Break the Ice.
- If you woke up tomorrow morning in the year 1818, what modern advantage would you miss the most?
Bring the Word.
Shepherds were common in Jesus’ day. They weren’t the most popular in society, but they had two very important roles: lead sheep and protect sheep. That’s it. Nothing fancy. A good shepherd would lead sheep where they needed to go, and would protect the sheep from any outside harm. For those two reasons, it’s not surprising Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd.”
Jesus Leads His Sheep.
Read John 10:1-5
- What’s the difference between a thief and a true shepherd?
- What’s the significance of the shepherd knowing each sheep by name?
- What’s the difference between leading sheep and herding cattle? Which one does Jesus do?
- What are some characteristic traits of a shepherd who leads his sheep?
- How can we as Christ-followers able to distinguish His voice from the enemies voice?
Jesus Protects His Sheep.
Read John 10:6-15
Jesus used another picture from sheep farming in His time. Out in the pasturelands for sheep, pens were made with only one entrance. The door for those sheep pens was the shepherd himself. He laid his body across the entrance, to keep the sheep in and to keep out the wolves. The shepherd was in fact the door.
- What does Jesus mean when He says, “I am the door?”
- What benefits are there for entering through the door.
- How did Jesus lay down His life for His sheep?
- What are some things Jesus is protecting us from?
Bring it Home.
- Action Questions:
- In what ways is Jesus currently leading you?
- In what ways is Jesus currently protecting you?
- How can we pray for you?
Read John 6 before next week!