The ABCs of the Christian Life


Reflection Questions

1. The sermon focuses in on the heart of Jesus' response to the religious leaders, in vv. 27-28. What are the central ideas Jesus communicates in these verses?

2. How would you summarize what these verses mean for the Christian life? What are the key points that stand out to you here?

The sermon describes the key points this way:

- the ongoing activity of listening to Jesus

- the process of becoming new by sticking close to Jesus

- the deep confidence from Jesus knowing you and keeping you safe forever

3. How's your practice of listening to Jesus right now? What are some of the barriers you are experiencing?

4. How close are you sticking to Jesus in your day to day life right now? Who or what might be getting in the way of the closeness of this relationship?

5. What's your current level of confidence in Jesus' promises to you right now? What is helping grow your confidence, or what are you having a hard time believing?

6. What's your main takeaway from this passage and sermon for this week?

John 10:22-42

22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there.


FOOTNOTES

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.