Questions for Pondering — November 26, 2017
Sermon Title: be the church: live out our hope
Sermon Text: ezekial 23:11-16
11 For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.
Christ the King/Reign of Christ
This Sunday we will look at the passage that is in the Old Testament, but if we didn’t know where it came from, we would think this is a New Testament text. God promises to be a shepherd for us, to care for us. It is in God’s care for us that we have hope for our lives. As we seek to be the church in our world as God’s people, we must ask how we could be the people of hope for our friends and neighbors, especially during the holidays.
Questions to Ponder:
- Our hope as God’s people is in the promises of God that we will be cared for, especially when we are in need. The promise also includes the idea that when we are provided for, we will not only get what we need, but also the best that God has. How does this promise help you understand the Israel’s journey from slavery to the promised land?
- In what ways have you been the voice of hope for those who are looking for a caring shepherd? How can you and we as a church be the people of hope for our neighbors?