John 10:22-30 The Shepherd And His Sheep

Welcome those in the group, and express your excitement that they are there. Share with them that the purpose of the group is to help people discover more about God and how He relates to their lives. Explain that anyone is welcome, and if they have other friends that they would like to invite to join, they are always welcome.

Care

Begin the session by asking:

· What are you thankful for this week?

· What are you struggling with and how can we help?

Spend time praying for their concerns

Accountability

Explain: Each time we meet we will be learning from a story in the Bible. The most important thing will be how we apply what we learn. Each week when we meet we will begin by asking two questions: “How did you apply the lesson from last week?” And, “Who did you share the story with, and what was their response?”

At the end of this session, you will be asked to share your personal application, and also tell us who you will share the story with. Next week we will check and see how it went.

Story: John 10:22-30

Relate the Purpose: Assurance of Salvation – to know that we have a permanent relationship with God

Relate the Background: Earlier in this chapter Jesus was teaching that he is the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep (verse 11). He also said, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me,”and “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” However, there are a number of the Jewish religious leaders who don’t believe in him, and keep testing him. That is where our story begins.

Read the Story: Either the facilitator or members of the group can read. Read it once with Bibles open with the members following along, and once with Bibles closed.

John 10:22-30

22 That winter, Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Temple Festival. 23 One day he was walking in that part of the temple known as Solomon’s Porch,[a] 24 and the people gathered all around him. They said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly!”

25 Jesus answered:

I have told you, and you refused to believe me. The things I do by my Father’s authority show who I am. 26 But since you are not my sheep, you don’t believe me.27 My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow me, 28 and I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost. No one can snatch them out of my hand.29 My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others.[b] No one can snatch them from his hands, 30 and I am one with the Father.

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Retell the Story: Have a group member retell the story in their own words. If they miss parts or misunderstand, ask the rest of the group to help them, or fill in what they have forgotten.

Ask Questions for discussion and clarification: These are sample questions you might use for this story. Also use your own. Let their answers to your questions do the teaching.

Application

Explain that at the end of each lesson each participant will make a personal application of what they learned that they will do the coming week. The application should be stated in the form, “I will _____________”

Some possible “I will”statements:

· This week I will thank Him every day in prayer that He has given me eternal life.

· Tomorrow I will tell my sister about my decision to follow Jesus so she can also have eternal life.

· This week I will read a chapter from the Book of John every day so I can hear Jesus’ voice better.

What is your “I will _______________”for this lesson?

Explain that at the end of each lesson each participant will also commit to share the story with someone.

Who will you share this story with?

Summarize the Session: (Relate to the Purpose)

On the cross, Jesus, the good shepherd, laid down his life as a sacrifice for your sins. When you put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you became one of his sheep and began to follow him. He wants you to know that you have eternal life and you will never perish. You are in his hand and in the Father’s hand, and no one, including Satan himself, can snatch you out of their hands. Do you know you have received Jesus into your life? Do you know for certain that you have eternal life? If not, see me after this session. Now let us make sure we follow our Good Shepherd.

Close in Prayer

In your prayer thank God for our Good Shepherd, for His death, for eternal life, and for security in His hands.

Set the time and place for the next meeting, and remind them to feel free to invite others to join the group.