Week 1:  John 10:1-18


Life Group Questions

  1. How do you know when the Shepherd is talking to you? How do you recognize it is His voice?
  2. Many of us have quoted John 10:10 to each other. How does the teaching we heard this week deepen your understanding of this verse?
  3. Read through the passage we studied this weekend. What was one take away you have? How did your thinking and/or actions change as a result of it?
  4. Share a tangible way in which your relationship with Jesus has led to a more full life? (John 10:10)
  5. What can you do to better recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd?
  6. Who has God placed in your life that you are committing to pray for?


Sermon Notes and Scripture


“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So, when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep 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 are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”– John 10:1–18    

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:5-6



  1. Because apart from Jesus people listen to the wrong voice.  – John 10:4
  2. Because without Jesus people follow the wrong leader.  – John 10:5
  3. Because without Jesus people won’t know a full life.  – John 10:10
  4. Because without Jesus people can’t know their Heavenly Father.  – John 10:17-1