Christ has not only given us his powerful Word. In his grace, he gives us ministers who proclaim that Word to us in whatever ways we need at the time: words of comfort, words of instruction, or even words of rebuke. Those who are entrusted with the care of Jesus’ flock are expected to shepherd that flock just as Jesus would.
The first must be last. That sounds fine on paper, but I work really hard. Why should I take a back seat to someone less deserving than me?! How can we balance out being confident in the gifts God has given us and still give God all the glory? It’s hard to be humble.
“The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord…” Over the centuries the Christian Church has been through division, heresy, and persecution. The church still stands. Over the next five weeks, in our series One Foundation we’ll look at what our Lord Jesus says the church is. Our first Sunday we’ll see that the church is for all people.
The job of a shepherd can be a challenge because sheep aren’t the brightest animals. Jesus our Good Shepherd knows where we are weak and when we get ourselves into trouble. No matter what is going on he will never leave us. Watch as we learn from the Good Shepherd in the Gospel of Mark.
No one ever asks a prophet for their opinion. The whole purpose of the prophet was to speak on behalf of God. It is God’s Word that is important. So as long as that is what the prophet speaks, everyone is happy. That’s not entirely true. This Sunday join us as we see some of the intense pressure put on prophets then and now to be silent and not speak for God. Jesus promises that not everyone will be happy.