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Sunday 26th August 2012

The Shepherd who establishes a Kingdom 1 Chronicles 11 & John 10

David was the great King of the Old Testament. The Shepherd boy, who became a Shepherd King. He redefined what a King should be. ! and He defined what God’s kingdom is like. golden era. After this great hero; Prophets foretold that the Messiah would come and be a king, like David. Jesus came and proclaimed himself as the Good Shepherd. And as the good Shepherd he came to establish God’s eternal kingdom. Look this morning - back at the life of David - in the light of Jesus.

What does this mean for our lives? Shepherd & His kingdom

© 2012 St.Chads Romiley


Sunday 26th August 2012

Shepherd. 1.The good Shepherd wants what is best for his Sheep. God wants what’s best for us. ! Thrive. [explore thrive] Discipline, holiness, training. - mature, strengthened. - Suffering and pain. But his desire for us - is to thrive. Leadership - very different angle. - Lead for the sake of those who follow. ! Kings in history - kingship - for themselves. - Want power, want family line, wealth, comfort. [Story of my friend - working as a Life coach with CEOs, what are you doing this for?] 2. He knows his sheep. 1 Chronicles 11v3 - David made a covenant with the Elders of Israel. connection between David and the people. - Two way relationship. John 10v14 - I am the good shepherd, I know my own and my own know me. knows us. (//s relationship with God the Father - closeness) 3.He cares, protects & comforts us. Psalm 23 - Though I walk through the valley of the Shadow of death, I will fear no evil, because you are with me. funerals - grief, loneliness of bereavement. ! ! Pray.

Comfort.

1 Chronicles 11v9 - For the Lord of hosts was with him. Golden era - God with him. - As mighty warrior, head of angelic armies. Walk in Derbyshire yesterday. - Protecting and shepherding the children.

Š 2012 St.Chads Romiley


Sunday 26th August 2012

4. He comes in to be enthroned, (despite resistance) Zion. - came to be enthroned. ! Jesus - came into jerusalem: - humility (donkey) - resistance. - Religion and worldly power - didn’t want him. Will come again - to rule. Our hearts - place of him being Lord. - Will we let him come in and rule?

5. His desire is that all thrive & experience abundant life. That’s his desire for you.

Kingdom define the kingdom. God looking to build a kingdom, to gather. 1. Jesus is the door. - the way in to God’s kingdom. He is the access - don’t wander in on our own terms. ! He is the way - because in him we find forgiveness and reconciliation. 2. Where the shepherd is - all thrive John 10v10 - I have come, so that they may have and have it abundantly. Its a kingdom of thriving. ! Does it always seem that way? - There’s still mess, there’s still frustration and disappointment. Job - reflecting on the questions of God’s apparent absence etc. But where there is obedience. ! In the long run, in the fullness. - There is life, there is joy, there is thriving.

3. The Shepherd brings unity, - he gathers us all together.

© 2012 St.Chads Romiley


Sunday 26th August 2012

Taking it further – Small group questions. For many people Psalm 23 is a very precious Psalm. Take time to share with one another what this Psalm has meant in your life. Do you find it easy to relate to Jesus as Shepherd? - How does he bring you comfort & protection? What does the phrase ‘the kingdom of God’ mean to you?

In what ways does God want us to thrive?

Who (amongst your friends/family/colleagues) do you believe God is close to the kingdom of God, but need to take that step of accepting Jesus. - How can you pray for them?

[For personal reflection] - what are the ‘Jebusites’ in your life? - the things which resist King Jesus coming to establish his throne in every part of your life?

© 2012 St.Chads Romiley

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