Why Listen to Him? (John 10:1-20)Pastor Jared Shumate, September 22, 2019
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Sunday Morning, September 22nd, 2019 - Why Listen To Him? - Pastor Jared Shumate
There are a lot of things in this world vying for our attention. The TV, the radio, newspapers, politicians, your employer, etc, etc, etc. They all want our eyes and our ears. The world is calling out for you, tempting to to divert your attention.
But there is another voice in the crowd calling for you. A loving and gentle voice, still and soft. Jesus Himself calls out for you from among the noise of this world. Just like a shepherd calls his sheep by name, Jesus is calling for you.
But why listen to Him? How are His Words different from those of the world? The world tries to distract us, but He leads us. The world beats us down and lets us down, but He loves us. The world will destroy you if you allow it, but He gives us life!
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1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. 19There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 20And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? (KJV)