Bible Study: “I am” Sayings of Jesus

Tuesday Evening: September 17-October 22

7 PM | Far Hills Room 13


Wednesday Morning: September 18-October 23

10 AM | Far Hills Conference Room

We are fortunate that the early church decided it was important to include four gospels in the canon. This gives us a much broader picture of who Jesus is, his ministry, and his teachings. While the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke focus on the teachings and ministry of Jesus, each from a different perspective, the Gospel of John focuses more on who Jesus is. The writers of the first three gospels have recorded the many parables Jesus told. However, the writer of the Gospel of John does not include these parables, but has composed longer, well-developed discourses or narratives which are then spoken by Jesus.

Unique to the Gospel of John are the “I am” sayings of Jesus: “I am the light of the world,” “I am the bread of life.” In this study we will look at seven “I am” sayings. What did they mean to the folks in the early church? What meanings do they have for us today? We each bring our own background, experiences, and understanding to the text; and so we may well find that these sayings have a variety of meanings for our lives today.
Both an afternoon and evening class option are offered, and all are invited to participate. The class will consist of both presentation and class discussion. A handout of study questions will be given each week to help guide participants through the brief reading for the next week. Please bring a Bible to class. If you have any questions, please contact class instructor, Phyllis Scholp.
Please complete the form at left by September 8 if you’re interested, so that we can be sure to have enough resources available. Of course, walk-ins are always welcome!
About Instructor Phyllis Scholp
Member Phyllis Scholp started with Epiphany in 1987, when she was Epiphany’s director of religious education. A graduate of United Theological Seminary, she served for 25 years as an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church. She taught in the religious studies department at the University of Dayton for 10 years, where she earned a Masters in Theological Studies and a PhD in Theology. Retired from ministry and from teaching, she now serves as an academic volunteer in Centerville Schools, this year at a middle school helping students with math. Phyllis lives in Centerville and has three adult children and three grandchildren.
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