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And He Himself gave some to be....evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ...
- Ephesians 4:11-12

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Good Shepherd

A Study of Jesus the Good Shepherd
John 10:1-15

Introduction for This Week's Devotions

Now that we have finished looking at the Sermon on the Mount we will move on to another passage of Scripture where Jesus taught about Himself, the Kingdom, and the Christian life. Today we will start our look at John 10:1-15 in a study titled, “The Good Shepherd”.

In the process we will learn much about the picture of the shepherd and sheep that Jesus uses often in His teaching and we will learn to be good, obedient "sheep" ourselves. I am looking forward especially to learning about the care a shepherd has for his flock - it guides me in the ministry as a pastor (in fact, the title “pastor” comes from a word that means “shepherd”) and it will help us all see Jesus as our caretaker and protector.

In these verses Jesus uses an unmistakable statement to describe Himself. He says, “I AM.” He finishes the phrase by saying “I AM the door.” But we know that He is making a clear reference to the fact that He is both God and man! He uses the very name God that was used to identify Himself to Moses and the children of Israel during the time of the Exodus. God said, "I AM that I AM."

As we learn what Jesus has to say about Himself and about His sheep, we will also look at those who he describes as thieves and robbers. He teaches us how to tell who the Good Shepherd is and who the bad shepherds are! I am including a devotional written from John 10:1-4 this week that will introduce us to the idea that Jesus is “The Door.” I have given a format for family worship which includes a verse for the day, study of the Puritan Catechism, time in the Word, devotional thoughts, a link to a section of exposition and explanation from “The Treasury of David” on Psalm 23 which was written by Charles Spurgeon, recommended Scriptures for further study and meditation, and recommended songs to sing to God’s glory.

(The hymns are taken from our church hymnal, "The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration". Note for Church Members: If you do not have this hymnal at home, you are free to take one home from church for use during the week. These hymns also appear in most hymnals available today.)

Tune in tomorrow for a look at "The Door."


PS - be sure to check out a brief quote from John Bunyan on the Lord's Day available at The Spurgeon Underground. And if you still need some encouragement in figuring out what to do today, click here: What to do on Sunday.


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