The Shepherd and Overseer of your Soul

Sheep are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible.  One reason is that they play a part in relating the imagery of the Shepherd and his Flock to Jesus as the Good Shepherd. The followers of the Good Shepherd are… well… SHEEP.  With this in mind, many thoughts about sheep have come about.  First off, sheep are thought to be really stupid.  Stories I have heard involve sheep mindlessly following the other in front of them, no matter what is going on, so if a Shepherd put a staff out for one sheep to jump over and then took it away for the next sheep, the rest of the sheep would “follow the leader” and jump in the same spot.  Secondly, we hear out of Luke 15 that 100 sheep could be doing fine and then one of them might go astray, so the Good Shepherd has to run after that one that decided somehow to just wander off, even though the routine is the mindless following.

So does that make us STUPID SHEEP, and is Jesus greatly placing prominence on Himself and belittling humankind?

Being less and less agriculturally inclined in society today, and not in the business of raising sheep, I discovered what many people may already know.  Sheep actually have some distinct attributes that put them at a higher IQ than one can imagine.

  1.  They are right below Pigs in IQ and can be considered the same level as cattle.  MOOOOO!!!
  2.  Sheep can actually recognize facial features and remember them for years.  Take that iPhone number kazillion and one!
  3.  Sheep can pick up on different emotional states pretty easily.  (In a BAAAAAD mood???)
  4.  Sheep can also express their emotional state by the various sounds they make.
  5.  Sheep can self-medicate themselves and graze on needed nutrients depending on their current physical status
  6.  Sheep also can distinguish between voices and know when their name is called.

Wow!  Maybe sheep are smarter than we think! With all these amazing facts (and believe me there are more from sheep enthusiasts), maybe Jesus is wanting us to feel more than “stupid.”

John 10 paints a picture of a Good Shepherd that knows His sheep.  He calls them by name.  He protects them.  He gives them abundant life. He oversees every aspect of their lives.  In fact, He oversees the deepest part of our inward being.  The keeper of the our mind, will, and emotions.  The place that we tend to keep hidden behind the outside, natural part of ourselves.  Our Souls!

Maybe Jesus is revealing His true heart to us and the heart of the Father for mankind.  All we need to do is respond to the call when we hear our name.  He willingly lays down His life for US, the SHEEP!  Do you know His voice?

or better put… DO YOU KNOW THE SHEPHERD AND OVERSEER OF YOUR SOUL?

Peter was asked to do something by Jesus.  “FEED MY SHEEP” Those words must have echoed in his mind for the rest of his life.  After denying Jesus on the road to the cross, he finds a place of forgiveness and reconciliation.  Then he is given a noble task.  To follow Jesus and point others to the Shepherd of the Sheep.

Maybe those thoughts settled in his mind in a way that gave him the wisdom to encourage his flock with these words:

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:24‭-‬25 ESV

The comfort we can find in Peter’s words lands on the word RETURN.  The truth is all of us have strayed away from the heart of the Father.   We have something within us that decides to wander away, even when we do a good job of following most of the time.  Peter understood the word “RETURN,” and brings comfort in this truth.  YOU CAN RETURN TO THE SHEPHERD AND OVERSEER OF YOUR SOUL.  Just as Peter did.  We all have the ability to RETURN.

Where are you today?  Wandering?  Following?  Listening to the Voice of the Good Shepherd? 

YOU CAN SIMPLY RETURN

All Access This Wednesday

ALL ACCESS TONIGHT- Middle School and High School Combined. 
Take note of the 15 minute time difference.
5:30 – Hangout
6pm – Pizza in Pavilion
6:30 – Join High School U OWN IT NIGHT @ SWC
7:45 – Dismiss 
What is U OWN IT NIGHT? High School Student Leaders are leading the Worship, Game, Talk Time and other elements of the night!

Middle School Grow

We are launching our Middle School Grow track through Google Classroom!

The Journey in Discipleship Personal Growth track has gone digital!

If you are a Middle School Student that would like a personal challenge in Growing in your walk with Jesus, Middle School Grow is for you.

HOW DOES A STUDENT JOIN IN?

Step 1 – Go to classroom.google.com and click Go to Classroom. or download the Google Classroom App on your device.

Step 2 – Join a class with a class code that matches your grade below:

  • 6th Grade Code – gupp44
  • 7th Grade Code – j8d2lxe
  • 8th Grade Code – 6t8nsi
  • Accept an invitation from Class Creator— Code doesn’t work? Email Pastor Brandon at Brandon.Best@oakwoodnb.com and he will manually invite you through email.
  • Click on the Classwork Tab
  • Watch the opening video like this one

WE are in launch mode

My desire is to provide students with a Grade Based, personal track, that challenges them to think about their walk with Jesus and gives them steps to walk through it.

We definitely understand that this is a work in progress. We chose Google Classroom due to the fact that students use it at school, it is FREE for our use, and it gives a platform for us to build on in the DIGITAL AGE we are in. We can post videos, devotional content, give links, and track “points” to see how students are progressing.

WHAT ARE THE GRADES?

Grades for the “assignments” mainly fall in the completion category. We also have the idea of challenging students to push hard at certain times of the year with prizes for the leaders in each grade.

Middle School Camp is June 2-7

Our Middle School Camp is Sunday, June 02, 2019 – Friday, June 07, 2019

Cost: EARLYBIRD: $275.00, REGULAR REGISTRATION: $295.00, LATE REGISTRATION: $350.00

Checkout the Ministry Team: http://glowingheart.org/

When:  June 2-7, 2019 (Sunday Leave afternoon, return Friday Late)

Who can attend: 6th-8th grade students (2018-2019 school year)

Location: Focus Point Base Camp in Alba, TX

ONLINE REGISTRATION – CLICK HERE

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