** Audio can take a minute or two to load, please press play and be patient **
SUNDAY 09 SEPTEMBER 2018
Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.
Today we continue our series “Everyone Gets to Play” Where we have been exploring the five gifts described in Ephesians 4 as given by God to each one of us.
At its core, those gifted with a Shepherd heart create and maintain healthy community, promoting the common good, encouraging people in the faith and ensuring the welfare of people as well as the broader society in which the community abides.
Shepherds pay close attention to their immediate environment, noticing details about people and the state of the community. They have strong empathetic attitudes and heightened capacities for meaningful friendships and relationships.
They know the names, stories and details of the people in their care. They desire cohesion and unity and find it hard when people leave the community - for good or not-so-good reasons.
People matter to shepherds - even and especially the most unlikely, most vulnerable and unseen ones.