It is Monday, April 1, 2019.  In our journey through John together, we continue to see Jesus patiently pour His wisdom and His truth into those who surround Him.  Through each parable, Jesus points his listeners to belief in God the Father through Him, the Son. In this passage, Jesus asks each of us, “In whom (or in what) do you trust?”  Ultimately who you trust, you will follow. In whom are you placing your trust in today? Is it yourself? Your spouse? Your bank account? Your youth? Your wisdom? Or is it in your Jesus, the Good Shepherd?  Whose voice are you listening to each day? Who is guiding your steps? Today, Jesus is calling you and I to listen to His voice and follow Him exclusively. Kim

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 10:1-21 ]
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

_ What two words begin this section of Scripture?  Who is speaking? Why might he begin this way? Vs 1
_ What extended metaphor is used in this passage?  Where has this metaphor been used before? List and discuss some Old Testament examples.
_ To whom is Jesus referring to in verse 1?
_ Who is the shepherd in verse 2?  How does He enter the sheepfold?
_ Who opens the gate? For whom? Who else is allowed through the now open gate? Verse 3
_ Who leads the way?  Verse 4
_ How do the sheep discern who to follow?  Who not to follow? Verse 4-5

6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

_ What does Scripture say about how the people responded to Jesus’s teaching? Verse 6
_ What does Jesus say he “is” in verses 7-9?
_ Why might he use this metaphor? Think about everyday uses of this everyday object.
_ What happens when one “enters by me” in verse 9?  
_ Jesus describes two options for the sheep in the sheepfold in verses 7-10.  Describe each one.

11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.

_ What kind of leadership do we see from Jesus, The Good Shepherd?  Verse 11, 14-16
_ What kind of “leadership” do we see from the thief?  Verses 10-13
_ What are some of the roles of the shepherd? Verses 14-17

18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” 19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
_ From whom does the shepherd receive his guidance? Verse 18
_ What encouragement do you find from Jesus in this passage?  Warninings? Direction?
_ How will these truths change how you live your life this week?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)