Who are you following?

A person said, “My kids don't have Facebook”

His friend replied, “So, how will you know when their birthdays are?”

Your parents in 1996: "Don't trust ANYBODY on the internet!"

Your parents today: Don’t say that about her she is my friend on Facebook. We are going out, Uber to your friends place and order Mr Delivery for dinner. Oh, and order a new school bag from Takealot…

My wife complained that my life revolves around Facebook and it has destroyed the way we communicate.

So, I've blocked her!

In this world and the way things are going we have become a people who like following. We follow people on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Musically, Tic Tok. We follow movie stars and sports stars through social media and the news. We follow the Kardashians, Idols, the Voice and Americas Got Talent. Sometimes we follow with more interest than we follow our own friends and family.

While I was writing this, I checked my social media I have:

 4994 Friends and 1157 Followers on Facebook

 992 Followers on Instagram

 495 Followers on Twitter

 968 Followers on LinkedIn

 2924 Views on my Word Press Blog

 The Willow Hill Website has had sermons downloads – The highest download of a sermon at writing was 1238

On Reddit there was a posting called - Facebook in real life

So, I have been trying to make friends outside of Facebook and thought I would try applying the same practices. Today I go outside my building and just start walking down the street. As I pass by people, I let them know what I had to eat, how I feel right now, what I did last night, what I will do later etc... I thought it would be interesting to hand out pictures of my family, my dog and me doing some of my favorite things. If they were talking, I would stop to listen to their conversation and then give them the good old "thumbs up" and let them know I like them.

So, it actually worked!!!! I already have four people following me: two police officers, a private investigator and a psychiatrist.

The reality is that our world is changing at a rapid rate. People unfriend someone of Facebook and it is an issue. People leave a group on Whatsapp and it becomes a whole other issue. Ok, I acknowledge the Whatsapp group thing, if you leave a group, at least give an explanation ?

We find ourselves consumed and obsessed with who is following who, who is liking who, who has unfriended or friended who. I was talking with my daughter Annah and she said that on Instagram, even where someone tags you in the photo has meaning…

The question I would like to propose is, “In your life, who are we following?”

John 10 is a passage begins the great revelation of Jesus as the Shepherd of Life. Jesus is pictured as the only true Shepherd of the sheep.

John 10:1-6 "I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. (2) The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. (3) The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4) When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (5) But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." (6) Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.

There is so much in the parable, I want to focus on the aspect of the parable which has to do with a false shepherd and the true shepherd and which one we are following.

The reality is that there is both the true Shepherd and the false Shepherd, and both go after the sheep.

The true Shepherd is Jesus; The false shepherds are the thief’s and robbers are those who opposed Him—the false teachers—who so blindly stood against His claim to be "the Light of the world" And the main false shepherd is the evil one, the thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

The false shepherds voice can be the voice of...

• False Religion

• False Science

• False Psychology

• False Philosophy

• All the “isms…” Humanism, Secularism, Pluralism, Universalism, Materialism

• Worldliness

• Fame

• Self-Worship

We turn away from the false shepherds voice, repent and change our thinking. But, remember when Jesus says “repent”, it is not a threat, it’s an invitation. An invitation to the fullness of life and His purposes. It’s an invitation to follow Him. And as believers we should follow Jesus, the True Shepherd.

Friend,

You are invited to know & trust the true Shepherd's voice

You are invited to turn away from the false shepherds voice

You are invited to follow the true Shepherd

So, let me go back to the beginning when I referred to Facebook and social media followers and finish off with this question for you to consider:

There is a false shepherd and the True Shepherd.

Both are pursuing you.

The choice is yours, WHO WILL YOU FOLLOW?

To listen to this full message go to:

http://www.willowhillvcf.co.za/index.php/sermons

What's Happening - Willow Hill Vineyard Church

Friends,

Warm love and greetings to you in Christ Jesus our Lord.  I trust you are well?

Our Thanks & Giving Dinner went amazingly well and was a resounding success.  Thank you to Jeanie, Steph, Vaughan, Allan and the team who worked together to make it an evening to remember.  If you were there, I am sure you would agree.  If you were not, make sure you book your space early and are at our event in 2020.

I also want to first give thanks and all glory to our Lord Jesus for His provision in this event and in the tithes and offerings.  For the first time in over four years we are meeting budget and with the event Willow is finally not in the red budget wise.  I also want to thank each person who has taken Malachi 3 and 2 Cor 9 seriously. 

10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it - Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (NIV)

May our Father in Heaven bless your faithfulness!  A word given to me by a senior leader in the Vineyard in some of our deepest resource struggles was, “If you seed it, you will see it” And friends we are seeing it!  Our Father is faithful!

After the dinner I met with two friends who are business men and have faithfully supported our ministry for many years.  They asked me a question pertaining to Willow having our own building.  My response was that, yes, I believe one day we would have our own building to meet in.  A place to call our own home as a church.  I told them that I have had a picture in my mind for a few years now of what the facility and auditorium would look like.  Their response amazed me and overwhelmed me in the goodness of our Father.  They said they have seen us at La Salle College, the Dutch Reform Church in Discovery and now at Oakfield.  They believe that our Father wants us to have our own home as a church and they would like us to start a building fund.  They would make monthly contributions toward the building fund to make it a reality.

In my time with the Lord yesterday, I was led to go back in my journal.  I had forgotten what I had written, and the Lord reminded me of His promises.  In June this year while in Newcastle for the release of Well Vineyard, the Lord resurrected the vision for our building. I never mentioned the vision to anyone, I just journaled it and held it close to my heart. On our way home in the car we saw three Lamborghini’s in a row, the third being bright green. I mentioned how much wealth was tied up in the three cars. Estelle, a lady from Bethel Church who came along as part of the team was praying in the back seat.   After a while she said she felt it was a picture of a voucher from God for a building.  I said I’d take it, but I asked but how Father, it seems impossible...  And now here we are, as Luke 1:37 says, “For nothing is impossible with God”

I wanted to share this vision with you for your consideration and to draw you into an awareness and conversation.  Truly exciting times!

AUGUST UPCOMING EVENTS

17 August 11.30am - Marriage Seminar in The Shack– “Who’s Who?” Rolls in marriage.  If you want the best out of your marriage, you are welcome to attend.

17 August 2:00pm – Soaring Eagles.  All ladies are invited to join us at the church office when we will be building our friendships and having a time of fellowship together. Jo Robolakis will be our guest speaker.

24 August 9:00am - Orientation Course at The Shack @ Oakfield for folk interested in finding our more about Willow Hill and becoming members.

31 August 7:00am Men’s Ministry at Andre Kriel’s home. (083 310 6926)

In closing we are often asked to consider a question - “What is your preferred outcome for your life?” My question for you to prayerfully consider is slightly different in language but significantly different in outcome, “What is our Fathers preferred outcome for your life?”

Loving the journey

Andrew

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