Like Sheep Among Wolves

Passage:John 10:24-30

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Category: Church

All our passages of Scripture today carry a common theme of "shepherd" and "sheep" - Revelation 7:9-17, Psalm 23, and John 10:24-30. What does it mean for us as Christians to call Jesus our Shepherd, what does it mean for us to be His sheep (i.e. the Church), and what does it mean for His sheep to be sent into the world. In this sermon we explore the global variety of sheep. Revelation 7 envisions sheep of every tribe and nation, which means people from other countries and even other religions will be brought into the sheepfold of Jesus Christ. This biblical and missional understanding of diversity flies in the face of our modern pluralistic notions of diversity. Furthermore, we sheep in the West often don't know much about what life is like for sheep in other countries where persecution against Christianity is sometimes severe. In fact, the largest group of people afflicted by religiously motivated violence is Christians. This global view of what it means to be one flock under one shepherd calls us to pray for and understand what life is really like for many Christian brothers and sisters in other regions of the world. Here is a link to a radio broadcast about the recent Easter bombing in Sri Lanka and also on the status of Sudan following the ouster of long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir