Pathways to Discipleship

This Summer (June 20 - August 1) focuses on seven "I Am" statements of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John. As Jesus tells us what he "is", he is inviting us to know him better.  How does this enlarge our relationship with the God who sent him? 

A June 20 kick off class linked below and weekly *emails will allow you to take Formation on the Go.  Each will provide scripture, a video lesson, questions to guide your exploration of the text, and periodic reflections on the passage from our youth.  

The resources below will give you additional pathways to explore these words of Jesus.

*You'll receive emails if you received them in Lent.  Not signed up for devotional emails? Use this link to update your preferences.

Targeted to Youth Families All

 

JUNE 20 - I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35-51)

Read

John 6:35-51

FORMATION ON THE GO LESSON - June 21

Introduction to the Fourth Gospel - Rev. Dr. Lindsey Trozzo, Princeton Theological Seminary 

Watch

Introduction to the I Am Statements - Sunday Class Recording (29:00) - Rev. Robert Galloway

Intro to I am the Bread of Life - Robert Galloway

John 6:35-51 in video (2:15)

I Am the Bread of Life (14:06) Lesson - Rev. Dr. Mark Wallace - Swarthmore Pres.

Listen

Intro to the Fourth Gospel - Rev. Dr. Lindsey Trozzo, Princeton Theologicial Seminary (video 27:49)

Do

If your health allows, plan to skip a meal.  Observe what it is like to feel hungry. Use this meditation to help you consider the ways that you are fed spiritually. Think of the times that you fill yourself and neglect to leave room for the bread of life.

Make soda bread with Tommy Holderness.

JUNE 27 - I am the Light of the World (John 8:1-12)

Listen

Do

On what might the light of Christ need to shine for you? Pray this prayer as you give thanks for the Light of the World.

 

JULY 4 - I am the Gate (John 10:1-10)

Read

John 10:1-10

FORMATION ON THE GO LESSON - JULY 4

Watch

Intro to I Am the Gate (7:56) - Robert Galloway

I am the Gate of the Sheep (12:23) - Lesson - Rev. Dr. Joyce Chin - Swarthmore Pres.

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Do

Count the doors in your house. What do they keep in and what do they keep out?  How do they keep you safe?  What would life be like if there were no doors?

 

JULY 11 - I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18)

Watch

Intro to I Am the Good Shepherd (7:32) - Robert Galloway

I Am the Good Shepherd (15:38 lesson - Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight Swarthmore Pres.

Listen

Jesus in His Own Words: I am the Good Shepherd (24:10) - sermon Christ Presbyterian Church 

Do

Jesus states that he knows the Father and the father knows him (v. 15).  In today's language, Jesus has great "self-awareness." Discover more about yourself by completing the statement, "I am___".  It could be something you believe about yourself or an aspiration. (Ex. I am anxious, I am loved, I am confident)

 

JULY 18 - I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:17-27)

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Listen

I Am the Resurrection and the Life (14:41) podcast - Rev. Bill Searight -Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch

Do

Read John 11:17-27.  What word, phrase or idea captures your attention?  Read it again and again. Consider what thoughts come to mind as you meditate on this word, phrase or idea. What does it remind you of?  What does it make you hope for?  Don’t worry when random thoughts enter your head. As they come, offer them to God.

 
 

JULY 25 - I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:1-7)

Read

John 14:1-7

Seeking God First - Richard Rohr

Faith is a Gift to Relax Into - Peter W. Marty Christian Century

FORMATION ON THE GO LESSON - JULY 25

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Do

Activate Grace:  try the spiritual practice in this short lesson (3:59) on John 14. Look for ways that grace shows up in your life.

 

AUGUST 1 - I am the Vine (John 15:1-5)

Watch

I am the True Vine ( 7:35) - Robert Galloway 

 

The Vine and Branches - illustrated (4:04)

Do

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