We understand that the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 situation have varying degrees of impact on different people in our community. Some families are feeling the effects of closures and cancellations deeply and severely, while others are able to generally maintain their rhythms of life with minor alterations. In whatever anxieties and challenges you’re experiencing, we want to provide an opportunity for you to step back, take a deep breath, and explore the promises of Jesus. Here, you will find scripture, songs, sermon clips, and questions that you may use this weekend to help you better understand the humanity of Jesus.
Jesus uses many “I Am” statements in the gospels. These statements not only reflect who Jesus is, but how our relationship with him manifests itself throughout our lives. During Lent, we fully desire to understand Jesus, not only through the eyes of the people he spent time with, but through the ways he described himself. By intimately understanding God’s son through his own eyes, we hope to properly prepare ourselves for the ultimate sacrifice he made to save humanity. We hope to feel the deep peace and transformation he brought into the world. This week, we explore his statement “I am the good shepherd.”
Invitation - John 10:11-16
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd, and the sheep are not his own. When he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf pounces on them and scatters the flock. The man runs away because he is a hired servant and is unconcerned 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. I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in as well, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd."
- Do you put yourself in the position of a sheep inside the pen? Or do you consider yourself to be outside the sheep pen?
- We put a lot of work into being good Christians and checking off those boxes, and God is saying that he still cares deeply for those unlike us. Does it matter if we identify ourselves in the sheep pen or out of it?
- How does Jesus’ response to those “not of this pen” change your perspective on the people in your life who you consider to not be followers of Jesus?
- “I know my sheep, and my sheep know me.” Do you know God’s voice if you hear it? Scripture is a great way to become familiar with God’s voice. What are some other ways you can seek after Jesus to be able to discern his voice over the others?
- For an ability to recognize God’s voice
- For an increased capacity to selflessly serve the common good
- For worship that glorifies God and gathers, unites, and blesses His people while being apart
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Be Blessed – 1 Corinthians 15:58
"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
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