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I AM | Promised Presence – Michael Acock

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Today, Michael Acock speaks in the first week of our Easter 2024 sermon series called “I AM.” We will look at the statements through the Bible, especially those in the book of John where Jesus calls himself the I AM.

Centuries before these statements were written, God had revealed himself to Moses with the decisive statement “I am” or “I am who I am” in Exodus 3:14. Another way to say this is I will be who I will be. God gives a personal name that conveys His dominion over all things, the source of His power, and His eternal nature: I AM. He is the self-sufficient, self-sustaining God who was, who is, and who will be.

Throughout the OT, others added to his name “I am (translated Jehovah or Lord) by adding names that clarified his character, such as Jehovah-Jireh (my provider), Jehovah Rapha (the Lord heals), Jehovah Nissi (the Lord my banner), Jehovah Shalom (the Lord our peace), Jehovah Raah (the Lord my shepherd), and more.

Then in John, Jesus uses the same name (I am) in talking with the Samaritan woman, when walking on water toward the disciples’ boat, in responding to a complaint by the Pharisees, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and more. He was referring to the expressions from the OT and declaring that He is the I AM.

We hope this message encourages you and helps you know Jesus in a more real way. You can find the full sermon notes and other resources at our website.  Subscribe to us at our YouTube channel, on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify. You can also visit us at Facebook or Instagram.

This was recorded live on March 10, 2024 in Columbia, Missouri at Christian Fellowship Church.

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