Our 2019 Sermon Theme:

"All the Way, My Savior Leads Me"

The theme at our congregation this year is from a song by Fanny J Crosby, All The Way My Savior Leads Me. Fanny Crosby was blind, and in most of her hymns you can see some reference to sight, seeing or vision. This song is no exception.

Here are the lyrics: 

 All the way my Savior leads me
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy?
Who through life has been my guide
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort
Here by faith in Him to dwell
For I know whate'er befall me
Jesus doeth all things well

All the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread
Gives me grace for every trial
Feeds me with the living bread
Though my weary steps may falter
And my soul a-thirst may be
Gushing from the rock before me
Lo! a spring joy I see

 All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father's house above
When my spirit, clothed immortal
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages
Jesus led me all the way.

Our focus this year is about leadership:

Jesus’ leadership of us.

Our leadership of others.

Here are a few key passages on the leadership of Jesus:

  • Psalm 23 – This beloved and classic psalm tells us so much about the heart of God as our Shepherd and what His leadership/shepherdship is all about.
  • Ezekiel 34 – Because of the horribly selfish, domineering and aggressive leadership that existed at the time, God promised that one day He would be the shepherd. Specifically, the Son of David would come and be the One Shepherd over God’s people. He would seek the lost, bind up the wounded and feed the flock.
  • Isaiah 40:11 – The Messiah Jesus leads us like a gentle shepherd.
  • John 10 – Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He’s not for hire, He owns the sheep. Jesus the Good Shepherd has a close, intimate relationship with the sheep and they follow His voice. As the Good Shepherd, He lays down His life for the sheep. He doesn’t run when there is trouble, He protects the flock from thieves and wolves.
  • In several passages, Jesus is called the Great Shepherd, or the Chief Shepherd and Overseer of our souls (1 Peter 2:25; 5:4; Hebrews 13:20). We are the flock of God, and Jesus is constantly watching out over our souls.

As we focus on these passages, God’s word forms a portrait what you and I are to be as leaders/shepherds today. Jesus’ leadership style is to be our leadership style. His heart is to be our heart. How He shepherds is how we are to shepherd.

This will affect our church leadership, our parenting, our behavior and attitude in the workplace and community. As we begin to see our relationship with others as a shepherd, then our whole attitude and focus will change. May God the Chief Shepherd transform our hearts into true shepherd’s hearts.