The first two times Jesus says “I am,” no predicate nominative
follows. Remember seventh-grade English class: a predicative nominative
is a noun that follows a linking verb. The first time, he says “I Am–the
one who speaks with you” to the woman at the well. The second time, he
says “I Am. Don’t be afraid” to the disciples. In both cases the words
stands alone: I AM. These statements are declarations of God’s very
being, and they appear several more times over the course of the Gospel.
A broader statement cannot be made. “I AM” is as close as language can
get to universality and eternity. One of the markers of this revelation
is a second kind of “I am” statement. This second kind takes a piece of
the great “I AM” and fills in the blank that our sense of curiosity
wills to be there. When Jesus says, “I am the
bread/light/shepherd/vine/___,” he is comparing himself to those things.
In these “I am ________” statements, Jesus discloses a piece of his
divine identity, enough for us to hear, swallow, and digest over the
course of a lifetime.
Session 1 - I Am the Bread of Life. Nourished to Be Nourishment.
Session 2 - I Am the Light of the World. Turning to the Light.
Session 3 - I Am the Good Shepherd. Cast Out of Complacency.
Session 4 - I Am the Vine. Connecting the Branches.
Each session begins with an opening prayer, followed by the text of
the day being read aloud. The group will enjoy a 5-7-minute video where
Adam shares his thought on the Scripture and its "unusual" focus. The
group will discuss the readings for the day then close with prayer.
The new and exciting aspect of this particular Bible study series is
the blending of traditional weekly Sunday school with modern,
daily-delivered digital content, which will keep readers connected with
the material throughout the week. Between the daily communication and
the group gatherings, participants will immerse themselves in the Good
The emails that accompany this study are crucial to the small-group
experience and leaders should notify small-group members to subscribe
for their emails at least 1-2 days in advance of the first gathering.