The perspective of a sheep.

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John 10: 11-13. Most of the time when we see sheep in a field they are head down, munching grass, seemingly oblivious to what’s going on around them. But if you try to get close to them, they’ll soon show you that they knew you were coming by running away. If they had heard the […]

The perspective of the Good Shepherd.

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John 10: 11-13. For Jesus to say “I am the Good Shepherd” He was taking direct responsibility for the sheep as their owner – they belong to Him. He sets that alongside the example of the shepherd who was just hired to do a job – they may be known by the sheep who are […]

Don’t be deceived.

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John 10: 7-10. As we keep “the gate” in view for a bit longer, we need to make sure that we really understand why Jesus described Himself as the only “gate” that leads to being saved, compared to everyone else who might have made the same claim, but who were actually deceiving people. Was Jesus […]

Choose the right gate.

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John 10:7-10. So far in John 10 Jesus has been setting the scene and putting markers in the sand for the themes that He will now go deeper into. The first has us focus on “the gate”. The gate is a defining characteristic of the sheep. It determines the ability to go in and out […]

Through the eyes of a child.

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As we welcome Matt Roper & Charlotte Piek from Meninadança to share with us today, we will hear stories of how “life in all its fullness” has been stolen from so many young lives in Brazil. Yet, the Lord has not forgotten about them, and so the story includes the actions of those who have […]

God’s way, not your own.

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John 10:1-6. Jesus shows us in these verses that there are two ways to approach life; one is to listen to the voice of the one who comes to us through honest and favourable means; the other is to listen to the one who comes in via some other, less than honourable way. The examples […]

Not just making do.

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John 10:1-21. What does it mean to you to hear the words of Jesus saying, “I have come so that you may have life in all its fullness?”. Maybe it sounds too good to be true, or an impossible thing to expect to ever achieve. But Jesus was definite in what he said, so what […]

2020. What do you see?

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Isaiah 6:1-8 Isaiah’s vision turned his life around, simply because he became open to God and all that God had in store for him. This perfect vision – this 2020 vision – became pivotal for Isaiah’s life. He was touched by a living coal and so knew the removal of guilt and the forgiveness of […]

It’s Today – Here is Hope.

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Luke 2:1-20 “Today, you will find Him and so find your hope”. That was the message of the Angel of the Lord to the shepherds (slightly paraphrased!). It’s a message we need to hear in the midst of our Christmas celebrations. The Big Debate.