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February 21, 2020

Sermon Discussion Questions: The Good Shepherd

Steven Lee

Lead Pastor, North Campus

The following discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on February 23, “The Good Shepherd” (John 10:7–15). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

Outline

  1. Jesus Is the Sheep Gate (John 10:7–10)
  2. Jesus Is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11–15)
  3. Application & Implications

Main Point: By his death, Jesus gathers his sheep to himself by name, gives them abundant life, and guides them as the Good Shepherd.

Discussion Questions

  • What is some of the surrounding context that gives rise to Jesus’ teaching in John 10:7–15? (See John 9.)
  • What are some of the contrasts that Jesus highlights between himself and others? Why?
  • Consider other sheep/shepherd passages in the Bible (e.g., Ezekiel 34, Psalm 23). How do they add texture to our understanding of this passage?
  • What is the significance of Jesus as sheep gate (v. 7–10) and good shepherd (v. 11–15)?

Application Questions

  • In light of John’s purpose in writing (John 20:31), what should we do in response to these truths and with whom might we share this good news?
  • How does the truth of being God’s beloved sheep combat some of the lies we’re tempted to believe about ourselves?
  • How does Jesus as the Good Shepherd elicit in us fresh praise, adoration, and worship for who he is and what he does?
  • As under shepherds, your elders look mainly to the Good Shepherd, and they are likewise sheep. How does that truth help you pray for your elders? How does that help you appreciate their labors but not unduly idolize them?
  • How does the ministry of Jesus as Good Shepherd relate to some of our church-wide conversations about preaching and transition?

Prayer Focus
Praise God for dying for sinners in order to give them entrance into his kingdom. Praise him for being the Good Shepherd who knows, loves, and shepherds his people. Confess your sins of failing to trust him, being blind to his love and care, or putting your trust in other people or things. Thank him for rescue, redemption, and for his present love, care, and protection as our Good Shepherd. Ask God to help you to trust him in all the trials and challenges of life, and ask for open doors to introduce this Good Shepherd to those without the hope of Jesus.

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