Weekend Message Takeaway: “The Good Shepherd”

In the Bible, humans are compared to sheep more than any other animal. In fact, the comparison to sheep is made more than 200 times. An interesting fact about sheep: they're the least self-sustaining animals on the planet. They can’t get their own food, they can’t find their way home . . . they are completely dependent and fairly clueless on their own. Various times throughout His ministry, Jesus refers to us as sheep—most notably in the Parable of the Lost Sheep and here in John 10.

This weekend, as we continued our series, “The King and His Cross,” Pastor Doug explored two of the most powerful and well-known “I am” statements: “I am the door” and “I am the good shepherd.” We learned about the abundant life Jesus came to give us and what it means for us to have a good shepherd.

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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s teaching this weekend:

Jesus Knows All There Is to Know About You (John 10:1–6): Jesus’ sheep know His voice. There is a familiarity between God and His people, a unique bond. He calls you by name; by the name He gives us. You see, like Abraham, Jacob, and Peter, God gives us a new identity. The sheep receive their identity from their shepherd because the shepherd fully knows and loves his sheep.

Reflect: How does God call your name?

Only Jesus Can Give You the Good Life (John 10:7–10 & Psalm 23): How does He bring life? 

  • Protection: He is with you, He goes after you! He says, “I am the door.” The door is a place of escape, a place of safety and salvation.
  • Provision: He is generous and provides abundantly. He leads us into a life of spiritual prosperity . . . a life of expectancy and faith.
  • Peace: No one can get to us, except through Him. Christ gives us a life of security; He guides us into righteous paths.

         Reflect: Are you living in the abundance of God?

Jesus Lost His Life So That He Would Not Lose You (John 10:11–18): Four times, Jesus tells us that He would willingly lay down His life for His sheep, for us. He is a good shepherd, not like thieves, robbers, or the hired hands. He is always with us and always for us.

Jesus Has You in His Hand (John 10:19–30): If someone is going to get you, they need to go through Him first! He is the ultimate bodyguard; no one can snatch His sheep out of His hand. No wolf, no lion, no thief, or robber. His hand is the safest place we can ever find ourselves in.

Quote to Remember: Jesus is the only shepherd who knows what it is like to be a sheep because He is the lamb that was slain.—Pastor Doug Sauder


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This Wednesday, our study of David's life will bring us to 2 Samuel 5. This is a jam-packed chapter in which David is finally crowned king, but also faces some personal and military battles. Through it all, God is still faithful, both for David and for you! See you on Wednesday!

This weekend, we’ll continue “The King and His Cross” with a study of John 10:31–11:57. In this message, Pastor Duane Roberts from our Boynton Beach campus will explore the plot to kill Jesus, the death of Lazarus, and the powerful “I am” statement: “I am the resurrection and the life.”

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.