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The Infancy Of A Sheep (2 of 6)
Series: Sheepology 101
John Chapter 17
Intro: In this message, we must first declare that the survival of an eternally, blood washed, born again soul is not even in question. What we will address, is the survival of a child of God in relation to function and service. The church of today is loosing too many infant sheep, which is due partly to our ignorance, and partly to our indifference. We absolutely must return to the sheep raising concerns of our forefathers. This message will address how the church and Christians should mother new born lambs and give our all to their total survival.
I. Survival Must Come First
We will now discuss and examine the three steps that absolutely must be functioning fully in order for a lamb to survive. First, we see the:
A) Kinship (vs 2 "as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him")
A relative definition of the word "kinship" is "a link that places a person between their forefathers and present members of their family". This simply makes that person a channel through which communication expresses itself with both past and present. This is a vital element in the survival of a new born lamb. The lamb's nature has been gened into him before birth and now the lamb has been granted all rights as a member of the family of God.
B) Lordship (verse 3 "and this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent"). Just as the fetus lamb is connected and dependent upon the mother sheep through the umbilical cord, and the convicted sinner is dependent upon the Word of God, so it remains a helpless dependence for each one. The newborn lamb has been birthed into a new and unknown world and it's total survival now depends on it's adaptation to this new environment. The new born child of God is also now unlearned and totally dependent upon God, who h ...
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