There are many voices today competing for our attention; they are all trying to convince us that what they say is significant for our lives. Who should we listen to? How do we know what messages are good and true?
In John 10, Jesus says, “I am the gate.” Explore with us how Jesus, the Gate, protects us from harmful influence and helps us discern who to listen to.
Sermon Study Questions: John 10
Jesus identifies several traits of a good shepherd leader: provides nourishment, provides safety, and demonstrates sacrificial love. What does this look like:
- a. at St. Paul’s Leaskdale?
b. in your small group?
c. at home?
Is there anything missing?
- In vs 24-26, the Jewish leaders say that Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah. Whereas Jesus says he did tell them and showed them many good works as a sign. Have you ever waited for a ‘sign from God’? Did you receive it? What was it? If you didn’t receive a sign, what conclusion did you draw? What events have been ‘signs in disguise’?
- Jesus quotes Psalm 82 when he says “I have said you are gods.” Read Psalm 82 in your group. What message does Jesus have for false shepherd leaders? What hope does this message give you for the future?
- Jesus finishes his discussion by telling the Jewish leaders, “…even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles….” Do you think miracles continue to happen today? How does Jesus make it possible for us to believe in him today?