john109Welcome back to the Bible Cafe as we continue our study  Pursuing More of Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz. We’re now on the fourth day- how quickly this study seems to be going!

Today’s Scripture Verse

Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.”  John 10:6-9

Prayer Requests

Father, open our hearts and speak to us with your word. Guide us in the study so we may understand scriptures and understand the words of Jesus. Give us confidence as we establish a study habit and routine for learning your word. In Jesus name. Amen.

Individual Activity

Complete pages 24-25 in your workbook.

Here is my example for Steps 3 and 4. It is simply my opinion, and my purpose in sharing it is to help you understand how the workbook helps me in learning scriptures. Step 5 is helpful because we form an action or decision from what we just learned.

Step 3 Questions:
Is there an example to follow in this verse?

  • We don’t always understand Jesus or scriptures (they did not understand what he was telling them)
  • Jesus tells the truth (I tell you the truth)

What are the people doing in the verse that I should be doing, or not doing?

  • Enter the gate to be saved (enters through me will be saved)
  • Come in and out of the sheep pen (come in and go out, and find pasture)
  • Did not listen to thieves and robbers (sheep did not listen to them)

Is there a promise to claim?

  • Enter the gate to be saved (enters through me will be saved)

Is there a warning to heed?

  • Robbers and thieves came before Jesus (All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers)
  • Do not listen to thieves and robbers (sheep did not listen to them)

A command to obey?

  • Enter through Jesus (enters through me)

Step 4 Questions:

  • Do I understand what Jesus is saying, and if not, why?
  • Do I hear the truth, or am I still listening to thieves and robbers?
  • When did I enter the gate to be saved?
  • Why do we go in and out of the pasture?

After completing Steps 3 and 4, I find myself contemplating more questions than answers. This is where Step five is helpful: Create an action plan.

  • Father, I want to pursue more of Jesus and understand his words. Help me discern the truth and filter out the thieves. I willingly enter the gate and follow my Shepherd to be saved. I will continue to study my Bible and learn from scriptures so I may know Jesus.

Group Activity

Please share something you found when reading the verse today. Each of us will continue to have different answers and discoveries, so sharing will unite us in a common goal: pursuing more of Jesus.

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