Denise Griffiths: Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Denise Griffiths: Jesus is the Good Shepherd

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Denise Griffiths: Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Denise on how Jesus is our Good Shepherd, as outlined in John 10:1-25 – The parable of the good shepherd.

Abraham was a shepherd and the patriarch of the Jewish nation. Moses tended his flock for 40 years before God asked him to go back and rescue his people. King David was a shepherd boy before he was a warrior and a king.
Shepherds were the first to see the newborn baby Jesus.

Jesus says that he is our good shepherd, who lays down his life for the sheep. Denise goes into what that means for us; ultimately that Jesus will take you home to his house, to dwell with him forever.

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Denise Griffiths: Encouragement = Growth

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Denise Griffiths: Encouragement = Growth

Denise challenges us on whether we value our young people.

Do we understand that they have a ministry from a young age?

In Biblical times, children did incredible things from a young age and teenagers are still teenagers and they still do incredible things.

We apologise for the problem with this week’s video.

 

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Resolutions

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Resolutions

By Denise Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral

Firstly, a very Happy New year to you all.

It’s a tradition at this time of year to make resolutions. I know that in the past I have made plenty: to eat healthier, drink more water, watch less television, exercise regularly and so on. You may recognise some of these and can probably add more of your own! 

Unfortunately the reality for me has been that these resolutions have always been broken at some point. Some have lasted longer than others, even years, but there has always been an  end. Being truly open and honest, I love chocolate, think water is bland, relish escaping into a good series, documentary or film, oh and I detest exercise!!  

I have also come to the realisation that these promises, which we make to ourselves and sometimes to others, aren’t usually something we really want to do, otherwise we already would be, right? 

For me, they had often been made from a place of insecurity or unhappiness, because they were generated by the lie that “Life would be better if only…”

So over time as I have understood that I am enough as I am. I am content.

However, what I do love is the meaning of resolution’s root word ‘resolute’ which is  admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

This is where I can get on board with being resolute, in my growth as a Christian. We are never the finished article, as Paul reminds us in Philippians 3 v 13-14.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

However, we can be admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering in our pursuit of pushing forward into a more Christ-like life.

I know I have much more to learn and I want to be driven; in my Bible study, prayer life and relationship with my Lord, so that I can press on until I am called heavenward.

So I pray that you will be resolute with me, and that you will know God’s blessing in 2023. 

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Denise Griffiths: Prophecy

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Denise Griffiths of Jubilee Church Wirral on Prophecy, focusing on 1 Corinthians 14:3.

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Healing not brokenness

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By Denise Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral

Some time ago I shared a word in church which has been brought back to me recently and I feel that God wants to remind us all, including myself, of it again.

The word was ‘Scars’.

This was in the context of the story commonly known as “Doubting Thomas” in John 20:

‘Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”’

What is striking is that Jesus had scars for Thomas to see and feel. This was the Son of God who had died, been buried and rose again, so he definitely had the power to remove those scars from his body but they were still there.

The question is why? This is what I felt led to share.

Firstly, Jesus had these scars, but they were clearly not painful as he asked Thomas to put his finger and hands on them. Scars are not a sign of brokenness, they are a sign of healing. I found that revelation profound.

I have scars from having to have two caesareans, and also an ovary removed. Now I could dwell on the fact that I could not give birth naturally to my daughters or that I had a large cyst and adhesions that made me unwell and were really painful.

However, what those scars really signify is the beginning of my children’s lives and a fulfilment of my desire to be a mother, as well as showing that my sickness and pain were taken away and I became well again.

Secondly, Jesus had scars that showed God’s power, they were marks that demonstrated how the world had been saved and that the relationship between man and God had been restored.

Not all scars are physical; they may also be emotional or mental, but in my own life the same applies. Those traumatic moments that I have had or the struggles that I have had to face demonstrate how God has been with me in all that has happened. He has given me the strength and peace to continue on, he has brought about breakthroughs and blessings, and he has comforted me at times when sadness has come, as it does at times for all of us.

These scars, like our physical ones, are a sign of healing and do not have to remain hidden; they are a witness to the greatness of God in all circumstances. Although part of us, we are free from the negative inferences of them, they have no hold over us in the Lord.

They do not define who we are because we have been transformed;

2 Corinthians 5:17:

‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’

And they allow us to tell of the power of our real and living God;

2 Corinthians 12:9:

‘Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’

Andrew Greenhalgh and Julie Greenhalgh Upton Life Group leaders Jubilee Church Wirral

Denise Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral

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