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SURRENDER EXISTS TO RAISE UP CHRISTIANS TO LIVE THE RADICAL CALL OF JESUS AND FOLLOW HIM TO THE LEAST, THE LAST AND THE LOST.

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The Good Shepherd

Surrender Australia

The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his sheep by name and leads them … he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know His voice… I am the door of the sheep …I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd.
— John 10:3-11

What a fantastic time at SURRENDER 15 we had! The way different voices, songs, poems, dances, and conversations weaved together to share powerful and beautiful message of the kingdom was truly incredible! So many people shared stories with us about how impacting it was for them personally! 

We are reminded that Jesus turned the world upside down with 12 disciples. Or maybe a few more than that, but really over His three years of ministry through a very small humble, grassroots approach! 

He came as God incarnate, as the light of the world, the bread of life, and called people to follow. He called them to become like Him, fully human and children of God. He came as the shepherd of a broken, lost, wandering humanity and began to call His sheep by name and to lead them out – to go before them and have them follow Him as they hear His voice. 

He leads them towards life, towards truth, towards a new kingdom with a message and practice of hope, freedom, justice, wholeness, and most of all love. We need to simply hear the voice of Jesus as our shepherd as He continues to call the lost sheep of humanity and begin to follow His new way. 

SURRENDER simply exists as a collective to make spaces and gatherings where we can together hear Jesus voice and then be empowered, equipped and shepherded to follow and live a radical discipleship of justice, mission, and love. Our prayer is that you hear His voice and join with us all as we simply seek to follow! 

As you go it can be helpful to remember as one of our friends Rowan Lewis shared:

  • Stay linked in and part of the conversation through SURRENDER Ambassadors, Facebook, upcoming Truth Lab events and our partners

  • Start with addition, not subtraction. How can you plant the seed of justice and love in your context?

  • Use the SURRENDER Toolkit as a resource for inspiration and guidance.

  • Tell stories, don’t start arguments. Find fresh ways to help people hear and see the message of Jesus. Don’t just point out the ways they are missing it!