The Good Shepherd
- Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
- Series: Worship Service
- Scripture: John 10:11-18
The Good Shepherd
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Theme: Our Good Shepherd
Goal: That by His grace and through His Word, God will illuminate us to meet our good Shepherd and appreciate what He has done for His sheep.
Other Text: Acts 4:1-12; I John 3:16-24
INTRODUCTION: Matthew 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The great commission. A purpose for Christ’s Church to believe in and to live out. It was given to us after having met, seen, heard, lived and learned of Christ, from Christ, and about Christ. We learned The Good News of salvation through His life, death and resurrection. How awesome it is to be loved in such a way by God.
What an honor to be invited by God to be part of His Church.
What a privilege to be His witnesses.
What a gift to have such a mission.
However there are some things to remember.
- It is His word.
- It is His mission.
- We are to accomplish it all according to His will.
We cannot do it without Him.
We need Him!
- We are after All, His sheep.
I. We are His sheep. Look at all the similarities.
- Sheep are not very smart.
- Sheep are directionless.
- Sheep are defenseless.
- The point is not to put us down but to be move to AWE. We have a God that despite any flaws, He loves us and tends to us.
To not understand this, places us in peril.
II. We need a shepherd.
- The difference between a shepherd and a butcher.
- Humanity will be inevitably be one of two courses (Good) or (Bad).
- There are only two kinds of paths (gates), the righteous (narrow) or the road to perdition, the wide and Highly traveled path.
- Luther’s advise on Holy Supper is to consider this;
a. Touch your body to see if you still has flesh and blood…. then you should believe what the bible says of it in (Galatians 5 and Romans 7).
b. Check and see if you are still in the world and remember that there will be no lack of troubles as the bible says in (John chapter 15&16, 1 John 2&5).
c. You will certainly have the devil around you who with his lying and murdering day and night will let you have no peace within or without. (John 8 & 16, 1 Peter 5, Ephesians 6 and 2 Timothy 2).
We need a shepherd not a butcher and there seem to be so many butchers (Dangers we face from sin, death and devil).
III. Jesus Is the Good Shepherd
- His Relationship to us is unique.
a. Not like the butcher or even any other shepherd…. For after all they share a similar relationship to the Sheep.
- They need them for profit.
- Their relationship is based on a selfish need.
- Once there is no benefit there is no relationship.
b. Jesus holds a relationship with His sheep not based on selfish needs, not for profit, not for fame but for love.
c. That unselfish love makes of Him our Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep.
-He continues to provide His Love.
-He continues to provide that very body given for us (Holy Supper).
-He continues calling us by name (Baptism).
-Have you received His love?
-Will you follow our Good Shepherd?
May our Risen Lord (Shepherd) strengthen you in faith to life everlasting…….Amen.