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The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd 

A study of the relationship between us as sheep and Jesus, the Good Shepherd. 

John 10; Psalm 23; Ezekiel 34 

Background:                                                

  • Sheep listen to the Good Shepherd
    • John 10:1-6
  • Sheep belong to the Good Shepherd
    • John 10:7-18
  • Sheep must respond to the Good Shepherd
    • John 10:19-21 

Growth Group Questions:         Matters for Deeper Reflection  

Please read all of John 9 and 10. 

  1. John 10:1 begins by Jesus abruptly saying “Truly, truly, I say to you...” which is an emphatic connection with what is being said in the previous chapter of John with the healing of the blind man.   What is Jesus responding to? What does this statement demonstrate about who Jesus is? 
  1. In the illustration, Jesus says there is a difference between the  shepherd and the thief and robber. Who is the thief and robber?  How are we to understand the difference between the thief and the shepherd? 
  1. Why do you think people who were listening didn’t understand what Jesus was saying (verse 6)? 
  1. Jesus claims to be the door for the sheep. What does this mean (that Jesus is the door)? In verse 8 Jesus claims, “All who came before me are thieves and robbers...”  What is Jesus stating here?  Who is Jesus talking about? 
  1. Jesus foretells His death by stating the Good Shepherd lays     down his life. It is the reason the Father loves the Son (verse 17).  What does this demonstrate about the relationship between the Father and the Son? What about the Good Shepherd and the Sheep? 
  1. In verse 14 Jesus says, “I know my own, and my own know me...”  There is a reciprocal relationship of “knowing” between the sheep and the shepherd. How does knowing (that Jesus knows you by name) make you feel about your relationship with Him?  How should you strive to know Him? 
  1. Jesus claims to have authority over even life and death (verse 18).  What does this show about Jesus (that He willingly lays down His life)? What does it ultimately show (that Jesus rose from the dead and proves this to be true)? 
  1. Like at the end of the periscope, light shines back on the crowd and there was division among them because they were arguing about what Jesus was saying. We also must wrestle with what Jesus says. Are you listening to the Good Shepherd? Are you following the Good Shepherd? Can you say that the Good Shepherd knows you and you know Him? How will you respond to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Good Shepherd?
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