What are Sheep?

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This lesson is part of the series on "Church Leadership." In particular, this lessons goes through a brief description of the term "sheep" as applied to followers of God.

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What are Sheep?

  1. 1. What are Sheep?<br />Part of the Church Leadership Series<br />
  2. 2. Uses for Sheep?<br />Sheep were cleaned and used for food (Deuteronomy 14.4; see also 1 Samuel 25.18; 1 Kings 1.19, Nehemiah 5.18).<br />Milk was obtained from sheep for food (Deuteronomy 32.14; 1 Corinthians 9.7).<br />
  3. 3. Uses for Sheep?<br />Sheep skins were worn as clothing (Hebrews 11.37).<br />Sheep skins were used as a covering for the tabernacle (Exodus 25.5; 36.10; 39.34)<br />Sheep’s wool was made into clothing (Job 31.20).<br />
  4. 4. What are Sheep?<br />The Jewish people were referred to as sheep (Psalm 74.1).<br />Lost people are figuratively called sheep (Matthew 9.36).<br />Followers of Christ are called sheep (John 10.1-16).<br />Members of the church are called sheep (Acts 20.28).<br />
  5. 5. What are Spiritual Sheep?<br />The word sheep makes a spiritual transition to take the meaning of the people seeking the presence of God: <br />John 10.1-18<br />People wonder from God like sheep from a shepherd (Psalm 119.176; Isaiah 53.6).<br />
  6. 6. Needs of Spiritual Sheep?<br />Today’s sheep need guarded.<br />Acts 20.28<br />False Prophets will appear as simple sheep (Matthew 7.15)<br />
  7. 7. Needs of Spiritual Sheep?<br />Today’s sheep need spiritual shepherds.<br />Jesus instructed Peter to feed the sheep (John 21.15-19)<br />Interesting note: When Jesus asked Peter the first two times, “Do you love me?” the word agape was used. <br />Peter responded with phileoinstead of agape.<br />The last time Jesus asked is Peter loved him and he used the term phileo.<br />
  8. 8. Needs of Spiritual Sheep?<br />Today’s sheep must be found in the flock of God.<br />(Luke 15.3-7, see also, Matthew 18.11-13)<br />The shepherd will separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25.32,33).<br />
  9. 9. Needs of Spiritual Sheep?<br />Today’s sheep need guarded.<br />Today’s sheep need spiritual shepherds.<br />Today’s sheep must be found in the flock of God.<br />Remember 1 Peter 5.1-4!<br />
  10. 10. What are Sheep?<br />Part of the Church Leadership Series<br />

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