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Goodness - Love and Care (John 10:1-21)



Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, November 29, 2020
Part of the Bridge The Gap - Grateful In All series, preached at a Sunday Online service

John 10:1–21 (Listen)

10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

(ESV)

Sermon Notes

BRIDGE THE GAP - GRATEFUL IN ALL
Goodness - Love and Care
John 10: 1-21
11/29/20

*Have you experienced His goodness in your life?

*How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house. Your holy temple. Psalm 65:4
*Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15
*Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. III John 1:11

Gratitude - A profound awareness of His presence and His blessings-

*To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. vs. 3
*A stranger they simply will not follow but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers. vs. 5
*I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. vs. 11
BIG LESSON - NEVER LET THE THIEF STEAL YOUR GRATITUDE
KEY VERSE - 10:10

I. Access His goodness through the door - vs.1-5
A. We know His voice
B. We follow the true shepherd
Lesson - Be careful to listen for the right voice

II. Be aware of the adversary - vs. 6-13
A. Salvation and goodness come from God
B. Purpose of adversary is clear - steal, kill and destroy
C. The cross affirms the good shepherd
Lesson - Never surrender to a false shepherd

III. His goodness guides our lives - v.s14-21
A. He knows us and we know Him
B. Sacrifice is His way
C. His obedience to the Father displayed love and care
Lesson - We have a shepherd we can trust
Are you living in His goodness?

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