I spent my day at the Nashville campus today serving as the Worship Assistant. I love this role because it provides me the opportunity to help set up our teaching pastor and to finish out the service with opportunities for people to respond and connect. You could say I just did “announcements” but I always hope I can make it much more about helping people connect. 🙂
Before I give you the notes from the message today, I thought I would give you some additional highlights from today at the Nashville Campus:
- So proud of our worship team. For those of you that don’t know, our entire band is made up of extraordinarily talented VOLUNTEERS every weekend at every campus. These guys & gals are amazing. Today we hit a hiccup and our drummer wasn’t able to be here, so our keyboard player (who also is an excellent drummer) changed gears, moved to the drum kit and brought his keyboard with him. He played BOTH drums and keyboards for all four services! That’s crazy dedication!
- After the 3rd service, I had the opportunity to reconnect with Gloria. Gloria was one of the amazing people we met during flood week. Her neighborhood was one of the hardest hit by the Nashville Flood just a little over 2 months ago and honestly Gloria still is struggling to figure out what to do. I was so honored to pray for her, but left that conversation burdened by the work that still needs to be done to help families like hers get back on their feet. Please pray for Gloria this week.
- We celebrated over a dozen baptisms today in our services. Somehow this expression of a changed life never gets old to me… and I hope it never does.
Blake’s message today about The Good Shepherd was a powerful reminder of just how passionately God loves us. I’m not sure we get it. At least, I’m not sure that I get it.
Blake made one statement in his message that really stuck out to me. He said “The mark of a true leader is self-sacrifice.” Read his notes, ponder that statement and then let’s talk about it.
The Good Shepherd by Blake Bergstrom
Are you aware of the spiritual stories happening all around you?
Do you ever allow your agenda to get in the way of what God is doing?
Sheep trust the voice of their shepherd implicitly.
Sheep don’t need cowboys they need a shepherd. The shepherd has earned the right to be heard.
What voices are you allowing to lead you?
Do you recognize the voice of God? Are you listening to the voice of your shepherd to lead you?
Are you about sacrifice or self-promotion?
Do you represent the Cross or are you simply a hired hand?
The mark of a true leader is always self-sacrifice.
The Good Shepherd wants to tend to your every need. Do you trust him?
The enemy is a thief, a robber of life and of love.
Do you understand that Christ is jealous for you?
Do you really truly understand just how deeply He loves you?