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The Good Shepherd

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The Good Shepherd - John 10

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. God sent Him to save sinners. Jesus gave up His life so His people could be forgiven and have life with God forever. Those who trust in Jesus are His sheep. They listen to Him, follow Him, and obey Him.

Key Passage

“The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you”- John 14:26

  • The Holy Spirit (put arms up with palms in)
  • Will teach you all things (bring arms down with palms up at waist)
  • And remind you (point to temples)
  • Of everything (shake head)
  • I have told you (bring fingers down in front of your waist)

Songs

The Holy Spirit

Choose one or more of the songs below:

  • For God Loved The World - Video
  • He is Faithful - Video
  • The Lord Will Be With You - Video  
  • You Are Great - Video
  • Everlasting Kingdom - Video
  • Ask God - Video
  • The Lord is Patient With You - Video
  • If My People - Video
  • God Will! - Video
  • Kingdom Kid - Video

Bible Story Video

The Good Shepherd

Bible Story Summary

  • Jesus told a story about sheep and a shepherd.
  • Jesus said God’s people are like sheep.
  • Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gives up His life for the sheep.

Family Discussion Starters

  • How are we like sheep?
  • How did Jesus show He is the Good Shepherd?
  • How does it feel to know no one
    can take you “out of Jesus’ hand”?

Family Activity

  • Research fun facts about sheep and shepherds as a family. If possible, arrange to see sheep in person. Talk about how we are like sheep and Jesus is our Good Shepherd.

Other Resources

For Preschool Kids

  • Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF (Lessons for July 5 - August 2)
  • Activity: Make a Sheep Handprint
    • Invite children to color a grassy scene on blue construction paper. Paint a child’s palm white and fingers and thumb black. Help her press her handprint onto the paper, fingers down. Wipe her hand and give her one or two googly eyes to adhere to the thumbprint. Suggest she glue cotton balls to the palm. Write the story point on each child’s artwork.

    • Say: Your handprint is not like anyone else’s. God made each person different, and He knows everything about you! Jesus is the Good Shepherd who calls His sheep by name. Those who trust in Jesus are His sheep. He said, “I know My sheep, and My sheep know Me. My sheep hear My voice, and they follow Me. I give them life forever.” I pray that each of you will trust and follow Jesus!

For Elementary Kids

  • Personal Bible Study  - Download PDF (Lessons for June 7 - Sept. 20)

  • New City Catechism - Question 41
    • What is the Lord’s Prayer?

    • Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

  • Discussion Questions
    • Help kids find John 10. Ask the following questions:

    • How will sheep know their shepherd? (by his voice, John 10:3-4)

    • Why does a thief come? (only to steal, kill, and destroy; John 10:10)

    • What does the good shepherd do? (lays down his life for the sheep, John 10:15)

    • Why do you think Jesus compares people to sheep? Guide kids to understand that sheep are animals that need guidance. On their own, they cannot thrive. Help them understand that using the imagery of sheep also calls back to Psalm 23 and Old Testament figures like David, Moses, and Jacob.

    • How can we become part of Jesus’ flock? Guide kids to see that Jesus’ flock includes all people who have faith in Jesus. We cannot earn salvation, but God gives it freely to all who believe the truth of the gospel. Remind kids that salvation comes by grace through faith.

    • How do you feel knowing that no one can snatch us from Jesus? Lead kids to find and read John 10:28. Guide kids to discuss their feelings. Help them see that everyone who has faith in Jesus has eternal life. Explain to them that Jesus’ promise is not based on our behavior but on His power and goodness. Share your thoughts about these promises.

    • Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for His people. Jesus said He would lay down His life for His sheep, and He died on the cross for our sins. He said He would take His life up again, and He rose from the dead on the third day. We can trust Jesus’ promises to protect and care for us.