The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word, profound, several ways -- Having intellectual depth and insight; Extending far below the surface; Coming from, reaching to, or situated at a depth; Characterized by intensity of feeling or quality; All encompassing. Many people would simply say, “it is really deep, bro.” When I think of profound I see something that has very important and virtually life-changing implications. However you see the word, profound, it is “really deep, bro.” With these sentiments in mind, we embark on a new sermon series, Profound, studying the seven “I AM” statements made by Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of John.
In all of life, philosophy, science, politics, history, art and religion there is nothing more profound than this: Jesus Christ, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that as the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11 (NASB) Understanding that the Creator of the Universe wants a relationship with us is mind-blowing and life-altering. Accomplishing this connection was the work and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
We began with in the beginning was the Word. The importance of God’s Word cannot be understated. I do not know what Pastor Ed will present the next seven weekends but what I do know is the source material is GOAT – Greatest Of All Time and you will want to tune in. Each “I AM” will reveal life-changing implications. This series is part of an all-church study and to get the most I heartily encourage you to join a Connect Small Group this season. All small groups will be tracking with Pastor Ed’s sermon notes and questions. God built us for relationships and a small group is a great place to practice what God intended for us. I challenge you to do something “profound” the next seven weeks.