Mar 3, 2013 ()

Bible Text: John 10:11-18  |  

Series:

Readings: Exodus 3:1-15; I Corinthians 10:1-13; John 10:11-18

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”—John 10:11

Small Group Questions

WARM UP

  1. Are there areas of your life which make you feel vulnerable to talk about…areas with which, if you are honest, you could use some good shepherding?

DIGGING DEEPER

  1. In John 10:1–21 Jesus compares himself to the good shepherd…and us to sheep! In so doing he was evoking Old Testament promises well known to his audience.
  2. In Ezekiel 34:11–16 God made a promise to his people who had been subjected to bad shepherding. What, generally, was that promise?
  3. How, specifically, will God fulfill this promise according to Ezekiel 34:23–24 and Jeremiah 23:5-6?
  4. Based on these Old Testament Scriptures, what are at least two things Jesus was inferring that the crowd would have understood when he declared, “I am the good shepherd”(10:11)?

APPLICATION

  1. What might “good shepherding” look like in your life today? And how might you go about finding it (or being it for others)?