Jesus identifies Himself as the good Shepherd, and the sons and daughters of God are His sheep. He declares in John 10:27 that His sheep have the innate ability to hear His voice. It is neither an acquired skill nor the exclusive right of an elite group. Just like how we can hear with our physical ears, it has always been a natural ability.
Says Kenny: "As a minister of the Gospel of the kingdom, it always intrigues me that the discourse among God’s people in the past century has simply been centered primarily on ‘the church’ – Church-growth tactics, building a healthy church, purpose-driven Church etc.
Don’t get me wrong – I love the Church, and I love the people of God whom Christ loves and gave His life for. What intrigues and disturbs me is that the Church has somewhat lost sight of the bigger picture – the kingdom of God.