Lesson Title: THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Printed Text: John 10:7-18
Key Verse: John 10:4 (NIV)
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011-2012
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People often follow strong leaders who may or may not have their best interests at heart. How do we know which leaders have our best interests at heart? Jesus was a strong leader whom people followed and who was willing to give up His life to save them from harm.
The model of the good shepherd-leader has much to say about leaders at all levels of society, be they politicians, health care providers, supervisors, teachers, pastors or parents. JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
Dear Lord, as the Good Shepherd of life, thank You for the sacrifice of Your love for our salvation. May the example of Your love guide us in our actions, and decisions to love as You have loved and to give as You have given. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Servant-leader – This term is most accurately and fully depicted in Jesus Chris, the Good Shepherd. He is fully servant in that He cares for all of the heads or the sheep, up to giving His life for them. He is fully leader in that He calls His own unto Himself