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Shepherd School Season Two (WORD/GOSPEL)

training men to shepherd in the home, group, and church

WHY ARE WE DOING SHEPHERD SCHOOL? 2 Timothy 4:1-6

August 9, 2021 • Brett Baggett • 2 Timothy 2:1–6, 2 Timothy

Why are we doing Shepherd School? I. So that you would be strengthened by grace (v. 1) 2 Timothy 2:1 “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” II. So that you would be taught the truth (v. 2a) 2 Timothy 2:2a “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men,” III. So that you would be equipped to teach others (v. 2b) 2 Timothy 2:2b “who will be able to teach others also. IV. So that you would be a good soldier of Jesus Christ (v. 3) 2 Timothy 2:3 “Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” V. So that you would please your King (v. 4) 2 Timothy 2:4 “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” VI. So that you would live your life according to the the rules and so be rewarded (v. 5) 2 Timothy 2:5 “An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” VII. So that you would exhaust yourselves in planting and watering, and therefore most enjoy the fruit that God grows (v. 6) 2 Timothy 2:6 “It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.”

THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES: 1 Thessalonians 2:13

August 16, 2021 • Brett Baggett • 1 Thessalonians 2:13

I. THE SCRIPTURES COME THROUGH MEN (v. 13a) 1 Thessalonians 2:13a “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us,” II. THE SCRIPTURES COME FROM GOD (v. 13b) 1 Thessalonians 2:13b “you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God,” III. THE SCRIPTURES WORK IN BELIEVERS (v. 13c) 1 Thessalonians 2:13c “which is at work in you believers.” IV. HOW THE WORD IS TO BE READ AND HEARD PREACHED Thomas Watson (1620-1686), in his book The Ten Commandments, has a sermon that seeks to answer the question, How is the word of God made effectual for salvation (justification and sanctification)? His answer is I) by reading the Word, and II) by hearing the Word preached. How the word of God may be read so as to be effectually working in us who believe: (1) That we may so read the Word that it may conduce effectually to our salvation, let us have a reverend esteem of every part of Scripture. (2) If we would have the written Word effectual to our souls, let us peruse it with "intenseness of mind." (3) If we would have the written Word effectual, we must bring faith to the reading of it; believe it to be the Word of the eternal Jehovah. (4) If we would have the written Word effectual to salvation, we must delight in it as our spiritual cordial (i.e. pleasant tasting medicine). (5) If we would have the Scripture effectual and saving, we must be sure, when we have read the Word, to hide it in our hearts. (6) If we would have the written Word effectual, let us labor not only to have the light of it in our heads—but its power in our hearts! (7) When we read the holy Scriptures—let us look up to God for a blessing. How the word of God preached may be heard so as to be effectually working in us who believe: 
(1) If you would have the Word preached effectual, give great attention to the Word preached. (2) If you would have the Word preached effectual, come with a holy appetite to the Word. (3) If you would have the preaching of the Word effectual, come to it with tenderness upon your heart. (4) If you would have the Word effectual, receive it with meekness. (5) If you would have the Word effectual, mingle the Word preached with faith. (6) If you would have the preaching of the Word effectual, be not only attentive in hearing—but retentive after hearing. (7) If you would have the preaching of the Word effectual, reduce your hearing to practice. (8) If you would have the Word effectual, beg of God that he will accompany his Word with his presence and blessing. (9) If you would have the Word effectual, if you would have the Word work effectually to your salvation, make it familiar to you.

THE NECESSITY OF THE SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 8:19-20

August 26, 2021 • Brett Baggett • Isaiah 8:19–20

BIG IDEA The necessity of the Scriptures for salvation, and the tragedy of those who neglect it. I. YOU WILL BE TEMPTED BY THE FAITHLESS TO NEGLECT THE SCRIPTURES (v. 19a) II. YOU WILL BE TEMPTED TO LOOK OUTSIDE OF THE SCRIPTURES FOR SAVING TRUTH (v. 19b) I) Experiences and Feelings cannot reveal to you the truth that saves! (Jeremiah 17:9) II) Worldly wisdom cannot reveal to you the truth that saves! (1 Corinthians 1:20-21) III) Creation cannot reveal to you the truth that saves! (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:19-20) III. YOU MUST LOOK TO GOD HIMSELF FOR SAVING TRUTH (v. 19c) IV. YOU MUST LOOK TO THE SCRIPTURES TO HEAR FROM GOD (v. 20a) V. IF YOU WILL NOT SPEAK ACCORDING TO THE SAVING TRUTH REVEALED ONLY IN THE SCRIPTURES, IT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO HELL (v. 20b) Therefore the Scriptures are more necessary for the soul than food and water are for the body.

HOW TO OUTLINE A SERMON: Psalm 19:7-11

September 6, 2021 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 19:7–11

THE SUFFICIENCY OF THE SCRIPTURES: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

September 13, 2021 • Brett Baggett • 2 Timothy 3:16–17

HOW TO OUTLINE A SERMON: Ephesians 2:8-9

September 20, 2021 • Brett Baggett • Ephesians 2:8–9

JOY AND PEACE IN CHRIST: Isaiah 55:12

October 4, 2021 • Brett Baggett • Isaiah 55:12

GROWTH AND PERSEVERANCE IN CHRIST: Jude 20-25

October 11, 2021 • Brett Baggett • Jude 20–25

WHY DEATH IS GAIN FOR A BELIEVER: Philippians 1:21

October 18, 2021 • Brett Baggett • Philippians 1:21

I. FOR THE BELIEVER, LIFE IS CHRIST AND DEATH IS GAIN (v. 21) Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” II. WHY IS THE DEATH OF A BELIEVER GAIN? (v. 21) Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” I) CONSIDER, BROTHERS, WHAT FREEDOM YOU WILL HAVE FROM SIN AFTER DEATH (selected) (I) After death, you will become free from any stain of sin (Ephesians 5:27) Ephesians 5:27 “[Christ died to] present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” (II) After death, you will be free from the indwelling of sin (Romans 7:23-24) Romans 7:23-24 “23 sin. . .dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (III) After death, you will be free from any temptation to sin (James 1:14) James 1:14 “Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own [lusts].” (IV) After death, you will be free from any commission of sin (Revelation 21:27) 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ”Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely,” (V) After death you will be free from the possibility of sin (Revelation 3:12) - Revelation 3:12 “The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it. . .” (VI) After death, you will be free from the presence of sin (Revelation 21:27) Revelation 21:27 “But nothing unclean will ever enter [that Holy City], nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” II) CONSIDER ALSO, BROTHERS, WHAT UNITY YOU WILL HAVE WITH HOLINESS AFTER YOUR DEATH (selected) (I) After death your souls will be made perfect (Hebrews 12:23) Hebrews 12:23 “the spirits of the righteous made perfect” (II) After death you will walk in perfect holiness (Isaiah 35:8) Isaiah 35:8 “And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.” III) CONSIDER ALSO THE HEAVENLY CITY AND THOSE WHO DWELL THERE, ALL OF WHICH YOU WILL ENJOY AFTER DEATH (selected) (I) After death you will go to live in Christ’s Father’s house (John 14:2) John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (II) After death you will go to live in the sunlessly bright city which has the tree of life, the Lamb as its lamp; in this city we will worship God in the unadulterated splendor of holiness (Revelation 21:22-23) Revelation 21:23 “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” Revelation 22:2-3 “...on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.” (III) After death you will be surrounded by the elect angels and other saints made perfect (Hebrews 12:22-23) Hebrews 12:22-23 “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, [23] and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,” (IV) After death you will be reunited to your loved ones who died in Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14; 2 Samuel 12:23) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 “13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” 2 Samuel 12:23 “Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” IV) CONSIDER, BROTHERS, THE SHINING FACE OF CHRIST WHICH YOU WILL SEE AFTER YOUR DEATH (selected) (I) The day you die you shall be with Christ in paradise (Luke 23:43) Luke 23:43 “[Jesus] said to [the thief on the cross], ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.’” (II) After death you shall see Jesus face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12) 1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.” Revelation 22:4 “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 “We will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” V) CONSIDER, BROTHERS, THE REST THAT YOU WILL HAVE AFTER DEATH Revelation 4:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’” Hebrews 4:9 “There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God”

HOW WE MUST AND MUST NOT PREACH THE GOSPEL: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

October 25, 2021 • Brett Baggett • 2 Corinthians 4:1–6

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 "1 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." I. AS YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL, YOU WILL NOT LOSE HEART IF YOU KEEP THE EYES OF OUR HEART FIRMLY FIXED ON JESUS (v. 1) II. AS YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL, YOU MUST NOT PRACTICE DISGRACEFUL, UNDERHANDED WAYS (v. 2a) III. AS YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL, YOU MUST REFUSE TO PRACTICE CUNNING (v. 2b) IV. AS YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL, YOU MUST REFUSE TO TAMPER WITH GOD’S WORD (v. 2c) V. AS YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL, YOU MUST OPENLY STATE THE TRUTH (v. 2d) VI. AS YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL, REMEMBER THAT EVERYONE IN THEIR NATURAL STATE IS SPIRITUALLY BLIND (vv. 3-4) VII. AS YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL, YOU MUST PREACH CHRIST AND NOT YOURSELF (v. 5) VIII. AS YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL, REMEMBER THAT IF ANYONE IS SAVED OR SANCTIFIED, IT IS BECAUSE GOD HAS SHINED LIGHT IN THEIR DARKNESS (v. 6) IX. AS YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL, YOU MUST PREACH FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE (v. 6)

THE KING COMMANDS YOU TO PREACH THE WORD: 2 Timothy 4:1-5

November 7, 2021 • Brett Baggett • 2 Timothy 4:1–5

INTRODUCTION In Christ, you and I must stand firm on the Scriptures because they are perfectly sufficient to be used by God the Holy Spirit to justify, sanctify, and equip for the glory of God. Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17. But what must you and I do with these perfectly sufficient Scriptures? That is exactly the question God answers through the Apostle Paul in the following verses. And the answer is this: BIG IDEA We must preach the Word of God because the King commands it, and we must preach it how the King commands it. OUTLINE I. You and I must preach the Word because the King commands it (v. 1) 2 Timothy 4:1 “I charge you in the presence of God and of (even) Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:” II. You and I must preach the Word, nothing less and nothing more (v. 2a) 2 Timothy 4:2a “preach the word” I) You and I must preach all of the Word—“the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27); not worldly wisdom Isaiah 58:1 “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression.” Proverbs 30:6 "Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.” II) You and I must preach the the Hero of the Word As Paul says, “[Christ] we proclaim and not ourselves” (2 Cor. 4:5) and “All the promises of God find their ‘yes’ in [Jesus]” (2 Cor. 1:20). III) You and I must preach the sacrificial work of the Hero! As the beloved Apostle says in 1 Corinthians 1, “We preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor 1:23) and “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor 2:2). III. You and I must be ready to preach the Word at a moments notice (v. 2b) 2 Timothy 4:2b “be ready in season and out of season” IV. You and I must preach the Word by reproving, rebuking, and exhorting (v. 2c) 2 Timothy 4:2c “reprove, rebuke, and exhort” V. You and I must preach the Word with complete patience and teaching (v. 2d) 2 Timothy 4:2d “with complete patience and teaching (doctrine).” VI. You and I must preach the Word, not what people want to hear (vv. 3-4) 2 Timothy 4:3-4 “3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” VII. You and I must preach the Word with a sober mind (v. 5a) 2 Timothy 4:5a “As for you, always be sober-minded,” VIII. You and I must preach the Word, expecting and enduring suffering (v. 5b) 2 Timothy 4:5b “endure suffering” IX. You and I must preach the Word as evangelists (v. 5c) 2 Timothy 4:5c “do the work of an evangelist.” X. You and I must preach the Word because it is our duty (v. 5d) 2 Timothy 4:5d “fulfill your ministry.”

WHY DO ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD? Romans 8:29-30

November 15, 2021 • Brett Baggett • Romans 8:29–30

INTRODUCTION Romans 8:28 is a skyscraper; Romans 8:29-30 is the foundation that enables it to stand firm. If Romans 8:29-30 is not true, neither is Romans 8:28! But since Romans 8:29-30 is true, we cam rest comfortably in any trial or temptation on Romans 8:28. Thomas Watson said Romans 8:28 is a Divine Cordial! He is right. But this Divine Cordial in Romans 8:28 is held in the bottle of Romans 8:29-30. Without sovereign grace, the Divine Cordial spills to the ground and never makes it to our lips. BIG IDEA God will work all things together for good for His people because of His foreloving, predestinating, calling, justifying, and glorifying grace; All things work together for good for God’s elect because of His good golden chain of redemption. OUTLINE I. All things work together for good for God’s people because HE FORELOVED THEM (v. 29a) Romans 8:29a “For those whom he foreknew” II. All things work together for good for God’s people because THOSE WHOM GOD FORELOVED HE ALSO PREDESTINED TO BE LIKE CHRIST (v. 29b) Romans 8:29b “he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” III. All things work together for good for God’s people because THOSE WHOM GOD PREDESTINED HE ALSO CALLED (v. 30a) Romans 8:30a “And those whom he predestined he also called,” IV. All things work together for good for God’s people because THOSE WHOM GOD CALLED HE ALSO JUSTIFIED (v. 30b) Romans 8:30b “and those whom he called he also justified,” V. All things work together for good for God’s people because THOSE WHOM GOD JUSTIFIED HE ALSO GLORIFIED (v. 30c) Romans 8:30c “and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

CHRIST DIED FOR HIS SHEEP: John 10:11

November 15, 2021 • Brett Baggett • John 10:11

I. CHRIST IS GOOD (v. 11a) II. CHRIST IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD (v. 11b) III. CHRIST IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD WHO LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE (v. 11b) IV. CHRIST IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD WHO LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS SHEEP IN PARTICULAR (v. 11c) John 10:25-26 “25 Jesus answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep.’” The angel told Joseph in Matthew 1:21
 “[Mary] will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Paul tells the saints in Ephesus in Ephesians 5:25,
 “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Paul tells the elders of Ephesus in Acts 20:28,
 “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” APPLICATION I. When it comes to definite atonement, the comfort of the saints is at stake. I) If you are in Christ, Jesus actually propitiated His Father’s wrath for you on the cross. Hebrews 2:17 
“[Christ] had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” II) If you are in Christ, Jesus actually paid your ransom on the cross and that is why God personally redeemed you. This is why in Revelation 5:9-10,
“They sang a new song, saying,
‘Worthy are you to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
    from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
    and they shall reign on the earth.’” II. When it comes to definite atonement, the glory of Christ is at stake. We try to rob Christ of His glory when we turn His death on the cross into a meer possibility of salvation. The cross does not make salvation possible; rather it is the accomplishment of the salvation of Christ’s particular people. CONCLUSION How do you respond to this message of Christ’s definite atonement? Do you respond to this like the unbelieving Jews of Jesus’ day? John 10:19-20 
“There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” or Do you respond like the believing Paul? Galatians 2:20
 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”