The Good Shepherd and the thief (Which one are you listening to?)

Lifehouse Yokosuka

September 11th 2016

The Good Shepherd and the thief (Which one are you listening to?)

(John 10:10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

2 Questions:

Question 1: Who is the thief and what does he do?

Question 2.Who is the good shepherd and what does he do?

Question 1: Who is the thief and what does he do?

Answer: Steal, kill and destroy.

What is his main tricks?

-1.lies and deception, negativity

-2.temptation and condemnation

How?

-Another way

(John 10:1) Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.

 

“A strangers’ voice”

(John 10:4-5) When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (5) But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.

(Genesis 3:1-4) Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (2) The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, (3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” (4) “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.

# The main effect is to steal, kill and destroy.

 

What do we do?

a.Listen and know the good shepherds’ voice.

(John 10:3-5) The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4) When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (5) But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

b.Know the truth. Hold the truth.

(John 8:31-32) To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. (32) Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

c.Know God will help you win the victory

(1 Corinthians 10:13) No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

(Isaiah 54:17) no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.

Question 2.Who is the good shepherd and what does he do?

Answer: Gives life and ‘life to the max!’

Life to the abundant level – meaning, – exceeding usual quantity and quality.

1.Not ordinarily encountered (extraordinary, remarkable, so great, advantage).

2.Extraordinary in ammount (superfluous, greater, more, even more, excess, overflow, beyond measure).

# What are his main ‘life-giving’ blessings?

salvation, forgiveness and righteousness.

love, joy, peace, inner-strength.

No condemnation (Rom 8:1)

= life, joy, lift, blessings.

# Main Lesson: Listen to the good shepherd, not the thief!

(John 10:14-15) 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.

 

Life Group Questions and Prayer

1.Do you listen to the good shepherd and his Word?

2.Are you able to discern and reject the thief’s voice?

3.Let’s pray for clarity and strength.