Sermon: “The Good Shepherd”
Scripture: John 10: 11-18
Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler
Scripture and questions for study and reflection:
Read John 10:11-18.
1. What does it mean for Jesus to be the Good Shepherd? What is the role of a shepherd?
2. If Jesus is the Good Shepherd, then we are his sheep. What does it mean to be his sheep?
3. What did Jesus mean when he said, “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also.”?
4. What do you think Jesus is talking about when he says, “They will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”?
5. Jesus says, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father...” What does this say about the relationship Jesus desires to have with us and how important that relationship is?
6. Pastor Mick said we need to “admit, submit and commit.” In other words, we need to admit we are Jesus’ sheep, submit to Jesus’ authority as the Good Shepherd, and commit to living and loving like Jesus. Do you agree with this? What might a life like this look like? How are you doing in living like this?
7. In John 15:12 Jesus says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”? What does loving one another as Jesus loved you look like in practice?
Prayer for the Week:
Lord, you are the Good Shepherd and we are your sheep. Forgive us for the times that we have denied our own “sheepness.” Forgive us for the times we have denied the sheep in other pens. Forgive us the times we have failed to admit who you truly are to us, submit to your authority, and commit to following you whole-heartedly. Help us to do better. Transform us more into your image, through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we can truly love one another as you have loved us. We thank you. We love you. We glorify you. And we pray all of this in your strong and holy name, Lord Jesus. Amen.