The Good Shepherd

Sunday, July 26th

Dear Parents,

Jesus’ teaching caused division among the Jews. They argued about who He was and where He had come from. Had He really come from God? Was He crazy or demon-possessed? In John 10, Jesus taught about Himself by using a comparison that is found throughout the Old Testament: the Lord as the Shepherd of His people.

In Bible times, shepherding was a common occupation. Leaders of nations—even non-Israelite nations—would refer to themselves as shepherds of the people. A good shepherd would guide, provide for, and protect his people. Yet Old Testament prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel criticized Israel’s leaders for failing to shepherd God’s people well. The Israelites were like sheep—helpless and wandering—and they longed for a truly good shepherd.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who provides abundant life for His sheep. A shepherd would gather his sheep at night and form a pen to keep the sheep in and to keep wild animals and thieves out. The shepherd would lay across the opening. Like a shepherd provides safety for his sheep, Jesus provides salvation and eternal life.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep. A shepherd protects his sheep from wolves and other wild animals, even at risk to his own life. Jesus gave up His life on the cross to rescue sinners from sin and death.

Finally, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who knows His sheep. Even when two or more flocks gathered in a pen, a shepherd could call for his sheep and they would respond to the sound of his voice. Jesus knows His sheep personally. 

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, came to do His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rise again so that we might be saved. We can live sacrificially as we point others to the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. 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.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus said that He is the Good Shepherd.
    • ○ Jesus knows His followers, and they know Him.
    • ○ Jesus gave up His life to rescue His people from sin.
    • ○ Those who love Jesus listen to Him and obey Him.
    • ○ Jesus taught about God.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
    • ○ What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for His people.
    • ○ What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • John 14:25-26 (Preschool: John 14:26)
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “Jesus Calmed a Storm” (Matthew 8; Mark 4; Luke 8)

Go to our website, stonewaterchurch.com, scroll down to the Kids’ Service button and click on “Parents” for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.