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Shepherds after God’s Own Heart - John 10:1-16

Shepherds after God’s Own Heart
John 10:1-16

I. GOD REVEALS HIMSELF PARTIALLY THROUGH THE METAPHOR OF A SHEPHERD    

 A. God shepherds his people with his presence and protection 
B. God shepherds his people by providing satisfaction, nourishment, rest, and restoration to his people
C. God shepherds his people by giving guidance, protection, comfort, provision, and lovingkindness to his people
D. God shepherds his people with
tenderness and compassion    

 II. GOD HAS CHOSEN TO USE PEOPLE TO DEMONSTRATE HIS SHEPHERD LEADERSHIP    

 A. Under-shepherds are to exercise a benevolent authority
B. Under-shepherds will be strictly judged by God  

 III. GOD PROMISES TO PROVIDE SHEPHERDS AFTER HIS OWN HEART    

 IV. JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND THE FULFILLMENT OF GODS PROMISES    

 A. Shepherds after God’s own heart recognize that they are stewards of the flock and not owners
B. Shepherds after God’s own heart make sure that the sheep know the voice of Jesus    
C. Shepherds after God’s own heart love the sheep and lay down their lives for the sheep 
D. Shepherds after God’s own heart share God’s concern for all the lost sheep of the world   

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Biblical Deacons Pt. 2 - 1 Timothy 3:1-11

Biblical Deacons Pt. 2
1 Timothy 3:11-13

I. DEACONS MUST MODEL THE GOSPEL IN THEIR HOMES    

 A. Deacons must lead their wives by their own example
B. Deacons must love their wives in light of the gospel    
C. Deacons must raise their children in light of the gospel

  • Deacons model disciple-making in their homes

  • Deacons model Christian worship in their homes

  • Deacons model biblical priorities and biblical success in their home

  • Deacons model the grace of God in their homes 

II. DEACONS WILL RECEIVE THE REWARDS OF GOSPEL SERVICE

A. Deacons receive a reward from our congregation
B. Deacons receive assurance of the Gospel’s power in their service   

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Biblical Deacons Pt. 1 - I Timothy 3:8-10

Biblical Deacons Pt. 1
1 Timothy 3:8-10

I. DEACONS MUST BE RESPECTABLE

A. Deacons must be respectable when they speak
B. Deacons must be respectable in how they moderate their lives
C. Deacons must be respectable in how they model honest livelihoods

II. DEACONS MUST KNOW THE GOSPEL, LOVE THE GOSPEL, AND LIVE BY THE GOSPEL

A. Deacons must hold the faith with a clear conscience
B. Deacons must be tested and proven blameless

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God’s Grace & a Pouting Prophet - Jonah 4:1-11

God’s Grace & a Pouting Prophet
Jonah 4:1-11

 I. PRIDE LEADS TO DISPLEASURE AND ANGER WITH GOD
II. PRIDE AND ANGER WILL BE DEALT WITH BY GOD
III. PRIDE AND ANGER WILL DESTROY YOU SPIRITUALLY
 
IV. PRIDE AND ANGER WILL DISPLAY YOUR SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS
V. 
 PRIDE AND ANGER WILL BLIND YOU TO SPIRITUAL TRUTH

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The Power of God's Word - Jonah 3:1-10

The Power of God’s Word
Jonah 3:1-10

I. GOD’S WORD IS GIVEN A SECOND TIME TO JONAH

A. God’s heart is amazingly compassionate to rebels like Jonah…and rebels like us.
B. God’s heart is amazingly compassionate for the world.
    
C. Our rebellion cannot thwart God’s purposes.
D. The gospel is ours to proclaim, not to edit.
    

II. GOD’S WORD IS SHARED THROUGH JONAH 

A. God’s message revealed the seriousness of sin and the certainty of God’s judgment.
B. God uses sinful people to communicate his message.
  

III. GOD’S WORD DOES ITS WORK IN NINEVEH

A. The power of God isn’t in the messenger, but in the message itself.
B. The power of God isn’t determined by methods.
C. God uses people who share his message, trusting his promises, relying on his power, and leaving the results to him
 

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Humbled by God - Jonah 1:17-2:10

Humbled by God
Jonah 1:17-2:10

I. HUMILITY ACCEPTS GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY AND AUTHORITY

A. God is free to appoint anything for his purposes
B. God is free to teach us lessons

II. HUMILITY BRINGS CLARITY AND PERSPECTIVE   

A. My own prideful choices have brought this upon me
B. I cannot overpower the God who has all power
    
C. My only hope is to cry out to the Lord for his undeserved mercy   

III. HUMILITY IS THE BRIDGE TO RESTORATION AND RECOMMISSIONING   

A.  Humility leads us to God’s purposes over our own
B. Humility leads us to thankfulness and worship
    
C. Humility leads us to obedience    
D. Humility leads us to truth

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Pride and Prejudice - Jonah 1:1-3

Pride & Prejudice
Jonah 1:1-3

I. GOD’S FREEDOM TO CALL AND COMMISSION ANYONE

    A. God Speaks
    B. God Commands
    

II. JONAH’S RESPONSE TO GOD’S COMMANDS   

    A. Jonah Runs
    B. Jonah Rebels

III. WHAT PRIDE AND PREJUDICE DO TO OUR HEARTS:

Our pride and prejudice . . .

  • Seek to usurp God’s authority over our lives
  • Lead us to believe that our lives belong to us alone
  • Convince us that we deserve God’s mercy, but others shouldn’t even have a chance to repent
  • Persuade us to believe that God should judge others the way that we have already judged them
  • Assure us that God is wrong, we are right, and He should do things our way
  • Blind us to think that God really doesn’t care if I disobey Him, but He really cares if others that I hate disobey Him
  • Lie to us by telling us that God can’t use prideful or prejudiced people to accomplish his purposes

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A Psalm of Repentance - Psalm 32:1-11

A Psalm of Repentance
Psalm 32:1-11

I. WHAT REPENTANCE IS NOT:

A.     Repentance is not dealing with sin on your own terms
B.    
Repentance is not being troubled over sin
C.     
Repentance is not covering up our sin
D.    
Repentance is not a pragmatic commitment against sin
E.    
Repentance is not parting with some sins
F.     
Repentance is not “never doing it again"

II. WHAT REPENTANCE IS:

A.     Repentance is necessary for forgiveness
B.    
Repentance is acknowledgement and confession of sin
C.     
Repentance is a change of mind regarding truth & sin
D.    
Repentance is a brokenness and sorrow for sin from the heart
E.    
Repentance is a turning away from sin
F.     
Repentance is a renunciation of self-righteousness
G.    
Repentance is instructive to others
H.    
Repentance is a practical obedience
I.       
Repentance is abiding
J.       
Repentance is an inward sorrow but an outward joy
K.    
Repentance is the path of fellowship and communion with God
L.       Repentance is Christ-embracing

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A Psalm of Power and Provision - Psalm 104:1-35

A Psalm of Power & Provision
Psalm 104:1-35

I. God rules over all creation by his power
II. God formed the earth by his power
III. 
God provides for the earth by his power   
IV. God orders time and seasons by his power
V. God directs life and death by his power
VI. God is to be praised for his power and provision

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A Psalm of Waiting - Psalm 130:1-8

A Psalm of Waiting
Psalm 130:1-8

I. Waiting on God teaches us to pray
II. Waiting on God teaches us to evaluate the hope of our hearts
III. Waiting on God teaches us to trust his character

IV. Waiting on God teaches us to depend on Him

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A Psalm of Missions - Psalm 67

A Psalm of Missions
Psalm 67

  1. It is right to seek God's blessings for ourselves.
  2. It is wrong to keep God's blessings to ourselves.
  3. Missions is when we leverage our blessings for the glory of God and the gladness of all peoples.

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A Psalm of Worship - Psalm 97:1-12

A Psalm of Worship
Psalm 97:1-12

I. WHAT IS WORSHIP? 

 “Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever become in light of a chosen or choosing god.” – Harold Best    

II. WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM PSALM 97 ABOUT WORSHIP?    

A. We must continuously rejoice in God’s sovereign reign    
B. We must continuously revere God’s majesty and holiness 
C. We must continuously proclaim his righteousness and look
     for His glory.
D. We must
continuously recognize the danger of idolatry    
E. We must continuously exalt God over all things    
F. We must continuously yield to God’s providence in our
     lives
G. We must continuously rejoice in Him and be thankful

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