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I am the Good Shepherd

Enjoying the cooler weather? This rain has been a blessing to our farmers. More words in red from our loving Saviour as we continue through John's gospel. He is the "I Am".

John 10:I Am the Good Shepherd

1 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.

2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."

6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

7 So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.

9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

12 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, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

16 And I have other sheep that 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.

17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.

18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father."

19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words.

20 Many of them said, "He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?"

21 Others said, "These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

I and the Father Are One

22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter,

23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.

24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."

25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me,

26 but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

29 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.

30 I and the Father are one."

31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?"

33 The Jews answered him, "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."

34 Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, you are gods'?

35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came---and Scripture cannot be broken---

36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?

37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;

38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."

39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained.

41 And many came to him. And they said, "John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true."

42 And many believed in him there.

Things to think about…

1.Jesus says that those who know Him hear His voice, Jn 10:1-21. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus leads His sheep. But He also says He lays down His life for His sheep. Many have heard the words of Jesus, but unfortunately very few take them to heart. Some take offense that He has to lay down His life for anyone. Regardless of the wisdom of man, the wisdom of God is required. Let's continue to speak on behalf of the Good Shepherd.

2.Some Jews who wanted an earthly deliverer and a Messiah of their own making ask Jesus whether He is the Christ, Jn 10:22-28. Jesus says He did tell them, but they refused to accept it. Why? For the simple reason that Jesus didn't match up to their expectations of what they believed the Messiah would look like. Jesus said that for this first part of His ministry as the Christ He had to call His sheep and that they will have eternal life. This is still the commission Jesus has given His people. Jesus will return in judgement only when the Great Commission is completed. Keep praying that the Lord would continue to call out His people.

3.After Jesus says 'I am the Father are one'. The Jews pick up stones to stone Him, Jn 10:31. Why? Because He made Himself equal with God. Jesus says if this is not true then they should judge His words by His works to understand that what He said was true, Jn 10:34-38. To be the Christ He had to be God. They were happy to ask if He was the Christ. But when He made Himself equal with God they got angry. If anyone is going to accept that Jesus is God they need something supernatural to happen in their hearts. Who are you praying for to accept Jesus for who He said He was – the Christ?

4.Jesus then escapes and turns away from the crowds by going to where John was baptising at first. Some of you saw where this spot was in our photos of Israel that we have shown at church. Even today it is a place that is out in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes we need times alone with the Lord where we can recover and be restored by His Spirit. How are your quiet times with the Lord going at the moment?

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Sunday morning's message on "God has left the building" from Ezek 10:15-22.

1.Ezek says God departed from the threshold, vs 18. Can you recall where in scripture God's presence is on display with certain people or the nation of Israel.

2.A few short years after this prophesy Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed in 586BC. Years later Jesus standing in the rebuilt temple said "destroy this temple and in 3 days I will rebuild it" Jn 2:19. What did He mean?

3.Is it possible to have the Holy Spirit be removed from a church, yet still gather as a church? What does that look like? Consider Rev 2:4,5.

4.Some people are concerned about God's presence leaving them and concerned about blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Why is it likely that such a person's concern is unjustified? Look at the promises for the true believer in Christ and God's promise that He would never leave or forsake them. Discuss this in the light of Rom 8:31-39.

Prayer Points

1.NSW parliament they have passed the lower house to decriminalize abortion laws. Likely to be passed in the upper house. Another very sad day in Australia. But keep praying,

2.More Sunday school teachers

3.Those who are not well – Flu and other conditions. Continue to pray for Andre's heart health.

4.CBC's ministries for this term

5.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

6.Next Sunday's messages. John 7"Who do you think you are Jesus" in the morning, "Tell me about yourself…again"– Axiom 6pm.

7.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop.

8.Church finances to meet our expenses.

9.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.

10.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.


Praise Points.

1.The Lord blessed with His word and presence on Sunday.

2.Darrel Ponter starts a new job today – Hallelujah!

3.Murray out of hospital, pray he remains well on current medication.

4.New folk at church on Sunday

5.Our Lord's tangible presence at Sunday night's prayer service

6.New ministries being considered – Outreach opportunities and Church services

7.Unity, love and peace


Announcements

1.Aitchison group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Members Meeting – This Sunday after the morning service.

3.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.

4.Recharge– back this week. Pete Alback leads high schoolers from 7-9pm Friday nights at church.

5.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children.

6.Mapleton Women's retreat – Fri August 23rd- Sun Aug 25th. Cost $175. More details here https://www.anewconference.org.au/conferences/mapleton

7.Working Bee at church – Saturday 14th Sept, start at 8am.


This month's catechism question...

Q. 3. What has Christ given us to teach us how to pray?
A. The Lord's Prayer.

Bible Reference – Matt.6:5-15; Luke11:1-13.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

Jesus Wept
I was blind, but now I see