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OUR DUTIES TO JESUS OUR SHEPHERD

   . HEED HIS VOICE…
      1. His sheep hear His voice – Jn 10:2-3
      2. His sheep follow Him, for they know His voice – Jn 10:4
      3. Thus Jesus expects His sheep to heed His voice
         a. As proclaimed during His earthly ministry – Lk 6:46
         b. As stated in the Great Commission – Mt 28:18-20
      4. Which we do today by heeding the words of His apostles
         a. To receive them is to receive Him – Jn 13:20
         b. Thus the early church continued steadfastly in their
            doctrine – Ac 2:42
         c. For they taught the commandments of the Lord – 1Co 14:37
      — Are we following the Shepherd by heeding His voice?

HOLD TO HIS FLOCK…
1. There is one flock (or one body) – Jn 10:16; cf. Ep 4:4
2. We should strive to maintain the unity of that flock
a. For which Jesus prayed – Jn 17:20-23
b. For which Jesus died – Ep 2:13-16
3. Which we do today by:
a. Not heeding the voice of “strangers” (false teachers)
– Jn 10:5,8b; cf. 2Jn 9,10
b. Maintaining the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace
– Ep 4:1-3
— Are we doing our part to preserve the oneness of His flock?

HELP HIS SHEPHERDS…
1. The Chief Shepherd has shepherds to guide His flock
a. They are the elders in a local congregation – 1Pe 5:1-4
b. Their duty is to oversee and pastor the flock – Ac 20:17,28;
1Pe 5:1-3
2. Jesus expects His sheep to respect His shepherds
a. To submit to their oversight, make their duty a joyful one
– He 13:17
b. To esteem them highly in love, being at peace – 1Th 5:12-13
— Are we helping or hindering the work of the Lord’s shepherds?

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