March 27, 2022 9AM Service(Audio/Video)
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Delivered By
Pastor Lynn Spoon
Delivered On
March 27, 2022 at 9:30 AM
Central Passage
John 10:1-18
Subject
How am I like a Sheep?
Description

When Jesus tells us about sheep, shepherds, and greener pastures. He’s really talking about abundance and direction and assurance in my life.

 

Once I was ______________________ but now I ________________________.

 

I need to have a Humility.

Jesus said, “The people who think they can see, they’re the ones who can’t see. The people who admit what they can’t see, are the ones that will be able to see spiritually."

 

I lift up my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. Psalm121: 1-2

 

Jesus says, I am the good shepherd and you’re a sheep that means…

 

A. I’m Vulnerable.

The problem is we’re sheep, so as we keep hitting our heads on things it hurts. We become confused and dazed, we start stumbling and wandering around.

 

B. I’m Easily Influenced.

Often a sheep will look around and decide to go off in another direction the other sheep will tend to follow. We do the same thing. That’s why I need a shepherd!

 

“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls His own sheep by name, and He leads them out.” 10: vs. 1-3

 

1. Jesus My Shepherd Calls Me by Name.

 

When I listen for His voice, I begin to see His direction.

 

2. Jesus My Shepherd Leads Me Safely on.

 

“When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know His voice.” v. 4

 

In my life, I’m not going to face a situation that Jesus hasn’t already faced.

 

“But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” v. 5

 

My Shepherd is Strong. “Greater is He who is in us than He who is in the world.”

 

“Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what He was telling them.” v. 6

 

“Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture.” vs. 7-9

 

“Now all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, come to God the Father with the Holy Spirit’s help because of what Christ has done for us.” Eph. 2:18

 

“This is the fresh, new life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us by tearing the curtain of His human body to let us in to the holy presence of God.” Heb. 10:20

 

Jesus says three things happen when I come in through Him. “Whoever enters through Me… (1. will be saved.) (2. He will come in and go out.) (3. He will find pasture.)”

 

This is a picture of absolute security.

 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” v. 10

 

“I’m the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  v. 11

 

3. Jesus My Shepherd Lays down His Life for me.

 

I’m like a sheep. Something’s going to influence my life. The real question is; Who or what am I going to allow to influence my life?

 

“The 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. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.” vs. 12-13

 

Will I follow the shepherd? He is the one who willing gave His life for me.

 

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep. I 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. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No 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.” vs. 14-18

 

If you really want to enjoy greener pastures, you need to do three things:

A. Listen to the Shepherd.

Have you noticed how easily we’re influenced by what somebody else is saying?

 

B. Follow the Shepherd.

We are going to follow someone. We’re like sheep. The question is who.

 

C. Trust the Shepherd.

If He’s leading you in a direction that seems unfamiliar, it’s because He knows that’s the direction where the greener pastures are for your life.

 
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