John 10:1-10 ESV
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. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 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.
I. WHO IS THE REAL SHEPHERD?
A. You know the shepherd by the way he enters the sheep pen.
B. You know the shepherd by their willingness to protect their sheep.
II. JUST THE SHEEP OR EVERYONE ELSE, TOO?
A. Jesus dies for only His sheep but is willing to make anyone one of His sheep.
B. The atonement of Jesus was affectious for all but only effectious for His sheep.
III. WHO ARE THE REAL SHEEP?
A. Obedience to the voice of Jesus is proof that He is our shepherd and we are His sheep.
B. Jesus’ sheep don’t just recognize His voice. They also recognize His right to command and lead them.
IV. THE DOOR OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
A. Jesus is the door to salvation.
B. Jesus is the door to safety.
C. Jesus is the door to abundant life.
1. Life lived to the fullest is a life lived in complete harmony and oneness with the wills and wishes of God.
2. A full life is one where what others need from us becomes more important than what we want for ourselves. (Philippians 2:1-11)
3. Abundant life is an offer, not a promise.