Legendary Series, Week 3
Sunday, April 17, 2016
“Volunteering (making a difference) isn’t about what I can do FOR God; it is accomplishing something WITH” – Leith Anderson in The Volunteer Church
“How do I know what God wants me to do?” “I believe He wants me to make a difference with my life, but how do I know what to do or where to start?”
TEXT: John 10:1-5 (#748)
1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
Jesus says the difference makers – those who answer the call to “Come, follow Me” – are like sheep that follow the voice of their shepherd
Things we learn from Jesus’ teaching in John 10:
- Followers are listeners and listeners receive direction.
- The sheep are listening for the voice of the shepherd
- If we want to live legendary and make a difference, it starts by listening for the leading of God
- Jesus said the shepherd knows the sheep by name
- There is not a generic impact that God intends for you. He has created you individually for a purpose.
- For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10 (#815)
- God has a specific plan for you and I to make a difference – and if we will determine to listen, He will reveal it to us
- Difference makers hear and then act.
- First you get direction, then you make a difference
- The sheep don’t just listen to the shepherd, they follow.
- The goal of hearing from God is not knowledge, it’s action.
- Jesus’ parable of wise and foolish builders in Matthew 7:24-27 (#679)
So how do we hear God’s voice? How do we listen?
- God often speaks to us through His Word – the Bible.
- “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful…” – 2 Timothy 3:16 (#804)
- For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12 (#840)
- Easiest place to start: read, “How does that apply to my life today?”
- God speaks through the teaching of others.
- God speaks to us in prayer.
- Prayer as conversation vs. monologue
- God speaks when we surround ourselves with fellow listeners.
- God speaks supernaturally.