Jeremy Jernigan – Executive Pastor of Creative Arts
We had a blast kicking off our new summer series this weekend. It’s called 1×8 and is a study on the eight different “I Am” statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Creatively, we’ve captured the goodness of LEGO for the series as well. That’s the beauty of these colorful little blocks. I can buy them for my kids and not feel bad about playing with them (I suspect I’m not alone in this).
To be “master builders” (a nod to the LEGO Movie) we must build our lives on the cornerstone piece of Christ alone. Sure, we can bring out our creativity in what we build but it won’t last without that firm foundation. A full understanding of Jesus provides that foundational piece for us.
We kicked off the series with a look at some passages from John chapter six where Jesus teaches us that He is the bread of life. This speaks to the often insatiable hunger we find in ourselves and to the reality that only He can fill us. As we saw this weekend, promises of fulfillment abound but Jesus fulfills His promises.
Verses and quotes from the message:
John 6:25-27, 30-35, 41-51
Exodus 16:4; Psalm 78:24-25; Psalm 37:4-5
“‘I am the bread of life’ — here is at the same time one of the greatest claims and one of the greatest offers of Jesus Christ.” William Barclay
“The cost of food in the kingdom is hunger for the bread of heaven, instead of the white bread of the world. Do you want it? Are you hungry? Or are you satisfied with yourself and your television and your computer and your job and your family?” John Piper
“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water…. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably, earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.” C. S. Lewis
Your Grace is Enough – Matt Maher
Marvelous – Phil Wickham
Lord I Need You – Kristian Stanfill
In Christ Alone – Stuart Townend