Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
06-06-21 Kevin Goins - The True Shepherd
“Who’s Who in the Drama of Salvation: The True Shepherd”
Last Sunday we looked at the false or unworthy shepherds. Today we focus our attention on the one Jesus says is the true shepherd.
I First, the true shepherd enters the sheep pen in the _____________ way (10:1-2).
A. What does it mean that Jesus is the true shepherd who deserves to have access to the sheep? It means he is not a f___________ shepherd or a p_____________ Messiah.
B. Who, then, is the true shepherd Messiah? Jesus says it is the one who enters through the g________________ rather than climb in some other way.
C. The Old Testament prophets have given lots of c________________ about the identity of the Messiah.
D. There were more than _________________ specific prophecies about the coming of the Messiah and Jesus f________________________________ every one of them.
II Second, the true shepherd calls his sheep ____ _______________ (10:3)
A. There are two things about this that are very important:
1. First, Jesus knows our name even when ____ ________ else knows it.
-Jesus is the shepherd who remembers us even when our own l___________ o___________ have forgotten us.
2. The second thing that is important is that Jesus says, “He calls his own sheep by name and _____________ them _________.”
-Jesus says he calls us by name so that we will get up and f_________________ him.
B. How many times have we heard him call o_______ name and how many times have we r____________________ to respond?
III Third, the true shepherd l____________________ his sheep (10:4).
A. Notice the sequence: First he b_____________ o__________ his sheep.
B. Second, he g_________ a____________ of them.
-Since Jesus is going before us that means everything that happens to us he has already e_____________________________.
C. Third, the sheep follow because they know his v____________________.
IV Finally, the true shepherd has sheep who are l____________________ (10:5).
A. Stranger is the Greek word allotrios which means “belonging to a_________________”.
-To follow a shepherd who does not belong to God is to follow someone whose motivations and desires are not g____________, and that is dangerous.
B. Sometimes, however, we are d______________________, but the true shepherd’s sheep are never p_______________________ deceived.
C. The only way to hear the shepherd and to be loyal to him is to c___________________ every voice we hear with the voice of God’s Word.
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