Today's sermon

"Who is the church?"

January 8, 2017

John 10:1-16:

 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Shepherd, Gatekeeper, Door = Jesus

Sheepfold/Sheep = The Church/Christians

Wolf = Satan

Thieves and Robbers or Thief/Hired Hand = Pharisees, Religious Leaders, False Teachers

Who is the church? We are the regenerate (transformed, Born Again) people of God, saved by the power of God, for the purposes of God in this world. The reality of the church is not an event that takes place during the week. But the Church centers on the works of Christ saving His sheep/His people to follow Him, know Him and trust Him in the continual works of His life in us.

Ephesians 3:14-19:

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith--that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

Ephesians 1:23:

"...which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all."

What did Christ save us from? He saved us from death/separation.

John 11:25-26:

"I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

What Do Sheep Do?

2 Corinthians 2:12-17:

"When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia. But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ."

This week's calendar:

Sunday, January 8

8:45am - Baptism Class

Life’s Journey Church

9am - Journey Classes

Life’s Journey Church

10am - Morning Worship

Life’s Journey Church

4:30pm - Discover Dinner

Life’s Journey Church

Monday, January 9

11:30am-1pm - Open Prayer Time

Life’s Journey Church

Wednesday, January 11

11:30am-1pm - Open Prayer Time

Life’s Journey Church

6pm - Rooted: Student Bible Study

Life’s Journey Church

Thursday, January 12

7pm - Converge: College and Career Bible Study

7905 Seville Drive

Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 15

Seeds Winter Retreat

The Vision Ministry

Sunday, January 15

9am - Journey Classes

Life’s Journey Church

10am - Morning Worship

Life’s Journey Church


Budget to date: $78,627.71

Actual to date: $81,172.99


Keith Miller - Pastor

Thomas Neely - WorshipPastor

Matt Lindsey - Student Pastor

Cortney Hutcheson - Children's Pastor

Laurie Pallotta - Administrative Assistant