We encourage you to take the time to work through this personal study guide before we gather together for women's meeting.
These questions and study tips will help you to look into the Scriptures and study John 10:11-18 on your own before we discuss together and are taught from this text on Tuesday.
Women's meeting will be held Tuesday May 21st at 7pm
Childcare available upon request. Please message Providence on social media or contact Lauren Schreiber (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will be needing childcare.
Read John 10: 11-18
Who is Jesus talking to? You may need to hop back to Chapter 9 to read what has just happened before this text.
On a sheet of paper, draw two columns. Put the word 'Shepherd' as the header of one, and 'sheep' as the header of the other. Read through the text again, and this time write down everything you see about the shepherd in the 'Shepherd' column, and everything you read about sheep in the 'sheep' column.
Read Jeremiah 23:1-4 and Ezekiel 34:1-24. What/who is being juxtaposed against the "good shepherd"?
John 10:11-18 English Standard Version (ESV)
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing 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 And I have other sheep that are not of 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 that I may 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 I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”