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  1. 2. SYNOPSIS <ul><li>The purpose of all Bible Study is personal transformation </li></ul><ul><li>The addiction to Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>John 8:32… “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” </li></ul>
  2. 3. SYNOPSIS <ul><li>This study will look in depth at the 7 “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John </li></ul><ul><li>We will then draw the patterns from these statements with the rest of the Bible. </li></ul>
  3. 4. SYNOPSIS <ul><li>The Goal is to help you understand and know God in a Deeper way. </li></ul><ul><li>John’s Gospel is the Deep Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>The Synoptics & John </li></ul>
  4. 6. UNDERSTANDING JOHN <ul><li>No Demons in John </li></ul><ul><li>No Parables in John </li></ul><ul><li>John intends to reveal Christ’s True Nature </li></ul><ul><li>4 types of thought </li></ul>
  5. 7. UNDERSTANDING JOHN <ul><li>Knowing Christ is a step by step set of experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Each step leads you deeper in your Understanding </li></ul><ul><li>The more I know Christ, the more my life is affected </li></ul>
  6. 8. Is Following Jesus more like?
  7. 9. Is Following Jesus more like?
  8. 10. Ego Eimi
  9. 11. Ego Eimi <ul><li>Occurs 24 Times in John’s Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>We will be looking at 9 instances </li></ul><ul><li>7 of which make up the “I am” absolutes </li></ul>
  10. 12. Tetragrammaton <ul><li>Exodus 3:11-15… But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be </li></ul>
  11. 13. Tetragrammaton <ul><li>The sign for you, that I have sent you; when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this Mountain.” </li></ul><ul><li>Then Moses said to God, “If I </li></ul>
  12. 14. Tetragrammaton <ul><li>Come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them? </li></ul>
  13. 15. Tetragrammaton <ul><li>God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ and he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ God also said to Moses , “Say to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God </li></ul>
  14. 16. Tetragrammaton <ul><li>Of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. </li></ul>
  15. 17. Tetragrammaton <ul><li>Because of the Holiness of God’s name it was to be never spoke by the Israelites…thus the name YHWH is to be read ADONAI </li></ul><ul><li>What’s written in Greek was spoken in Hebrew/Aramaic </li></ul>
  16. 18. Tetragrammaton <ul><li>When Jesus said “ego eimi…” he was using the name of God to describe himself </li></ul><ul><li>A word Israelites would not use </li></ul><ul><li>It would be seen as a direct claim of being God. </li></ul>
  17. 19. John 8:21-24 <ul><li>“ So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will see me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going </li></ul>
  18. 20. John 8:21-24 <ul><li>You cannot come?’ He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I AM HE you will die in your sins. </li></ul>
  19. 21. John 8:21-24 <ul><li>You cannot come?’ He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I AM you will die in your sins. </li></ul>
  20. 22. John 8:53-59 <ul><li>“ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, </li></ul>
  21. 23. John 8:53-59 <ul><li>Of whom you say, ‘He is our God’. But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham </li></ul>
  22. 24. John 8:53-59 <ul><li>Rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them </li></ul>
  23. 25. John 8:53-59 <ul><li>“ Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. </li></ul>
  24. 26. Unitarian Universalism <ul><li>The inherent worth and dignity of every person; </li></ul><ul><li>Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; </li></ul><ul><li>A free and responsible search for truth and meaning; </li></ul><ul><li>The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; </li></ul><ul><li>The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. </li></ul>
  25. 27. Unitarian Universalism <ul><li>Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life; </li></ul><ul><li>Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love; </li></ul><ul><li>Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life; </li></ul>
  26. 28. Unitarian Universalism <ul><li>Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves; </li></ul><ul><li>Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. </li></ul>
  27. 29. Unitarian Universalism
  28. 30. The 7 Statements <ul><li>John 6:48 – I am the bread of Life </li></ul><ul><li>John 8:12 – I am the Light of the World </li></ul><ul><li>John 10:9 – I am the Door </li></ul><ul><li>John 10:11 – I am the Good Shepherd </li></ul>
  29. 31. The 7 Statements <ul><li>John 11:25 – I am the resurrection and the life </li></ul><ul><li>John 14:6 – I am the way, the truth, and the life </li></ul><ul><li>John 15:1 – I am the true vine </li></ul>
  30. 32. Patterns and Parrallels <ul><li>God uses patterns all throughout the bible and the world to give us insights </li></ul><ul><li>If we will pay attention to the patterns it will allow us to change ourselves in the easy way. </li></ul><ul><li>Projection vs. Experience </li></ul>
  31. 33. Patterns and Parrallels <ul><li>The Pattern of Creation </li></ul><ul><li>The no. 7 Pattern </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Revelation – churches, spirits, seals, stars, trumpets, bowls, dooms, new things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The days of Creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Sabbath </li></ul></ul>
  32. 34. Patterns and Parrallels <ul><li>The no. 7 Pattern </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 notes in the musical scale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The clean animals in the arc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Priests must be consecrated 7 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Times high priest sprinkled blood on the mercy seat </li></ul></ul>
  33. 35. Patterns and Parrallels <ul><li>The no. 7 Pattern </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jericho – 7 th day – 7 times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 feast days in Israel (Passover, Unleavened, First-fruits, Pentecost, Atonement, Trumpets and Tabernacle) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Menorah </li></ul></ul>
  34. 37. Patterns and Parrallels <ul><li>The no. 7 Pattern </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Naaman washed 7 times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus spoke 7 phrases on the cross </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joseph – 7 years of abundance followed by 7 years of famine </li></ul></ul>
  35. 38. Patterns and Parrallels <ul><li>The no. 7 Pattern </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus said you should forgive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 tends to mean complete, perfect, finished, or whole </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Here is where it gets weird and interesting </li></ul>
  36. 40. Chaos Theory <ul><li>Benoit Mandelbrot </li></ul><ul><li>Fractal Geometry </li></ul><ul><li>The shapes of Nature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Fractals include…Clouds, Coastlines, Lightning, Human Lungs, and Mountains </li></ul></ul>
  37. 41. Chaos Theory <ul><li>Mandelbrot created additional fractal images by mapping variations in the stock market prices, probabilities of words in English, and the motion of turbulent fluids </li></ul>
  38. 42. Why do PATTERNS Matter?
  39. 43. Augustine <ul><li>On the Trinity Ch.2 book 15: Why does it say in the holy Psalm that the hearts of them shall rejoice that seek the Lord, that seek his face forever? Why does it not say that the hearts of them shall </li></ul>
  40. 44. Augustine <ul><li>Rejoice that find the Lord? If that which is always being sought seems as though it will never be found, how then will the hearts of them that seek rejoice, and not rather be made sad, if they cannot </li></ul>
  41. 45. Augustine <ul><li>Find what they seek? For the holy Psalm does not say, The hearts shall rejoice of them that find, but of them that seek, the Lord.” </li></ul>
  42. 46. Augustine <ul><li>Goes on to say… “when one has been able to find how incomprehensible that is which he was seeking.” </li></ul><ul><li>In other words…Augustine hypothesized that we are drawn towards that which is beyond our comprehension </li></ul>
  43. 47. Augustine <ul><li>Joy then comes… “when one has been able to find how incomprehensible that is which he was seeking.” </li></ul><ul><li>In other words…Augustine hypothesized that we are drawn towards that which is beyond our comprehension </li></ul>

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