The Voice of Restoration

Recordings, notes and application questions

Each week, we produce notes, discussion points and application questions for the Sunday talks — helping you go deeper into everything we’re looking at together and resourcing our Small Groups during the week. Use the embedded player to listen to the talk, or click here to visit Soundcloud and download it on a PC. You can also subscribe to Oasis podcasts on Spotify, iTunes or Podbean for listening on the go, and you can find the accompanying Powerpoint presentation for this week’s talk here.

Key Passages

  • John 20:11–18
  • Psalm 77
  • John 10:1–18

Notes

Mary recognised the risen Jesus as she heard His voice calling her name. She then saw the scars of his crucifixion in His glorious resurrected body, that spoke of His glory — love and grace.

Believers are often called sheep in the scriptures, with Jesus being the Good Shepherd. Like a Shepherd, Jesus’ voice draws the sheep to Himself, such that He can lead us into His goodness. His voice, heard primarily in the scriptures, has distinctive characteristics, bringing:

  • Revelation not confusion
  • Clarity not chaos
  • Life not death
  • Hope not despair
  • Conviction not condemnation
  • Peace not turmoil
  • Comfort not isolation
  • Rest not striving

Whereas goats are solitary and have to be driven from behind with a stick, sheep flock in community and are led by the voice of the shepherd, which restores and renews and heals our brokenness.

There are seasons when we don’t hear God’s voice clearly. How do we respond them?

  • With raw honesty before God — Psalm 77. Expressing our emotions, including our tears… just as Jesus met Mary in the tears of her hurt and confusion.
  • Carried by community: Flocking together, carried by the faith of others. As with the paralysed man in Mark 2:1–12

Application Questions

  1. What spoke to you most from Sunday?
  2. How is the voice of God portrayed in the Bible as powerful?
  3. What effect does Jesus’ voice have on Mary?
  4. In what ways does God speak to us? How can we recognise the voice of God?
  5. What will the effect of God’s voice be on our lives?
  6. What does it mean that Jesus is the Good Shepherd? What does it mean to be His sheep?
  7. How can we grow in recognising the voice of God?
  8. How can we respond to times of not hearing God’s voice?
  9. How does God use us to speak to others? In what ways might we exercise that privilege?