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PROLOGUE TO THE WORD


April 22, 2018

IN SEARCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Psalm 23
Perhaps the most well-known and beloved of all the Psalms, Psalm 23 gives us words in those times in life when we have no words. The image of God as a “Shepherd” who offers us green pastures and still waters – who walks with us through the darkest times – who anoints us and restores our souls – has provided comfort for generations of believers. Wherever we are, even in our darkest valleys, God is with us.

1 John 3:16-24
In the epistle of 1 John we find the exploration of two themes which are central to the Gospel of John: belief in Jesus, and love for one another. It is understood that 1 John was written to a community of early Christians whose beliefs about Jesus were being challenged. Therefore, the readers of 1 John were urged to stay true to their beliefs in Jesus and to love one another in truth and in action.

John 10:11-18
Jesus proclaims in this passage, “I am the good shepherd.” He contrasts the image of the good shepherd, who knows his own and his own know him, and who is willing to lay down his life to protect his sheep, with the image of the hired hand, who runs away when the wolves come because he “does not care for the sheep.” Jesus, by contrast, willingly protects all, at any cost.

Sermon Notes
Obviously, the theme of the “Good Shepherd” is central in the passages for this week. What role does the “Good Shepherd” play in our lives in this day and time? Let’s go in search of the Good Shepherd together.

Shalom, Rev. Lisa Bowersock