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The Great Shepherd's care for his sheep is demonstrated by His gift of commandments.
Jeremiah speaks against the rulers of the day, who failed to care for the people, and contrasts them to good shepherds that the Lord will appoint. But Jeremiah then speaks of a greater Shepherd, the righteous Branch, who will be in very nature righteous and will reign in justice and wisdom.
Psalm 23 call us to not only explore and embrace the shepherd metatphor of the psamist, but also to see ourselves as needy sheep who can trust in God's provision.
Walking through one of the toughest passages in the Bible, we look at the context carefully in 1 Peter, asking the question - what is the story to this point? How can we see this in light of what Peter has been telling us about a creative, diverse, & vast God? How does His work in our lives lead us to live dynamically in the midst of seemingly routine and rote life? Awareness of what it means to follow in steps - and constantly seeking after the Great Shepherd as He leads us to God.
Identity: Things to Believe, Things to Be Done Missionary Gifts: How Does the Church Thrive? Ephesians 4:1-16 "Spiritual gifts!" has been the answer to a lot of churchy questions. "How can I enjoy serving people more? How can I get the most out of church? How can I realize my full potential as a Christian?" Oddly, these aren't the questions the Bible is interested in answering. Instead of catering to our interests as consumers, God counteracts our tendency to make his kingdom all about our individual preferences. As we talk about "spiritual gifts," the questions we encounter are wider in scale: How do God's people thrive? How does the kingdom grow? How does the church reflect the powerful unity in diversity that we see in the Father, Son and Spirit themselves?
We are Called to Suffer like Christ. Our Calling has - 1. An Earthly Purpose 2. An Infinite Price and 3. An Effectual Power
The shepherds saw the angels, saw Jesus and responded by telling everyone they could. When we hear God's call there is a proper response.