Total Commitment with an Extra Large Heart
John 10: 11 - 18
1 John 3: 16 - 24
read the book, “The Unfolding Drama of the Bible”?
In this book the author, Bernhard Anderson,
says, “The Bible is a drama in three acts” with historical events and acts of
God. He says the 3 major acts are: Formation, Reformation, and
Transformation of God’s people.
●Formation - Tells the story of the people’s
journey from Egypt toPalestine.
●Reformation - Tells the story of the
people’s journey to return to theirhomeland from Exile.
●Transformation - Tells
the story of how Jesus embraced all peopleinto God’s kingdom through
2.Today let’s talk about the Transformation
- this is the Good News that as Christians we all know.
What is the good news? It is God’s promise and action to deliver
peoplefrom the bondage of evil, darkness, and death and God’s
re-creation of human life with new possibilities of freedom and fulfillment
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
our Church transformed? Our church is a covenant community chosen
by the grace of Jesus Christ. We say in the New Creed, “We are called to be the
Church.” How do we do this? How can we be faithful in response to God’s call?
Especially for us living in today’s time, we have to think about how we can
become one - between North and South; East and West; Indigenous community and
non-Indigenous Canadians; the haves and have nots; ethnic minorities and ethnic
3.I can see
that the WE church is a church transformed.
●From the beginning of this church you have been doing
a lot of good things, contributing your service to your neighbours and your
●You have also been embracing your
changing multicultural neighbourhood and starting intercultural services for
●Since the amalgamation between Willowdale and
Immanuel Korean United Church in 2016 your community of faith has been transforming
an Intercultural congregation: the “WE” community of faith!
We know that Intercultural Diversity community
and ministry would be possible only through understanding, acceptance, humility
and also through respect, equality,
and walking together. When done well, Intercultural ministry will build trust
and intentional relationships respecting differences.
that WE church has been doing this, forming, reforming, and now transforming
into a new intentional, respectful, community of faith, and you should be proud
of how you have progressed.
4.Who helps us to transform? We can see
that in John’s gospel there is thecharacter of the good shepherd.
What do we
know about the good shepherd? The good shepherd lays down his orher
life for the sheep; knows his or her own sheep, and the sheep know and trust
the shepherd. The good shepherd brings other sheep that do not belong to the
fold; and those sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. In contrast, a hired
shepherd may leave the sheep and run away when he or she sees danger coming
because he or she does not care for sheep.
The relationship between the good shepherd and
the sheep is so strong in many ways: there is intimacy and security; danger and
protection; recognition and trust; and belonging together.
5.Like the good shepherd, Jesus tells us that he
lays down his life for people and he even brings others that do not belong and
lets them listen to him. He consistently shows us love through leading,
guiding, feeding, seeking the lost one, keeping them together, and putting
their well-being before his own. Like the good shepherd, Jesus demonstrates commitment,
care, faithfulness, and life-giving love to create a strong relationship with
us. Even in our deepest moments of loneliness, isolation, and hopelessness, our
Jesus responds to us by offering an alternative to our fear, insecurities, and
6.In a similar way, your new minister, Rev. YoonOk
Shin brings many ways of showing us love through her various gifts as a
minister, including through her: passion, endurance, decisiveness, and
risk-taking. She is also a good listener with communication skills. YoonOk
provides good leadership and she is a person-centered minister who really likes
people! She has a lot of experience in Intercultural ministry, including her
experience in Intercultural ministry in Edmonton, Alberta.
7.Is it enough just to have a good shepherd? It is a
balance. The strong relationshipwas not just because of the good
shepherd. The sheep also have responsibility for the strength of their
If we are the sheep, what is our relationship with Jesus and God and
what is our responsibility? Is there trust, intimacy, and a sense of
belonging? Have wedone our best to live in God’s community and our
community of faith with trust, openness, welcoming, inclusivity, and caring?
8.We know that our God has an extra large heart
with care, commitment, faithfulness, and life-giving love. He calls us to
action and responsibility. Love in truth and action, not just word or speech.
Love by laying down our lives for others.
Jesus says to us, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and
you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
9.Who is Jesus for us and for our church? How do
we respond to Jesus’ voice and call? Let’s try to find the gifts of ministry
which are enclosed within us and our community of faith with the leadership of
your new minister, YoonOk Shin and through working together with her.
said, “Faith and love come together as a single package. Love and faith are the
gifts of single grace.”
Be a healthy congregation!
Lead your ministry by putting your love and
faith into truth and action!
Be strong witnesses and build a strong
relationship as sheep and disciples!
God bless your journey of ministry with your new minister, Rev. YoonOk Shin
through the WE community of faith.