of John
The Penetration of the Gospel of John
The Plan of the Gospel of John

The Power of the Gospel of John

The Bible Teaching Commentary

Paul J. Bucknell
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Gospel of John: Purpose | Power | Penetration | Plan

Introduction and Survey of Gospel of John: Teaching video | Audio

Purpose

The Power of the Gospel of John progressively reveals the glory of Christ through Jesus' seven 'I am' declarations in the Gospel of John. Each 'I am' has a title, description and text as well as a Seven Signs of Gospel of John diagram chart. Study questions are included.

Jesus' Seven 'I Am' Statements

B. The Power of the Gospel of John

John takes us with him in the Gospel of John on a rough road of believing. The road is not predictable. What we think might work in our spiritual lives often does not work. In fact, it is more often the unexpected and surprising things that bring people to a deeper awareness of Christ which in turn affects their lives.

Is following Jesus Christ more like:

(1) Swimming in a pool (below left) or

(2) Swimming in the ocean (below right)?

pool

Safe Controllable Can see Predictable Can't be bitten Controllable Can see Predictable Can't be bitten Controllable Can see Predictable Can't be bitten

(1) in a controlled and
predictable environment
such as a pool,
waves

Can be dangerous Uncontrollable Can't see Very unpredictable Might be bitten

(2) in unknown and
unpredictable ocean
waters?

Walking through the Gospel of John with Christ is more like a trip into the ocean.

Each step, each encounter, leads us to unexpected revelations of the glory of Jesus Christ. What else would one expect from knowing the only Son of God, the eternal logos?

I am!

We see this same progressive revelation of Christ in His seven 'I am' statements. Each of the seven "I am" quotes in the Gospel of John reveal some significant aspect of Christ.

No man would say such things, but Jesus could say them without questions from His disciples or even His enemies!

Jesus Seven 'I am' Statements Diagram Chart

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Jesus' 7 'I am' statements in the Gospel of John

Let's look at them a bit closer below in the chart.

Explanation of Jesus' 7 'I Am' Statements

Reference

Brief Quote

Title

Description

The Scripture Text

John 6:48
I am the bread of life.

The Sustainer

He gives us all we need.

I am the bread of life.

John 8:12
I am the light of the world.

The Illuminator

He brings the energy of light into our dark world.

Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life." (cf. 9:5)

John 10:9
I am the door.

The Mediator

He brings us where we otherwise could not go.

I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

John 10:11
I am the good shepherd.

The Caretaker

He cares for us just like we need it.

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 Life Giver

He brought us from death into life eternal.

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.",

John 14:6
I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

The Leader

He guides us through all of life's difficult ways.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me."

John 15:1
I am the true vine.

The Success Maker

He makes us unbelievably productive.

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

-D. The Plan of the Gospel of John, Summary Points

 

B. The Power of the Gospel of John

  • Revelation of Christ's true nature

Knowing Christ is a step by step set of experiences.

  • Regularly experience a changed life.

The more I know Christ, the more my life is affected.

-D. The Plan of the Gospel of John, Study Questions

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Study Questions for the Gospel of John

• How has your knowledge of the glory of Christ increased over the years?

• Pray that you may grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Christ (cf. Eph 1:17).

 

If Christ doesn't impact our lives, then He is not known to our lives!

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