April 22nd- April 27th Life Group Notes

Destroying Myths about Jesus

 John 10: 1-11

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Open in Prayer 
  • Welcome/Introductions/Cast Vision – Remind the Life Group of the Guidelines– See bottom of page.

  •  Doing the Mission: Did anyone share Jesus or last week’s passage?  

  • Does anyone have a God story? An undeniable encounter or experience with God that creates an impact or  breakthrough in your day-to-day life. These moments can be extraordinary or very humble, but always  personally powerful. 

  • Opening Question: What myths have you heard or believed about Jesus? How did the truth set you free?

  • Share background for the passage: Jesus has been performing miracles, forgiving sins and healing people. His is confirming for His disciples who He truly is. Here He instructs them as to being the good shepherd.                                                     
  • Thought/Focus: What do the sheep, shepherd, the sheep pen & the stranger represent in this teaching? 
  • Have someone read this week’s passage: John 10: 1-11

Discuss these questions: Go deeper as led. Remember Head, Heart, Hands. 
  1.  Answer the Thought/Focus question above. 
  2.  How do the sheep relate to the shepherd? What does this say about the Pharisees’ difficulty relating to Him? 
 3.  What is the significance of Jesus calling Himself the gate or door?
 4.  If we are to follow our Good Shepherd’s example, what will we do for our sheep?
 5.  How should we do this? How often? For how long? With what heart attitude?
 6.  Why was it important for Jesus to lay down His life? Could our salvation be paid for                 without it?
 7.  Have you heard the Good Shepherd’s voice?
 8.  How do you know it is His voice?
 9.  Do you follow Him wherever He leads?
10.  In what ways is it easy? ...difficult? ...impossible? ...possible?

Next week’s passage/story: John 14:15-27
  • Dismiss in Prayer   

Life Group Guidelines

This needs to be a place where people feel comfortable opening up and sharing with one another. Below are some group guidelines that will help create a safe environment.
CONFIDENTIALITY: What is said in the group  stays in the group.
LISTEN: Let’s value one another during the  discussions by really listening to what is  being shared. Try to avoid thinking about  how you are going to respond or what you  are going to say next.
PAUSE: Allow a pause in conversation after  someone shares. Give the person sharing a  chance to finish and the group the  opportunity to consider what was just  shared before responding.

NO “CROSS TALK”: Be considerate of others  as they are sharing- no side conversations.

NO FIXING: We are not here to fix each  other. Jesus does that part. Speak truth is love, give  
encouragement, empathize,  point to Jesus.  You may share  solutions God has led you through. The  other person should never feel shame or  failure, but rather connection & hope.

NO HIJACKING of shared stories.

NO RESCUING: When people are sharing  something deeply personal, there can be a  tendency to try to make them feel better  about themselves or the situation by  providing immediate condolences. This will  often cause them to stop sharing. Resist the  temptation to rescue people.
SHARING: Be sensitive about the amount of time  you share.
SILENCE: It is important to allow silence in the  group as it provides an opportunity for someone  else to share and for members in the group to  process the topic or question being considered.

BE SELF-AWARE: Be self-aware of how you are  personally affecting the environment through your  words, actions, and non-verbal communication.
“I” STATEMENTS: It’s easy to talk about the issues  of others, but for our purposes, we want you to put  yourself on the table. Try to use “I” statements rather than “them”, "they", "you", “the church”, “us”, “we”, etc.
FIGHT FOR RELATIONSHIP: We will commit to resolve conflict  biblically. When conflict or sin issues arise between  group members, we want to make sure that  we are honoring God and each other in the way we  deal with these issues. We will fight for  relationship.  I will discuss the struggle with the person I am in conflict with first, & if not resolved, seek wise advice. The following are a few key Scriptures  in this regard (there are many others.)
  • If someone sins against you: Mat. 18:15-20
  • Restoring someone in sin: Gal. 6:1-5 
  • Forgive a sinner: Col. 3: 12-13 
  • Reconciling differences: Mat. 5:23-24, Mat. 7:1-5