The Shepherd and His Flock - John 10:1-21 Feb 24th
1 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” 6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. 17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it oluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” 19 When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him. 20 Some said, “He’s demon possessed and out of his mind. Why listen to a man like that?” 21 Others said, “This doesn’t sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
+ Who did Jesus say was a thief and a robber? (10:1)
+ What kind of relationship do sheep have with their shepherd? (10:2-4)
+ Why won’t sheep follow a stranger? (10:5)
+ What effect did Jesus’ words have on His audience? (10:6)
+ What did Jesus say He was? (10:7)
+ To whom did Jesus say the sheep did not listen? (10:8)
+ What did Jesus say would be the result of entering through Him? (10:9)
+ How did Jesus contrast His coming with the coming of a thief? (10:10)
+ Who did Jesus claim to be? (10:11)
+ Why did Jesus say the hired hand would abandon his sheep? (10:12-13)
+ What type of relationship did Jesus say He had with His sheep? (10:14)
+ What did Jesus say He did for His sheep? (10:15)
+ What did Jesus say He had? (10:16)
+ Why did Jesus say the Father loved Him? (10:17-18)
+ What effect did Jesus’ words have on the Jews who heard Him speak? (10:19-21)
+ In what way is Jesus like a gate?
+ How has Jesus been a gate in your life?
+ In what way is Jesus like a shepherd?
+ How are we like sheep?
+ In what way is Jesus your shepherd?
Traits of an Awesome Caregiver
Traits of an awesome caregiver will include being patient, flexible, loving, caring and involved. Experience is imperative but great caregivers are passionate about serving and caring for others. Caregiving is rewarding but it can be overwhelming and sacrificing. Best caregivers are proactive; they plan ahead and understand that things can change. Best caregivers, especially family caregivers should care for themselves to avoid and minimize stress ad burnout which is so common especially with sandwich generation caregivers (those caring for aging parents and young children.) Best caregivers should involve other members of the family and should not feel guilty for accepting help.
+ How would you describe your relationship with Jesus?
+ How can we better hear the voice of Jesus?
+ What tempts people to follow a stranger? Why?
+ How has Jesus made your life full?
How can you develop a more intimate relationship with Jesus this week?