April 17, 2018: “They Will Listen to My Voice”

April 17, 2018

Rev. Sarah TevisTownes 

Guest Pastor (Sunday Sermon): Bre Roberts

Bible Study Session #14: They Will Listen to My Voice

What does “Good Shepherd Sunday” mean to the Church of the Good Shepherd? This reading from the Gospel of John is typically read the third Sunday of the Easter season, perhaps as well a way of reinforcing how and what it looks like to live out resurrection in our daily lives now.

But what does it mean? Why is it a good name for a community? How does this Church of the so-named Good Shepherd live out that summons to be that good in the world in this present day? There are lots of questions! And more important than the answers, if there are any, is the process of asking these questions, listening to one another, and discerning together. The Good Shepherd text is a valuable touchstone for all who gather here to listen, to learn, and to live together.

Bible Study Scripture

John 10: 11-18

New Revised Standard Version

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as God knows me and I know God. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that do not belong to 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 God loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from God.”