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A Shepherd's Heart

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John 10:14-18 (NIV)

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 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. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to 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 authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

I.        Introduction

II.      Assume A Shepherd’s Relationships of Caring Association

A.      His Pointed Goodness Towards the Sheep

B.      His Perceptive Awareness of the Sheep

C.      His Personal Disclosure to the Sheep

D.      His Protective Care Of the Sheep

1.       Giving His Life

2.       Guarding the Sheep

III.   Adopt A Shepherd’s Passion for Wayward Sheep

A.      Sheep that Roam Outside the Shepherd’s Pen

B.      Sheep that Need the Shepherd’s Leading

C.      Sheep that will Heed the Shepherd’s Call

D.      Sheep that will Become the Shepherd’s Possession

1.       Incorporated as A Single Flock

2.       United Under A Single Shepherd

IV.    Accept A Shepherd’s Lifestyle  of Sacrificial Service

A.      A Sacrifice Fully Approved

1.       Personal Sacrifice

2.       Purposeful Sacrifice

B.      A Surrender Fully Made

1.       A Life Not Taken

2.       A Life Freely Given

C.      A Service Fully Authorized

1.       A Lawful Surrender

2.       A Lawful Recovery

D.      A Submission Fully Compliant

V.    Conclusion

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