The Person and Work of Christ are central to our Identity as His flock. The purpose of the 10-Day “One with the Shepherd” devotional is to grow our understanding of how our Identity in Him shapes our Community and our Mission.
For Days 1-10, use the devotional reading and questions provided for the study in John 10. For Days 11-20, use the following questions to guide you in understanding what it means for God to shepherd us as his flock:
- What does this passage say about our fallen condition and our need for a Savior / Shepherd?
- What does this passage say about God as our Savior / Shepherd (Redeemer / Rescuer / Friend)?
- What does this passage teach us about fulfilling our mission as witnesses of GOOD NEWS?
Day 1: “Developing our Identity”- Rescued
He who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber but He who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. (John 10:1-3 NAS)
The Context here is that Jesus is making a defense and giving an explanation for what He has come to do on the Earth. The book of John unfolds through both Jesus’ character, which is revealed through His names, and His works – the miracles He performed and that John points to. Jesus’ character and works ultimately show that He is the savior of the world. Earlier in John, Jesus declared through several “I AM” statements that He is the Savior of the world. The metaphors used to explain Jesus’ deity in the book of John include “light of the world,” “living water,” “bread of life,” and now in John 10, He uses “the good shepherd” and “the door.” Interspersed in His teaching about Jesus’ person, John records numerous miracles that validate his claims to deity: water into wine, healings of lame and blind, the feeding of the 5,000, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Christianity stands or falls on the validity of Jesus’ claim that He is the savior of the world, sent by God to redeem mankind from our rebellion. John 10 is a key chapter for understanding the nature of Jesus’ mission. He has come from God as the “shepherd” who will bring and build a flock that belongs to God. As the true rescuer and protector, Jesus enters by the door (or, according to God’s predetermined plan). Other religions and manmade attempts to get to God are equivalent to humanity stealing or trying to find another way to be reconciled to God. God has determined that the only way for mankind to be rescued is for Him to do it himself. Jesus declares here that He is fulfilling the prophecies and plans that God has declared through “his gatekeepers,” the chosen people of God (Israel) and His prophets.
Notice also that the nature of this rescue operation is not just action-oriented but relational. This shepherd establishes an intimate relationship with all his sheep and calls each one by their own name. Life for those who follow Christ is now an intimate connection of listening, being led, and living in unity with our shepherd. Christianity is not just external rule following or busying us with moral activities. Jesus is rescuing us to relate closely with Him as he relates and dwells intimately with us.
- What questions do you have about the deity of Jesus Christ? Do you see the central necessity for claiming that Jesus Christ exclusively is the only way to God?
- What questions do you or acquaintances you know have about the claims that Christianity is the only way to God?
- Have you been learning to listen and be led by your shepherd’s voice? How would you describe your intimate interaction with Him lately? What things are keeping you from experiencing the shepherding care of Jesus in your life?
Day 2: “Developing our Identity”- Listening
When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. (John 10:4-6 ESV)
How many times have you felt that you “do not understand” what the Lord is saying to you? Your circumstances may have led you to wonder if the good promises of the Lord are true for you his child. These are powerful promises that Jesus gives his true sheep. They are especially powerful in light of both the other voices vying for our allegiance and the seeming difficulty we experience trying to discern his message to us. The answer in John 10 is so clearly simple and straightforward it is equally as easy to miss.
So back to the original question, “how often do you feel that you do not understand what the Lord is saying to you?” You are not alone in your confusion or doubt; Jesus’ own disciples did not understand the use of this figure of speech. However, the figure of speech Jesus uses is the key to unlocking Jesus’ mission of convincing his disciples to believe his message. First, Jesus says He is “out front” in your life. Your circumstances do not take him by surprise. In fact, all the things you have experienced, even pain and evil, have passed through his permissive hands. Don’t hear this as Jesus promoting evil or being unable to do anything about evil. Jesus is triumphing over evil by leading you “through” life’s difficulties to defeat evil and to defeat your doubts. His plan does include your safety and protection. (We are brought inside the pen and cannot be ultimately harmed by the evil one that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy our souls.) Secondly, Jesus also plans to defeat the power of evil and doubt in you by both delivering you from evil and delivering you through the evil in your life. This is where the metaphor comes in: You must believe that your shepherd’s voice is the voice of a deliverer who has come to deliver the good news of God’s unfailing love for you and the good news that evil will not triumph in your life. Lastly, we will see in this chapter how Jesus will lead us to join him in defeating evil in the world by our testimony of faith in Him as our good shepherd who loves us. As we follow him, listen to him, and trust him as our redeemer, rescuer, and friend, we will experience his love and care.
- Have you become convinced that the voice of your Shepherd / Savior (Redeemer / Rescuer / Friend) is a voice of love and care? Do you battle other voices in your head or in your past that make you feel condemned or distant from the one who has brought you out of wandering and into His family?
- What causes you doubt or fear from completely believing that His voice is one that draws you near and promises to love you and provide for you all that you need in Him?
- How does struggling to believe that God does everything in our life out of love impact our ability to join Him in his mission?
Day 3 – “Developing our Identity”- Flourishing
So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, “I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and to kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:7-10 ESV)
Our good shepherd is never weary of saying again and again and again that he loves us and will ensure our good. Initially, Jesus says He, as our Savior (redeemer / rescuer / friend), enters by the door. Now he says that He is the door. Jesus is explaining that He is God’s provision for the rescue of mankind and that through him we experience redemption, rescue, and friendship with God. His leading in our lives is always toward experiencing “pasture.” This imagery involves both safety (peace and protection) and nourishment (provision). Life with our good shepherd is an adventure that leads us in and out of all types of experiences to discover our mission in this world. We have a shepherd who is a good shepherd, and his ultimate aim is to ensure our flourishing.
Think of the inaccurate notion today that says that becoming a follower of Christ means that we lose our freedom and individuality along with our fulfillment and joy. Jesus says just the opposite. The party is going on inside the sheep gates, not in the streets or pigpen! (Now I know it’s hard to conjure up an image of “partying sheep”!) He has determined to bring life to us and to bring us to life. It is the enemy, Jesus says, who hides in the streets that poses the danger of bondage, limits, and hopelessness.
Abundant (flourishing) life is promised in believing that Jesus is our DOOR. Doors function to keep out but they also allow in. Jesus promises that he will keep out those things that will do us ultimate harm and destruction. He also promises to invite us in to a life of flourishing. Life in Christ is not just a promise of eternal life after we die, but of a rich and meaningful life of significance. We must believe that Jesus is OUR DOOR. This means that we must never doubt his promises. When we do we must confess it to him and tell him we need his help to believe that He has good prepared for us. We must also never doubt that he has provided sufficient direction for us. This doesn’t mean that we will not be confused at times when we see brokenness in our lives. It does mean that a life of flourishing is promised to us because Jesus has taken care of our enemies. Jesus said the thief comes with intentions to hurt and destroy us. Jesus by his death has destroyed the works of the devil. (Heb. 2:14) We are called to live in obedience to Him as an expression of our new Identity as children of God. Obedience is an action lived out that expresses that we believe Jesus’ promises and want to see his mission advanced in our lives and on the earth.
- It is often easy to believe that the most desired life is the life of comfort and ease. How do you battle to believe the truth of what the “abundant life” is that Jesus promised?
- Where do you feel called to a deeper obedience? What barriers or difficulties are making it difficult to trust him right now?
- Talking about Jesus as a door rather than a barrier changes others’ perspective about Christianity. How have you seen Jesus provide the protection and direction you have needed to experience his life of flourishing? Is there someone you should share this with this week?
Day 4 – “Developing our Identity” – Belonging
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing about the sheep. (John 10:11-13 ESV)
Ownership and Love explains the extent that Jesus is willing to go to ensure our flourishing. It really is the only reasonable explanation, though the extent Jesus is willing to go to provide for us is beyond our imagination. He describes the characteristics of a truly “Good Shepherd” and in so doing, explains why he was willing to take the most extreme actions for us. Jesus is motivated by ownership and love. This means that we belong to him and that he loves us. This means that we belong to him and his family (we are a flock) and we will never be alone or on our own again.
There is probably nothing more devastating to think about than the reality that someone is truly homeless. A homeless person is not only cut off from physical safety but also cut off from feeling that they belong anywhere or to anyone who cares about them. Jesus has gone to an extreme to make sure that we who are His know that we belong to him. He says, “I lay down my life for the sheep.”
This idea that the shepherd lays down his life for the sheep is hardly a concept rational minds can grasp. Sheep exist for the betterment of the shepherd’s interests and needs. Sheep are expendable when the Shepherd determines that the resources those sheep offer can meet a need or a benefit that the shepherd possesses. Jesus says we should never feel like homeless people because He has been dispossessed so that we will never be abandoned. He has become alienated so that we never will. He has been cut off from life so that we will always live a rich and flourishing one.
This is such a contrast to other leaders in government, religion, or families. The human impulse is for self-promotion and self-protection rather than self-abasement. Our shepherd has guaranteed our place of belonging in the family by being cut off from His father and bearing the shame and isolation of eternal “homelessness.”
Are you living your life today like a “homeless” person or like one who “belongs” to the family? Have you found yourself feeling lonely and cut off from the fullness and flourishing of life in a vibrant family? The church is Jesus’ expression of family and is to be a place where you not only receive love and encouragement but also a place where you offer it. Heb. 12:23 says we are not only a part of God’s family, but that we are all favored ones (firstborn). We are loved and favored as those who belong to Him and we are never to doubt it.
What drives out our doubts and brings reassurance to feelings of alienation and isolation? Our good shepherd has laid down his life for us. He owns us. He loves us. He will take care of us. He has favored us. We belong to Him.
- Have you experienced any feelings of abandonment from God that are causing you to doubt his ownership and care?
- What is your present experience of God’s care for you in your church relationships? Are you experiencing and offering care and connection? Why or Why not?
- Start a list that reflects your thankfulness for God’s love and favor in your life. List out small and big things that demonstrate God’s care for you.
Day 5 – “Developing our Identity” – Oneness
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep who are not of this fold. I must bring them also and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:14-16)
Diversity and Unity seem like divergent concepts. Clarifying the exclusivity that exists among those in the group often fosters relationships in that group. Jesus’ explanation of life in his flock has both a unique exclusive inner experience (we belong to him) and an inclusive and inviting external face (I have other sheep). These concepts seem to be promoted in Christianity because they reflect his character.
What is also fascinating about Jesus’ teaching here about oneness (where diversity meets unity) is that the outcome for this unity is to know and be known. Just as Jesus’ oneness in relationship with the father is reflected in their oneness, so our oneness with him and with other members of the flock is for the purpose of knowing and being known.
Do you have relationships like this? Do you live in an authentic oneness that allows you to be both transparent and vulnerable with others? Are you willing and open to share your greatest joys and highest dreams and your deepest failures and most painful hurts?
Jesus stresses that his mission is to bring outsiders and those far off from the love of God into an authentic relationship with God and God’s people, that their lives are transformed into those who live in deep oneness with others. This ONE SHEPHERD HAS ONE MISSION: ONE FLOCK.
Are you seeking to live in unity with Jesus and the Father? One expression of this is that you are seeking to live in unity with others in his flock. This means you speak honestly to and about those in the flock. This means you initiate forgiveness and reconciliation when things go bad in your relationships to others. This means that you do not hold grudges or nurse prejudices against other members of the family of God.
What would it look like if you lived in oneness with God? (Knowing and being known) It means that you would not be afraid to confess your fears or shortcomings or failings to him. It would mean that you would study to learn from His word and from others about his character of love and favor. It also would mean that you would find yourself extending his love to others in such a way that they would perceive you, like Jesus, are on a mission for oneness in the world. This vision of oneness is what fuels our growth in relationship to other believers, but it also fuels our concern for others outside of Christ as well.
- How would you characterize your “oneness” with God right now? (Knowing and being known)
- In what ways are your relationships with others in the family of God reflecting your oneness in Christ and in what ways are you not living in the fullness of oneness that Jesus describes?
- Have you ever thought that being uninterested in evangelism or missions is actually nursing prejudice against others? What can you do to nurture the same passion that Jesus speaks of here?
Day 6 – “Developing our Identity” – Obedience
The reason my Father loves me is because I lay down my life, only to take it up again. No one takes it from me but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and take it up again. This command I received from my father. (John 10:17-18)
Jesus uses the context of expanding the kingdom and extending God’s love to those beyond the church to emphasize some compelling truths about obedience. While Jesus does use the word “must” in v. 16, He now uses the words “love,” “authority,” and “received.” Obedience to God does involve laying down our desires and taking up his desires. What is so powerful about Jesus’ example of union with the Father is that Jesus’ “must” is empowered by a heart of love and willfulness, not guilt or obligation.
It makes sense experientially when we think about what we feel so compelled to possess or control in our own lives. We are compelled ultimately by some love of someone or something that leads us to lay down our lives to gain what seems to be so enticing and worthwhile. This motivation to achieve, accomplish, and gain approval is driven by the same internal motivation that Jesus is describing here. That motivation is love. Love is the motivation for all aims and actions. What makes our motivation “lust” and not “love” is when we are driven to gain something to replace something that is to be reserved for God alone. Sin is at the highest and lowest levels a replacement of God for a lesser affection.
So where do we find the motivation to obey God and join Him in his mission of growing one flock under one Shepherd? Jesus’ model helps us understand that all obedience is to be carried out by the power that comes from the love we have experienced. While He says that He willfully laid down his life, He is also stating that the love He shares is the love He has received from the Father. This is true for us as well. We who love much are those who have been loved much. What does your love for others say about your experience of God’s love for you? Are you fearful, discriminate, cautious, calculated, timid, and careful when it comes to loving others? If so, you have not experienced the full power of the love of God for you.
Some might object and say, “but I have been hurt and rejected and let down when I gave and gave and gave and was only scorned and my love was rebuffed.” This might be your experience, but your interpretation must be to remind yourself that you have been loved so completely and fully that you have a lifetime of love to share with others. Jesus models here that the love He received from the Father was not dependent on His responsiveness and His love for us was not dependent on our responsiveness to Him. This depth of love frees us to love without conditions or stipulations in order to show others the depth of love we have received.
- “Your obedience to God is a reflection of your understanding of God’s love for you.” Is this something you agree with or fight to believe? Why is this so difficult to embrace?
- List some things or people that you feel “compelled” to love/assist/help? Why do you feel this? How should God’s love for you shape your response to those you are seeking to love?
- Are there people you are uninterested in or afraid to love? What is keeping you from initiating a new approach to love in their life? What would loving them in God’s strength look like?
Day 7 – “Developing our Identity” – Conviction
There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” At that time, the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tells us plainly.” (John 10:19-24)
Jesus’ words and his actions have always caused quite a stir among the religious and non-religious hearers. Even his enemies understand that the issue that set him apart was his claim that he was sent by God to save the world. It is no different today, as people try to ignore Jesus’ life and teaching or seek to discredit him. He came to save the world and even his enemies understood this was Jesus’ message and mission.
Dr. Don Carson has some great resources to help you think through how to be confident and clear about the message without being pushy (See: The Intolerance of Tolerance). Remember that some opposition comes from people who are not really open to listening or rethinking what they believe. Other opposition, like in this passage, reflects the necessity of reflecting and wrestling with the implications of Jesus’ clear claims about our deep need for salvation due to our sinfulness, and his declaration that He was sent to save us and restore our relationship with God.
So how do you handle opposition from family, friends, or co-workers who don’t seem to understand or support your commitment to following Christ? Part of the freedom that comes in knowing Christ is a freedom from being controlled by what other people think. While we should listen and seek to help those we know who have questions, we should not allow others’ doubts silence us from speaking about Christ’s offer of love and forgiveness. The scriptures and history are full of examples of God turning outspoken opponents into loyal allies.
Now, while I am encouraging you to be confident and bold, I am not abdicating arguing someone into the kingdom. When Paul says. “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” in Romans 1, he says it is because the gospel is the “power of God for salvation” (Rom. 1:16). Our persuasion does not change other’s hearts but the power of the Holy Spirit working. The model of Jesus was to invite skeptics to “come and see” (John 1:39). An invitation to investigate the claims of Christ and to understand the implications is much more effective than starting or seeking to win an argument. If you are interested in receiving some materials that will help people investigate the claims of Christ, please contact the Outreach office.
- Do you find yourself being overly concerned about what other people think? How does interaction with a family member or co-worker who opposes Christianity impact you?
- Write down the names of people that you feel burdened for.
- In addition to praying for this person(s), what are some things you can say or do to encourage them to consider the claims of Jesus Christ? (The Come and See Approach)
Day 8 – “Developing our Identity” – Perseverance
Jesus answered them, “I told you, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:25-28)
As one who is a part of Jesus’ flock, do you ever feel overwhelmed with “Holding on” or “Hanging in there”? Does holding on at times feel weary and tiresome? The bible talks about perseverance and steadfastness and calls believers to patiently hold on to God and his promises even when our circumstances seem to be more than we can handle.
Jesus is speaking to some religious people who are questioning his claims that he is the Messiah. In his response to those who are not a part of his flock, He gives some great encouragement to us who belong to him. Jesus first says that believing is a gift. If you are a believer, be thankful that God has opened your eyes and granted you repentance and faith to see Him for who He really is- the savior of your soul. Secondly, Jesus says that God gives us the gift of faith that we might have a relationship with Him. We hear his voice and He knows us and knows our needs and struggles, and even knows when we feel like it is becoming tough to “hold on” or “hang in there.” Thirdly, Jesus says that He not only gives us faith and brings us into a relationship with Him, but that He has secured eternal life for us and we will never perish. Think for a minute about the powerful reality that we will never be separated from him. Even death cannot separate us from his love. He has given us eternal life. Lastly, Jesus says no circumstance or person can bring about enough force to dislodge God’s grip on us. He has promised that He will hold us to the very end.
This is great encouragement to us who are trying to hold on and hang in there. Jesus’ death and gift to us secures God’s “hold” on us and he has promised to “hang in there” until we are safely with him in heaven. Don’t you see the powerful promise for perseverance that God has made to us? He will never let go of us and will withstand any opposition, even our own doubts, to keep us near to him and safely positioned under the care of his wings.
One of the five points of Calvinism is entitled the “perseverance of the saints.” A better description would be “the perseverance of God on behalf of the saints.” Here, Jesus promises that the gift of eternal life includes belief, a relationship with him that is secure, eternal life when we die, and the Father’s unfailing love that will persevere to the very end. Let these truths empower your call to persevere in believing him.
- Do you feel weary of holding on? Is it becoming difficult in an area of your life to “hang in there”?
- How does knowing God’s promises to persevere for you impact your own struggles and doubts?
- If our part in persevering is the call to persevere to believe, how does this truth impact your struggle with your own failures and sin?
- If believing is a gift, how should this change your attitude and actions in relation to those around you who are not followers of Christ?
Day 9 – “Developing our Identity” – Friendship
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. (John 10:29-30)
A “fair-weather friend” is a description of a person who is really not much of a friend at all. In fact, this so-called friend, “the fair-weathered kind,” is only available or helpful or reachable to you at times when you really don’t need a friend at all. When life is “fair-weathered,” friendship is about companionship and jointly sharing pleasurable experiences. But when it rains or storms, a friend is needed for strengthening of life’s experiences at the level of needs and help. The Proverb says, “A brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). It is precisely when the weather turns bad in your circumstances that your need for a friend increases.
Earlier Jesus spoke about “the hired hand” that leaves and flees when trouble comes his way. Jesus declares that it is when you are in the most trouble and when you feel the most overwhelmed, that he is the most near. In John 15:13 Jesus says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” That’s what Jesus does for you when the wolves attack and the storms rise in your life. He does not flee and he does not flinch. The Father has sent Jesus to lay down his life for us so that we might have his favor and strength in whatever circumstances we find ourselves facing.
It is hard to believe that God would desire a friendship with us. He is far superior to us in every way and must look down on us the way we look down on ants or spiders or even roaches. Of course he deserves our allegiance and obedience and rightly we should obey and serve him. Jesus has come as our shepherd to make us friends with God. His life, death, resurrection and ascension has made a way for God to be our friend.
Do you live every day in the reality that God is your friend? How would meditating a few minutes every day on this reality that you are a friend with God change the way you look at your problems or feel about your shortcomings or impact your fears and dreams? So many people struggle to believe that God is our advocate and not our adversary. It is the hired hand that flees when difficulty arises. God, as the owner who cares deeply about his little flock, has promised “to give us the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). This means that in giving us himself, He also gives us everything we need to believe Him, trust him, and live for him through any and every storm we face.
According to John 10, we could conclude that he is our “UN-fair friend” who is faithful to us “whether” we thank him or not. “What a friend we have in Jesus!”
- Is it difficult for you to think of God as your friend? When do you find it hard to embrace your relationship with him in this way?
- Have you ever felt “abandoned by God” when you were in a difficult situation? Have you told Him you felt this way? Have you ever talked to someone about this to help you understand the circumstances and how to process your feelings?
- What is your level of thankfulness to God for all that he has provided for you? Are you growing in your attitude of thankfulness for what you do have rather than living in disappointment for what you don’t have?
Day 10 – “Developing Our Identity” – Witnesses
The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” (John 10:31-33)
The claim of Jesus Christ as the savior of the world is an ultimate fork in the road that every person must face. As the church, we should seek to love and serve and show our neighbors and our city through our deeds that God is a God of compassion and care. We should meet needs that other people are willing to ignore. We should help people out who are helpless and defenseless and who cannot help or defend themselves. But it is essential that we offer these deeds of care and compassion in “Christ’s name.”
Ministering in Christ’s name does shape the character of the service and compassion we should show a broken and hurting world. We should be full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (fruits of the spirit –Gal. 5:22-23). Our service should never be more than this, but the reaction of the Jews to Jesus and their attempt to kill him is a reminder to us that ministering in Christ’s name is more than offering good deeds with good attitudes. We must also offer GOOD NEWS. Offering GOOD NEWS is ultimately what it means to minister in Christ’s name.
GOOD NEWS in Christ is not ultimately something we can model or demonstrate. While we should seek to care and serve others by things we do for them, our greatest help is to tell people what Jesus has done for them. GOOD NEWS is the message we, as Jesus’ flock, have been entrusted with to share. We are not to keep this GOOD NEWS to ourselves but are to announce to the whole world that Jesus offers salvation and forgiveness of sins and a new start for all who believe in Him.
Be prepared as you take on this responsibility. Not everyone Jesus shared GOOD NEWS with was thankful or even receptive. Along with the disciples, Jesus was threatened to the point of death many times and he ultimately gave his life, as have many followers of Christ, to deliver this message of life and hope.
One of the purposes of the Bible and Missions Conference, and for these devotions, is to help you experience the GOOD NEWS in your own life in such a powerful way that you embrace the privileged responsibility of being a messenger of GOOD NEWS.
Have you embraced your mission to declare GOOD NEWS to a needy world that does not understand His love and may not want to hear His message? It is our desire at First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA to be so full of our new identity as sheep of his flock, and so connected as one community that our lives overflow as witnesses to the reality that Jesus’ love is truly GOOD NEWS!
- What have you learned about the GOOD NEWS of the gospel through this study that you want to share with someone else?
- Are there people or places that you are burdened for to know the GOOD NEWS of the gospel? What can you be praying and doing to share this good news with them? Who at the church can you share this with so that others in the community might join you in declaring the GOOD NEWS to those around you?