Our text is Acts 9:19-31.
Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages, based on the I Am statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. This week’s lesson is provided as a video; this link appears just after the Gloria Patri in the service (where it would normally occur in our church service). Click on these links for printable activity pages and a children’s bulletin to accompany this message: Jesus Is My Good Shepherd coloring page, I Am the Good Shepherd coloring page, and Children’s Bulletin.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Psalm 147:1,5,6,11
1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Almighty God, we bow before you as your people, and have come to praise you because you are infinitely worthy of our worship and our praise.
You have redeemed us to the uttermost and put a song in our hearts and given us a desire to worship you. We are also here because where else can we go, O Lord? You have the words of life. You are absolutely sovereign and utterly sufficient.
Father, would you enable us this day, by Holy Spirit to give ourselves to you completely, and worship you in a manner which would glorify you, and also which would minister to our hearts and encourage us in love and obedience to you. Amen.
9 He [Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up
And God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God … You shall have no other gods before me.
Against you, you only, have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight.
You shall not make for yourself an idol… You shall not bow down to them or worship them.
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths will declare your praise.
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.
Honor your father and your mother.
Remember not the sins of our youth and our rebellious ways; according to your love remember us, for you are good, O Lord.
You shall not murder.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts; test us and know our anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in us.
You shall not commit adultery.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
You shall not steal.
Have mercy on us, O God . . . blot out our transgressions.
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Keep us from deceitful ways; be gracious to us through your law.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Turn our hearts toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Save us from all our transgressions.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
Our mouths will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
Almighty God, who will not let us go, we confess that we have been so wrapped up in ourselves that we have not loved you with our whole hearts, and we have not loved our neighbors as we love ourselves. By your grace and through your transforming love, grant us the joy of true repentance. Forgive us we pray, and conform us to the image of your Son; that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: Romans 8:1
Through the instrument of faith, which is the gift of God, we are freely justified by his grace. Because of the finished work of Jesus, all our sins, past, present, and future are forgiven.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
This is the wonderful promise that we have in the gospel.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets; and we believe in one holy catholic† and apostolic church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
†catholic is defined as God’s universal church
I Am the Gate of the Sheep and the Good Shepherd, Part 2 (Click here to link to the video of the Children’s Message) (You may want to take a moment to pray with your child or children for your family, your church family, our country and world.)
1 The earth is the Lord ‘s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. (ESV)
We are merely stewards of all the Lord has given to us—time, spiritual gifts, talents, and resources.
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Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: A Tale of Two Cities (Click here to watch or to listen to the sermon)
I. The gospel boldly proclaimed
II. The gospel boldly proclaimed provokes hostility
III. The gospel boldly proclaimed precipitates growth
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
- What can we learn from Saul’s trials?
- Why is Barnabas an example worth following?
- How can you speak with greater boldness?
- How can Christians have peace even in times of crisis?
Lesson 6: I Am the Gate of the Sheep and the Good Shepherd, Part 2
For the last few weeks we have been learning about the I Am sayings of Jesus recorded in the Bible in the book of John.
We have been learning about who Jesus says he is. When Jesus says, “I am,” he is saying that He is God.
So far, we have learned that he is the Bread of Life, and fills up all our spiritual needs. At Easter, we learned that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. We have also learned that Jesus is the Light of the World, and he lights up our spiritual darkness.
Last week, we learned that Jesus is the gate and we can only enter heaven by faith in Jesus and he will give us eternal life.
Jesus saves us and gives his sheep: direction, protection and correction.
In John 10:11-16, twice, Jesus says that the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus, our good shepherd, sacrifices his life for ours.
We have to go to Jesus, our good shepherd, to be cleansed of our sins. To find our way home. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep because we cannot take care of ourselves.
Jesus knows that if he doesn’t provide for us and protect us, we will die because of our sins.
He came to lead his sheep and teach them and keep them safe and give them everything they need to live a good and healthy life.
In John 10:14 Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,”
Do you know Jesus?
Scripture Passage: from the New International Version (NIV)
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.