SG WK3“I AM”, Sept. 18, 2016
Note to leaders: Do not feel that you have to use every question. Pick and choose as the Spirit leads you but don’t skip over the first question in the discussion from the message!
Warm Up: What’s the most unusual doorway you’ve ever been through? Where was it and what was on the other side?
Everyone knows what a gate or a door is. We pass through them everyday and most of the time we do it without thinking. But the truth is that we don’t go through doors. We go through doorways. When the door is open, we go through the doorway. When the door is closed, we don’t. But not every door leads you were you want to go. Every door but One is a dead-end.
When Jesus said that he was the gate of the sheep, he was saying much more than he was a door. He was saying that he was they only door by which a person could enter God’s family. He is not one choice among many. He is the only one.
Text: John 10:1-10
- When the people heard Jesus, what do you think the sheep, shepherd, and the sheepfold represent to them? What about the thieves and robbers?
- How do the sheep respond to the voice of their shepherd? What about the voice of a stranger?
- Did you ever have a favorite pet? How differently did it respond to your voice than that of a stranger?
- How do you discern the voice of God from all the competing voices clamoring for your attention? How important is it to recognize His voice from all the others?
- Why do you think Jesus lost them when he claimed that he was “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved”?
From the Message:
- What spoke to you the most from the message and why? What challenged you the most? Don’t rush by this!
- This morning Pastor Steve said, “Jesus is the door through which people enter the family of God but you’ve got to come out before you can come in.” What did he mean? In what ways do people refuse to come out and still expect to come in?
- This morning Pastor Steve said, “The Door that brought us in also swings open to lead us out.” The life Jesus offers to us cannot be contained within the walls of the church building or your small group. So, why does Jesus lead us out? For what purpose?
- Pastor Steve said, “Jesus is not just the door; Jesus is the doorway.” Nothing enters our lives without having to go through Jesus first. Land Sharks (Sat. Night Live Skit). How does this make you feel knowing that hard stuff as well as good stuff has to go through Jesus before it gets to us?
- This morning Pastor Steve said, “The Door that brought us in is also the door that keeps us in.” Have you ever felt like your salvation was something that could be lost or taken away from you?
Read John 10:27-30: What keeps me in the fold is not my intelligence or my holiness. If it were up to me, I wouldn’t stand much of a chance against an enemy like Satan. But it’s not up to me. It’s up to Jesus. The sheep in the fold belong to Jesus because he gave his life for them and he gave his life to them. And, he’s not giving them back to the butcher to be slaughtered.
The life Jesus offers to us cannot be taken away from us. The sheep in the sheepfold belong to the Good Shepherd. He watches over us while we are in the world and he is watching over us for eternity. He’s given us eternal life and no one can take it away from us.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 (NIV)