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2/27/05 - Am the Good Shepard

I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD

The Gospel of John Series � Part 5 of 10

John 10:11-18

Jonathan Langford

February 27, 2005

 

11�I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14�I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me�15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father�and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life�only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.�

                                                                                                                                                                                                            John 10:11-18

 

�I am the good shepherd�      John 10:14a

 

I AM                                                                                                                                                                                      

�I am the Alpha and the Omega                                                 Rev. 1:8a

 

 

Different kinds of shepherds:

 

Bad     shepherd                                                                                                                                                                                                        

�Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves!�               Eze. 34:2b

 

****Jason:  Please insert slide here with the following information:

Percentage of Americans who say they:

        Need more fun                                            68

        Need a long vacation                      67

        Often feel stressed                                  66

        Feel time is crunched                      60

        Want less work, more play            51

        Feel pressured to succeed            49

        Feel overwhelmed                           48

(Source Hilton Generational Time Survey, January 2001; published in USA Today)

 

 

Good shepherd

�I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.�                                                    Eze. 34:11b

 

My            shepherd                                                                                                        

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.�       Ps. 23:1-4

 

*The Gospel of John DVD Clip (Jn. 10:7-18)

 

3 Statements that Build Our God-Confidence in the Good Shepherd:

 

I.                  �I know My sheep�

�I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me��      John 10:14

 

God knows everything about me:

 

1.      He created me.                                                                       

                 �For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother�s womb.�

Ps. 139:13

2.      He knows my days.

�All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.�    Ps. 139:16b

                 3.   He knows my name. 

�I know you by name and you have found favor with me.�          Ex. 33:12a

4.      He knows my deeds.

�I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.�               Rev. 3:15a

5.      He knows my heart.

�Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.�   Rev. 2:4

               

II.               �My sheep know Me�

�I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me��      John 10:14

 

�My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.�                             Jn. 10:27

 

The task before the church:

To send                                       

�15And how can they preach unless they are sent?�                                               Rom. 10:15a

 

To disciple

19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations�                          Mt. 28:19-20

 

*Testimony

 

III.             �I lay down My life for the sheep�

��just as the Father knows me and I know the Father�and I lay down my life for the sheep.�

                                                                                                                                                                                                John 10:15

 

�But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.�                         Rom. 5:8

 

7 MARKS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD:

 

P � Protects the sheep (John. 17:12) � �I protected them and kept them safe�

 

            A � Assimilates the sheep (Jn. 10:16) � �sheep that are not of this sheep pen�

 

            S � Serves the sheep (Mt. 20:28) � �did not come to be served but to serve�

 

            T � Teaches the sheep (Mt. 28:20) � �teaching�everything I have commanded you�

 

            O � Organizes the sheep � churches, leaders, spiritual gifts, etc.

 

            R � Reinstates the sheep (Jn. 21:17) � �Do you (Peter) love me?�Feed my sheep.�

 

            S � Sacrifices for the sheep (Jn. 10:15) � �I lay down My life for the sheep�

 

 

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