LIFEGROUP MEETING GUIDE
HOW JESUS takes care of his sheep
GOD IS GOOD, NO MATTER WHAT! (Psalm 23) series – Part 5
Pastor Mike Prah – Week of June 3, 2018
“The Lord is MY Shepherd, I have everything I need … Your rod and your staff they comfort me” Psalm 23:4c
The shepherd’s rod and the staff are universal symbols of protection and guidance. In this discussion we’ll consider how Jesus describes himself as a Shepherd, and how He cares for us if we choose to trust Him. Please , select a few of the following questions from each section to discuss during your LifeGroup meeting.
1. OPEN YOUR SESSION WITH PRAYER.
2. ICE BREAKER:
Take some time to share what’s going on in your life, testimonies and/or upcoming events. Recognize birthdays and anniversaries.
3. BIBLE DISCUSSION: PICK THE POINTS YOU WANT TO DISCUSS.
SECTION 1: REVIEWING SERMON MESSAGE
(a). What fresh insight did you learn from the sermon?
(b). What character or attributes of God were stated in or implied by the message?
(c). What Bible verse cited in the message stands out to you the most ? Why?
SECTION 2: PERSONALIZING SERMON MESSAGE
(a). What did you hear that encouraged or reassured you?
(b). How did the message increase your appreciation for God or Jesus Christ?
(c). Who can share the positive results of obeying the message or the painful consequences of disregarding its truth?
SECTION 3: ENCOURAGING APPLICATION OF THE SERMON
(a). If we diligently apply the message, what effect would it have on your personal lives and your walk with Christ?
SECTION 4: DIGGING DEEPER
(a). “Your rod and your staff comforts me” Psalm 23:4
– Pastor Mike explained that the “rod” represents power & authority, and the “staff” represents care & compassion. What does these mean to you?
(b). Jesus says: “I came so that my sheep will have life and everything they need. I am the good shepherd! The good shepherd gives His life for his sheep.” John 10:10b-11 (GW)
– According to John 10:10-11, how does Jesus, the Good Shepherd treat His sheep (children)? How does this encourage you?
(c). “(The Good Shepherd) walks ahead of the sheep; and they follow Him, for they recognize His voice.” John 10:4 (LB)
– Why is it important to follow this sequence?
– Describe a situation where you were supposed to follow someone who knew the way or someone who knew how to do something and you went ahead without the guide. What happened?
– What are the benefits of following the Good Shepherd and the consequences of going ahead without the Shepherd’s leading?
(d). “Lord, Your constant love is my guide; your faithfulness always leads me.” Psalm 26:3 (GN)
– God leads us by love, not by laws. What is the difference between the two?
– What would you say to someone who doesn’t want to follow God because they think God is going to give them a set of rules to follow?
(e). Jesus says: “If a man has a hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others and go out to search for the lost one?” Matthew 18:12 (LB)
– According to Matthew 18:12, what will Jesus do when one of His sheep wanders off? How does this verse encourage you?
– Share a situation where you were in a difficult situation and Jesus came to your rescue?
(f). “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never die, and no one can steal them out of my hand. My Father gave my sheep to me. He is greater than all, and no person can steal my sheep out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29 (NCV)
– According to John 10:27-29 what assurances does Jesus give us that when we trust Him to keep us saved, He will save us?
4. PRAYER TIME – PRAYER POINTS
(a). Pray for each LifeGroup member to respond positively to this message and to follow-through in application.
(b). Ask for prayer requests and pray for the individual needs of your group.
(c). Closing Prayer
PLEASE REACH OUT TO ANYONE WHO DID NOT MAKE IT TO YOUR LIFEGROUP MEETING & CHECK ON ANY ONE NEEDING EXTRA LOVE IN YOUR GROUP.
THANKS FOR COMING! PLEASE COME BACK NEXT WEEK & INVITE FRIENDS! GOD BLESS YOU!
HOW JESUS TAKES CARE OF HIS SHEEP
GOD IS GOOD, NO MATTER WHAT! (Psalm 23) series – Part 5
Pastor Mike Prah – June 3, 2018
“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me! Your rod and your staff comfort me. You prepare a banquet for me in front of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, and my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!”
WHAT’S A ROD & A STAFF?
– A ROD is a tool for PROTECTING, which represents POWER & AUTHORITY
– A STAFF is a tool for GUIDING, which represents CARE & COMPASSION
“Jesus is the Great Shepherd of the sheep.” Hebrews 13:20b (NIV)
Jesus: “I came so that my sheep will have life and everything they need. I am the good shepherd! The good shepherd gives His life for His sheep.” John 10:10b-11 (GW)
I. How Does Jesus TAKE CARE OF His Sheep?
1. JESUS SHOWS ME COMPASSION, IF I BRING HIM MY HURTS
“When Jesus saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 (BSB)
“For even I, the Messiah, am not here to be served, but to help others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (LB)
2. JESUS LEADS ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, IF I CHOOSE TO FOLLOW HIM
“[The Good Shepherd] leads me in the right paths for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3b (NRSV)
Jesus: “(The Good Shepherd) walks ahead of the sheep; and they follow Him, for they recognize His voice.” John 10:4 (LB)
“Lord, Your constant love is my guide; your faithfulness always leads me.” Psalm 26:3 (GN)
3. JESUS FINDS & BRINGS ME BACK , IF I GET CONFUSED & WANDER OFF
Jesus: “If a man has a hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others and go out to search for the lost one?” Matthew 18:12 (LB)
Jesus: “I came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10 (NIV)
“I used to wander off until you Lord disciplined me, but now I closely follow your word. You are good, and you only do good, so train me in your principles.” Psalm 119:67-68 (NLT)
“He [Jesus] was being punished for what we did. He was crushed because of our guilt. He took the punishment we deserved, and this brought us peace. We were healed because of His pain.” Isaiah 53:5 (ERV)
4. JESUS RESCUES & RECOVERS ME, IF I FAIL OR FALL
Jesus said, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not rescue it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!” Matthew 12:11-12a (NIV)
“You never need to be afraid of sudden disaster or hidden troubles that ensnare the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep you safe and keep your foot from getting caught in a trap.” Proverbs 3:25-26 (NLT)
5. JESUS KEEPS ME SAVED, IF I TRUST HIM TO SAVE ME
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never die, and no one can steal them out of my hand. My Father gave my sheep to me. He is greater than all, and no person can steal my sheep out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29 (NCV)
“NOTHING can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
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