ALL-CHURCH FOCUS 2018 DEVOTIONAL

September 8th, Day #21 - John 10:1-42

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“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

John 10:10b

 

How would you describe “The Good Life”? 


Do you think Jesus’ definition would be the same as ours? Why? Or why not? 


What about Jesus’ claim intrigues you? Tell Him about it.

 

game on

Read John 10:1-42

 

Have you ever noticed that you are more sensitive to the voices of your loved ones than the voices of people you don’t know? In psychology, the ability to pick out a particular sound and block out other noises is known as the cocktail party effect. This is how parents can pick out their own child’s “Mom!” or “Dad!” from the cries of other children. It explains why you snap to attention when somebody says your name, even in the middle of a loud party.

 

What would it be like if we paid particular attention to Jesus’ voice? Jesus states that he calls His sheep “by name” (John 10:3) and walks ahead of His sheep, showing the way. He knows His sheep, and His sheep know His voice and dutifully follow (John 10:4, 27).

 

There is a lot of noise going on in our day-to-day lives. You listen to lots of voices – your boss, family, celebrities, coworkers, etc. We can only hear what Jesus is telling us when we take time to get familiar with the sound of His voice.

 

Take some time to listen clearly to Him today in the Bible.

your move

Let’s look to what God wants to say directly to you today through John 10:1-42

 

Scripture: What verse or phrases do you find yourself re-reading? Why is that?

 

Observation: List the promises from the Good Shepherd to His sheep.  

 

Application: What helps you hear the voice of Jesus, The Good Shepherd, in your daily life? When is it hardest to hear the Good Shepherd? What promises from the passage did you need to be reminded of today? Why is that?

 

Prayer: Spend some time talking to the Good Shepherd. Allow Him to call you, protect you, correct you, provide for you, love you.

bonus round

How do you experience Jesus as your "Shepherd?" Watch this video, a fresh rendition of a classic hymn, paying attention to the lyrics. 


Video


What feelings and thoughts does this song evoke for you? Let this song ruminate in your head today as you ponder how Jesus is your Shepherd! 

post-game review

It’s basically half time in this study. This is a good time to evaluate and re-calibrate for the rest of the game. So, let’s take a step back and prayerfully reflect how God has been speaking over the last few weeks. This week we focused on the transition from being Curious about Jesus to being Convinced that He is who He says He is. With that transition in mind, prayerfully reflect on last week – as well as the previous weeks.

 

Did any themes emerge this week in your devotional time? 

 

How does what God is challenging you with this week connect to what He was saying the first two weeks of the study?

 

Do you know of any practical steps you can make to move the direction God seems to be directing you?

how do i get in the game?

This week we’ve looked at the transition from the Curious to the Convinced. Here are some ways you can make this transition, or help others do the same.

  • Learn what it means to have a relationship with Jesus.
  • Get in a Life Group and spend time with Christians to see how their faith is lived out.
  • Join our “Welcome to the Family” course to learn what it means to be convinced that Jesus is our Rescuer and Master.
  • Read literature or watch videos that share how the Christian story fits together if you want to see how convincing it is. Contact a pastor if you’re looking for good resources.
  • If you are already convinced, share some of these resources with friends or family who are not.
  • Pray for the people God has been putting on your heart throughout this study!