Reflection – 06 February 2021

Here is Martin’s reflection from yesterday.

It needs you to do a lot of the work!

London Road Congregational Church Reflection 6/2/22

Please Read John 10:11-18 “I am the Good Shepherd”

11 “I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep. 12 When the hired man, who is not a shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees a wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away; so the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hired man runs away because he is only a hired man and does not care about the sheep. 14-15 I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me. And I am willing to die for them. 16 There are other sheep which belong to me that are not in this sheep pen. I must bring them, too; they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

17 “The Father loves me because I am willing to give up my life, in order that I may receive it back again. 18 No one takes my life away from me. I give it up of my own free will. I have the right to give it up, and I have the right to take it back. This is what my Father has commanded me to do.”

First hymn

Shall Not Want

Questions to reflect upon

  1. Jesus compares the good shepherd to hired hands, one who is there for you and one who is there for their own interest. Can you think of someone who has been there for you, regardless of the personal cost, when you needed them? If you have time have a look at Ezekiel 34 as well.
  • Sheep are peculiar animals, not the brightest, but they come to know the voice of the shepherd (they will go to anyone if they think they have food). Jesus says that he knows his sheep and his sheep know him (v14). What are the things that distract us from His voice and stop us from listening?
  • At the time of Jesus, it may well have been the Gentiles that Jesus was referring to in v.16. Do we have a closed fold mentality or are we open to those who are Jesus’ sheep but not in our fold at the moment?
  • Read Psalm 23 out loud. As you read it is there an area you need greater shepherding on, that you need Jesus to be your Good Shepherd? Finish with a prayer asking Jesus to be there for you in that area.

The Lord Our Shepherd

23 The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in fields of green grass
    and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths,
    as he has promised.
Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
    I will not be afraid, Lord,
    for you are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.

You prepare a banquet for me,
    where all my enemies can see me;
you welcome me as an honoured guest
    and fill my cup to the brim.
I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life;
    and your house will be my home as long as I live.

Second hymn

Shepherd

If you are reading this on the website:

If you have never asked Jesus to be your shepherd that is not a difficult thing, and we are happy to speak with you about that. To say the following prayer is enough for the first step:

Lord Jesus, I realise that I and my life need a shepherd to guide and protect me. I acknowledge that my life falls short of what God wants for me, but I ask for forgiveness and recognise my need for your death on the cross to repair it.  I give you my life and ask you to guide me from now on. Amen

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