The Inside Column 9/7

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jul 10, 2017 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

Today we will be looking at the I Am statement of Jesus “I am the good shepherd”

‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me –  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep. - John 10:11–15

 This is a follow on from Luke’s talk last week where Jesus said “I am  the Gate” Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. - John 10:7 

As we work our way through these statements of Jesus we read over and over again the people that first heard him say these words were divided, some thinking he was mad, others seeing the miracles Jesus was doing became followers and the Pharisees were trying to find ways to kill him.

Throughout the book of John there is this running theme, who is this Jesus? It is this question that still to this day divides people. Who is Jesus? One of the other themes that runs through John is a call to put ones faith in this Jesus, a call to become disciples, to make a response. How will we responded to this call in our lives today, this week, and this year?

The school holidays are here again. This means there is no prayer meeting for the next two weeks. Luke is going to be having some time off over the next two weeks, so if people could respect the Vicarage as holy ground over this time that would be helpful. If people need to get in to the church could they ring me, or the church office. I hope everybody has a good break with their family, children and grandchildren over the next couple of weeks

God bless

Phil

 

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