4th Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020
Lections: John 10:1-10; Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; Peter 2:19-25
As the shepherd, Jesus described himself in this way, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep (John 10:7 NRSV). A gate is an exit and entry point. Look at Jesus' encounter with the blind man in the Gospel of John, chapter 9?
How did Jesus serve as a gate for the blind man? Consider how Jesus served as a gate for other persons he encountered in the Gospel of John.
How do we serve as a gate for people, especially those who are vulnerable?
This familiar psalm served as the psalmist's testimony of how the Lord was his Shepherd--leader, guide, provider, protector, comforter.
Share how the Lord our God serves as your shepherd.
Having responded to Peter's call, the believers came together to share in the Apostles' teachings, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayers. They held everything in common and the Lord added to their number day by day.
What faith practice would you like to see developed more in our congregation? Explain your answer
1 Peter 2:19-25
1 Peter is addressed to various churches located in provinces that were under the domination of the Roman Empire. While the new Christians have encountered oppression and hostility from locals, Peter advised them to maintain loyalty to both their faith and the Roman Empire (1 Peter 2:17).
Should we accept injustice as 1 Peter suggested or should we fight injustice? What do you think about the idea that suffering is some kind of blessing?