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Two kinds of Shepherd

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them (10-12 NKJ).

1. Satan is the thief - who comes to steal the precious things out of your house.

2. Jesus is the source - the One who puts precious things into your house.

Characteristics of a good shepherd

  • Loves and cares for the sheep
  • Feeds the sheep
  • Protects the sheep from predators
  • Knows the sheep by name
  • Leads the sheep in the right path

Characteristics of a hireling - not a true shepherd

  • Fleeces the flock; uses them for his own benefit
  • Does not protect the sheep; runs away in the face of danger
  • Does not feed the sheep healthy food
  • Does not really know or care for the sheep
  • Carelessly leads them astray into dangerous paths

Two kinds of sheep

But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand (26-28).

1. Characteristics of His Sheep

  • Hear His voice
  • Know His voice
  • They follow Jesus

2. Characteristics of those who are Not His Sheep

  • Don’t hear
  • Don’t follow
  • Jesus isn’t given the opportunity to know them

Five things it’s going to take to become an effective part of God’s flock

  1. It takes courage to join a family that is misunderstood by the world.
  2. It takes discipline to accomplish the tasks God has set out for us.
  3. It takes vision to overcome inevitable problems and to see what God is doing in the lives of His children.
  4. It takes endurance to stick with your brothers and sisters in Christ when it would be so much easier to go your own way.
  5. It takes love to hold God’s family together and to reach out and invite others to join it. It takes the different kinds of love: tender; tough; sacrificial; and radical love.

Victory Leaders let us follow the example of the Good and Chief Shepherd—Jesus Christ!

DrGeorgeLeadershipDr. George Hill
President/Founder
Victory Churches International