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Dale Cuckow - April 16, 2023
First, We Need To Find a Good Shepherd!
From Series: "Getting to Know the Shepherd"
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Advent Series: #4
Passage: Luke 1:39-45 (NIV)
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
This past Sunday (12 Nov) Ian O’Connell from Shanghai West International Fellowship (SWIF) continued with the Advent series. He spoke on Isaiah 12:2-6 and how Israel knew very well how God saved them and rescued them from the hands of Pharaoh. He continued by stating it is because they experienced and knew God’s deliverance, they too can now, even during their current circumstances still find joy as they wait for God to rescue them from their exile. Similarly, we too can find joy in our salvation (because of what Jesus did on the cross for us) and know with surety that Jesus will come again.
In this coming week, Ruth De Pater will finish our advent series by speaking on preparing to meet Jesus, our Shepard King. She’ll expand on the biblical notion of why Jesus is our King, Shepard and our Peace.
As we reflect on this past Sunday’s sermon and how we too can find joy in our salvation, ask yourself the following questions: 1) Can you articulate why you find joy in your salvation, 2) How it impacts the way you live, 3) How as a believer, Jesus’ second coming helps you form an eternal mindset and 4) How that mindset influences the way you look at your current circumstances.