LISTEN UP

Legendary Series, Week 3
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Journey Church

 

 

“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. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 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. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 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:

 

  1. 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

  1. 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.

Leave a Comment...