Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas, TX

April 5, 2020
Before Abraham was, I AM
John 8:23-27, 31-38, 48-59
Paul Goebel


John 8:23-27

23He said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins." 25So they said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.

26I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him." 27They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father.

John 8:31-38

The Truth Will Set You Free

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 33They answered him, "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?"

34Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.

35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father."

John 8:48-59

Before Abraham Was, I Am

48The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?" 49Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." 52The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.' 53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?"

54Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.' 55But 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. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad." 57So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" 58Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." 59So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.


What is Holy Week?

For many, Holy Week is the most beloved week of the year at our church. It is beloved not merely for the beautiful music, added fellowship, or triumphant celebration, but for the way it helps fix our eyes on Jesus Christ. Our rhythm of rest and worship during Holy Week helps clear away the debris of distraction and helps remind us how central and significant the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are. The drama of Holy Week is the center of Scripture, of history, and – because of our sin and our union with Jesus Christ – the center of our lives as Christians.

This year will be different for us in that we will not be able to gather together each day at PCPC, but our hearts and minds can together focus on our Lord and Savior Jesus from wherever you are.

Stream Schedule

  • April 5 - Palm Sunday Service – 9:30 a.m.
  • April 6-10 - Noon Weekday Services – Noon-12:35 p.m.
  • April 9 - Maundy Thursday Communion Service – 7:00 p.m.
  • April 12 - Easter Sunday Service – 9:30 a.m.

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Prayer

If you are in need of pastoral care during this season, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our pastors through Wilma Morgan at 214-224-2742 or email at 24-7prayer@pcpc.org. We are eager to walk with you and encourage all of our flock during this time. If you have physical or financial needs that our diaconate can assist with, please email deaconhelp@pcpc.org. We have also set up a Prayer Wall where you can submit prayer requests and pray for others during this season.

Day of Prayer & Fasting

We invite you to join us in a day of prayer and fasting each Wednesday. You can find more details including guided prayer assistance at Day of Prayer & Fasting.

Easter Daily Prayer Guide

April 12–June 6
Our theme is “Grace & Peace” and will run from April 12 – June 6. Together we will pray and read through Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Download it on the PCPC app with iOS or Android devices or download a PDF HERE. We will not have printed books during this season.


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