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The Good Shepherd
Bible Passage: John 10
Story Point: Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for His people.
The Big Picture Question:
What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:25-26
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Questions from Kids
Guide your kid(s) to open their Bibles to John 10. Explain that in John 10, Jesus was teaching in Jerusalem. Point out that many Jewish leaders were listening to Jesus’ teaching. In Bible times, leaders were often referred to as shepherds of the people. When Jesus taught that He is the Good Shepherd, He showed that He is better than any other leader or king. He is our true King. Read aloud John 10:14-15.
Ask the following questions and discuss:
How do you feel knowing that Jesus knows each of His sheep personally—by name?
Invite your kid(s) to share their thoughts. Emphasize that each person is created in the image of God. He knows us each by name. Jesus said that no one can take His sheep from Him. He knows us and cares about us. Read Luke 12:7.
What can you do when you feel lost and God feels far away?
Encourage your kid(s) to consider how lost sheep react. They cannot find their way back on their own, but when they cry out, the shepherd hears and rescues them. We can cry out to God, seeking Him through prayer and His Word. He will bring us back to Himself. Read Ps. 77:1.
How can the way you live point others to Jesus as the Good Shepherd?
Lead your kid(s) to discuss how living sacrificially can give them the opportunity to tell others about the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Remind them that as Jesus’ sheep, believers should seek to listen, to follow, and obey Him. Read 1 Tim. 4:12.
• Bibles • Play-doh or Clay
Read Psalm 23 aloud, one verse at a time. Remind your kid(s) that Psalm 23 is in the Old Testament. King David wrote this psalm, telling of God’s care for His people as a shepherd.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for His people. God sent Him to rescue sinners. Jesus laid down His life for His sheep so they could have forgiveness and eternal life. When we trust in Jesus, we are His sheep who listen to, follow, and obey Him. Provide a lump of clay or play-doh for each of your kid(s). Invite them to sculpt a sheep or a shepherd. As they work, challenge them to identify the differences between a sheep and a shepherd.
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