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John 10:1-10 NLT

10 1 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber!

2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

4  After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.

5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant,

7   so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.

8  All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 

9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 

10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.


The Message

Rev Dr Brice Thomas

Sermon Theme: Shepherd of Peace
Biblical Principle:

Jesus used the metaphor of a shepherd several times in his ministry to define himself, and the character of God. We can imagine that he knew Psalm 23 very well, David’s poetic musical metaphor describing God’s peace in a troubled world. In our Gospel story, the sheep know that the Shepherd cares about them and offers them what they really need–good, abundant, green pastures to eat in. They recognize the voice of this Shepherd who takes care of them, and gives them a rich and satisfying life.


In our gospel story we see the desire of God for us to be taken care of, for us to live life to the fullest, and for us to support one another in having an abundant life and community. The “thief” in our sacred story could be anything that robs us of those things. Sometimes the sacrifices we have endured because of our attempts to slow this virus can feel as if we’ve been “robbed” of our well-being. But we can also view these sacrifices as sharing goodwill and well-being with others. 


There are so many ways to live a rich and satisfying life—even now in the midst of a pandemic. One way we can be glad and generous is to share how we are finding strength, hope, love and peace in these days. This is part of “breaking bread” with each other by breaking open our hearts to one another. Consider these questions: 

  • Who or what helps you hear the “voice of the Shepherd” in your daily walk with Jesus?

  • What things are “thieves,” threatening to rob you of a sense of peace and trust? 

  • What can you share (physically, mentally and spiritually) with another person in need this week?

  • How else can you demonstrate God’s goodness this week?

We’ll take some time during Zoom communion and prayer to share peace and our reflections with each other.


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