Thursday, July 5, 2018

The powerful message of pronounciation

Earlier this week I wrote the following about the above video on Tiny Bible Bits...

John 10:3 - The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 
The video below is from the broardcasters of the World Cup and has been making its way around social media in Australia.
In short it is about the importance of names, the significance of correct pronunciation and the effort required to get it right.
The hosts acknowledge, in a multicultural society, the honour that is shown when you ensure that you pronounce someone’s name correctly. 
Why? Because our names, and the people behind them, matter.
Jesus tells us that The Father knows your name.
He is familiar with it.
He calls it out.
Because the Good Shepherd not only knows the name of His sheep, but each member of His flock personally.

As someone who worked in a very multicultural denomination who’s churches regularly house multiple congregations spanning two cultural groups, I’ve seen a few people apply the message of this video to ministry.

The importance we put in learning and using someone’s name matters because it displays the importance they have, to us personally, within the church and as someone made in God’s image.

For our efforts to correctly pronounce a name sends a message - you matter.

This is true within the church.
This is true within the classroom.
This is true within sport.

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