Sunday, October 28, 2007

Jesus and His Church

It has been spiritually refreshing and energising to preach from John 10 on Jesus as the Good Shepherd. What has particularly struck me is the sovereignty of Jesus as he calls his own sheep and as they respond to his call and follow him. He is still doing this today by his Word and Spirit.

Here is how the Heidelberg Catechism captures this truth:

Q 54. What do you believe concerning the “holy catholic Church?”

A. That out of the whole human race, from the beginning to the end of the world, the Son of God, by His Spirit and Word, gathers, defends, and preserves for Himself unto everlasting life a chosen communion in the unity of the true faith; and that I am and forever shall remain a living member of this communion.
If you would like to read the whole of the HC, which I strongly recommend that you do, then you can find it here. And by the way this online version has Bible references also. Not surprisingly there are five references to John 10 for this question.