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					                            JOHN 10: 11-18
                            THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – NOVEMBER 30, 2004



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   “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life
for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and
does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the
sheep and runs away – and the wolf snatches them and scatters
them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does
not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my
own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I
know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have
other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them
also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock,
one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I
lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18 No one takes it
from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay
it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this
command from my Father.”



Background
Writer:          John, apostle of Jesus and probably Jesus’ cousin. Son of Salome, probably
                 Mary’s sister.
Date:            About 90-95 AD. Probably the last Gospel to be written, “filling in the gaps” of
                 the other 3 gospels.
What’s Going On: Jesus has just healed a blind man on the Sabbath, drawing the ire of
         the Pharisees, who question that he is the messiah. They say that they
         believe God spoke to Moses, but not that Jesus is God’s son. Jesus very
         clearly challenges their belief, proclaims that he is the messiah, and performs
         some miracles to prove it. Just before this passage he states that there is
         only one way to redemption, and that is through him. In this passage, he
         speaks to a group of Pharisees.




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St. Matthews Emmaus Groups
Shared Bibilcal Equipping – Fall 2003




JOHN 10: 11-18
THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – NOVEMBER 30, 2004


SPIRITUAL GIFT OF THE WEEK: SHEPHERDING

Explore
     1.          What the heck does Jesus mean by this allegory? What is he
                 trying to get the Pharisees to understand?
     2.          What does the wolf represent?
     3.          What does verse 18 mean? What is Jesus predicting?

Connect
     1.          Which best describes you: the shepherd, the sheep, or the hired
                 hand?
     2.          What are the wolves in our lives? How do we react to them?
     3.          How can we be more like the shepherd in our daily lives?


Resources
General:      http://www.textweek.com/scripture.htm
Commentaries: http://www.studylight.org/com/
Bible Verses: http://www.biblegateway.com/




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