The Point: Jesus is the only One who offers us ultimate protection.
- Get Into the Study
- Study the Bible
- Live It Out
- Additional Questions
- Member Extra
- Tips for Leading Bible Study Groups
Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
Begin by sharing this news item:
Last fall Cloe Woods, a 5-year-old living in Kenner, Louisiana, took a field trip with her prekindergarten class to visit the local firehouse. The firefighters talked to the class about fire safety, and Cloe was listening. On February 17 around 7:00 a.m., when the smoke detector went off in the house where Cloe lives, she remembered the fire safety talk. Cloe found her grandmother, who is blind, in another bedroom and woke her. Claudia Arcenaux, age 76, tried to stop and find a pair of shoes. Cloe told her grandmother, “Grandma, don’t worry about your shoes, the house is on fire.” Cloe led her grandmother safely out of the house and to a neighbor’s house, where she asked the neighbor for a bucket of water – recalling her lesson from the fire department. The fire department quickly responded and no one was injured. Cloe’s mother and teachers call her a hero.
Say: Although Cloe is young and small in size, she was able to provide the perfect protection for her grandmother in a frightening situation.
Then read Question#1 (“When have you felt protected during a strange or scary situation?”) (PSG, p. 29) and call for volunteers to respond.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
Donna McKinney has recently retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in Apex, North Carolina.
Study the Bible
Use the following activity as you study John 10:14-15, 27-30.
Helen Adams Keller was left blind and deaf in the late 1800’s due to an illness she contracted before her second birthday. She overcame these intense disabilities by learning to speak, read and write and became a prolific American author and social activist. No stranger to the perils of this life, Keller penned this quote in her book The Open Door, published in 1957:
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
- Helen Keller makes this point about security: “It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.” Is this statement true for Christians? Explain.
Rate yourself and your beliefs on the following on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being “not at all”, 10 being “fits me perfectly”:
- Watching the news bothers me
- I am concerned for the physical safety of myself and those I love
- Outside threats shake my faith in God’s ability to protect me
- I trust God to care for and protect me
- Worst-case scenarios consume my thoughts
- I can maintain a long-view of my secure eternal state in the face of earthly strife
- Even if God allows tragedy into my life, He is still caring for me
Emily Jennings wrote this Leader Extra. Emily is wife to Brian and Mommy to her three sweet boys. She loves serving at FBC, Woodstock, Georgia, where her husband is Middle School Pastor. Find her on Twitter @emilyejennings.
- When have you felt afraid and unprotected?
- What song do you listen to or think of when you feel lonely?
- What helps you feel safe when you’re alone?
- When have you felt protected during a strange or scary situation?
- What superhero would you choose for your personal protector? Why?
- What safety does a door provide?
- What does Jesus’ claim to be the only door by which His sheep can enter say about Him?
- How has your life in Jesus been abundant?
- What is an abundant life?
- Who or what could be labeled today as “thieves and robbers”?
- What’s your initial reaction to these verses?
- How would you explain Jesus’ word pictures in these verses?
- How is Jesus like a door or a gate?
- What do you expect from Jesus as your Good Shepherd?
- In what way can you personally be like the “hired man” or the “wolf” that Jesus talks about?
- What are some prejudices you recognize in yourself?
- In what ways do you feel protected by Jesus?
- What do these verses teach us about Jesus?
- Where do you see evidence of wolves who seek to harm others in the world today?
- How can we learn the difference between Jesus’ voice and another shepherd’s voice?
- What makes you question your security in Christ?
- What makes you feel unworthy to belong to Jesus?
- How does it feel to know that absolutely nothing can change the fact that God holds onto us?
- What are some ways followers of Jesus are attacked in today’s world?
- What’s our role in accessing and benefiting from Jesus’ protection?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional:
Tips for Leading Bible Study Groups