We need to understand how sheep relate to their shepherd if we’re going to understand what Psalm 23 teaches us about our relationship with God.
For many of us, our concept of sheep is from children’s stories and cartoons. Who in the group has spent the most time around sheep? What were the circumstances?
If someone were to describe you as “sheepish,” what would that mean to you? Would you perceive it to be a compliment or an insult? Why?
This week Pastor Mike talked about how every sheep is born needing three things from a shepherd:
- A leader to follow (or they’ll get lost).
- A protector to keep close to (or they’ll get eaten).
- An inspector to keep them healthy (or they might become unknowingly sick or injured for months).
Have you ever been in a situation where you were responsible for leading, protecting or inspecting people who didn’t want those things? What happened?
What does the Bible say?
Read Psalm 23. Do you notice how God is described as a provider of direction, safety and health?
In what ways have you seen God lead, protect and heal you? What similarities do you notice in how God has been a Good Shepherd for the “sheep” in your group?
Apply the message
In John 10:27-28 Jesus describes his “sheep” as hearing His voice & following His leadership. What is one area where you could recognize God’s ownership in your life?
Do you feel like you need to grow more in making space to hear Jesus’ direction or is there an area that you need to follow closer to Jesus? What does that look like for you this week?
What does Jesus promise regarding the future of His flock? Does that change how you relate to God’s ownership?