A Sheep In Gods Flock


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A Sheep In God’s Flock August 1, 2004 Cherry Street Church of Christ

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Text: Matthew 18:12-14 12 "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.

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Introduction The imagery of God’s children as “sheep” is found throughout the Bible. The Jewish nation prided themselves on being God’s special flock. Jehovah God is called “the shepherd of Israel” (Ps, 80:1); and the nation is “His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Ps. 100:3) In the NT, Paul used the image of the flock when he addressed the church leaders from the great city of Ephesus (Acts 20:28-29). Next slide

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Intro: Continued ). These elders were working in an urban center, yet Paul reminded them they were ministering to God’s sheep. If we really understand what it means to be a sheep in God’s flock, we will better be able to relate to each other, to our church leaders and to our Lord.

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Why Does God Compare His People To Sheep? Sheep Are Clean Animals Sheep Know Their Shepherd Sheep Desperately Need a Shepherd Sheep Are Useful Animals Sheep Flock Together

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Sheep Are “Clean” Animals (Lev. 11:1-8) This means that they are acceptable to God. Our acceptance comes only through the merits of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians. 1:6) The nature of the creature determines its appetite, and it is the nature of the sheep to desire the pasture and not the “garbage dump.” 2 Tim. 2:19, “Let everyone that named the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

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Sheep Know Their Shepherd John 10:14, “I am the good shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine.” The shepherd has an intimate relationship with his sheep and knows their names. The sheep know the shepherd’s voice and obey it, but they will not follow if they hear another. There are many “voices” calling today, and some sound religious. The child of God will not follow when he hears the voice of strangers (John 10:5) God’s voice to us today is the Word of God, taught by the Spirit of God. It is encouraging to know that Christ knows each of His sheep by name.

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Sheep Desperately Need A Shepherd Without the loving care of a shepherd, the sheep would be helpless. Unless we follow our Shepherd, we will go astray (I Peter 2:25).

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Sheep Are Useful Animals The Good Shepherd has every right to expect His sheep to be useful. In return for all He does for us, we should be useful to Him. We should be giving our all to the Lord (Rom. 12:1-2).

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Sheep Flock Together . It is the nature of sheep to want to be with the flock; and it is the nature of the believer to want to be with one another The New Testament knows nothing of isolated Christian living. We need to be identified with God’s people. We need to be steadfast. We need to be in the Lord’s house (Heb. 10:25). The isolated sheep is always in danger.

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Jesus Christ as The Shepherd The Bible presents the shepherding ministry of the Lord Jesus from three different perspectives.

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Jesus As Shepherd: Introduction (1) As the Good Shepherd, He died for the sheep (John 10:11, 15, 17-18); (2) As the Great Shepherd, He lives for the sheep to perfect them (Heb. 13:20); (3) and as the Chief Shepherd, He will return to gather His sheep and take them to Heaven (I Peter 5:1-4).

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Intro-Part 2 These three titles tell about His ministry to us in the past, present and future. Psalm. 22 describes the Good Shepherd who gives His life for the sheep; Psalm. 23 describes the Great Shepherd’s provision to us “all the days of our lives.” Psalm. 24 is a victory Psalm that announce the arrival of the King, the Chief Shepherd, who will defeat His enemies and reward His people.

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Responsibilities of the “Sheep” We must keep Alert to the voice of the Shepherd We must Stay Close to the Shepherd If we stray, we must call for the Shepherd’s help We must be Useful to the Shepherd

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We must be Alert to the Voice of the Shepherd at all times We discover His leading as we study the Bible, meditate, pray and obey what he reveals to us. We must follow Him one step at a time, one day at a time.

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We must Stay Close to the Shepherd no matter whether He leads us to the green pastures or to the dark valley. He is with us in both places. We must always have our eyes on the Savior (Heb. 12:1-2)

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If we stray, we must call for the Shepherd’s Help He will forgive if we will ask Him. He is our Advocate (I John 1)

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We must be useful to the Shepherd Each member has a gift. We must use it. All can do something for God. We must find our talent and use it for the Lord.

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Invitation Facts to Believe Mankind needs a Redeemer Christ died for your sins He was crucified on the 3rd Day He arose from the Dead Commands to Obey Hear the Word Believe Repent Confess Be Baptized -go to next slide

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Invitation Promises to Enjoy Forgiveness of sins Gift of the Holy Spirit Live a Faithful Life