I’ve brought us back to the Word this morning for another study sesh because I need it, so maybe you need it too?
Let’s first meditate on this passage. Read it three times and once out loud. Do you understand the general gist of what Jesus is saying?
Let’s pray and ask for Jesus to come be with us, to plant His word deep in our hearts, and to open up our eyes to really understand His word.
Now for some questions. It will help you tremendously if you write your answers down in your journal.
Let’s make some observations:
*Who are the main subjects of the text?
*What words/phrases are repeated?
*What words/phrases are emphasized?
*What words/phrases are similar to each other or opposite of each other?
*What does this text tell me about Jesus?
Let’s make some interpretations:
*I labeled words by using different colors. What do the words in each color have to do with one another?
*Is the Theif the same person as the Hired Hand or the Wolf?
*Who could the Hired hand be in your life?
*What is the context? Go read the passages before and after this text here.
*List the principles you’ve uncovered from the text.
Let’s make some applications:
Attitude that needs changing:
–Where am I not being like Christ in my daily life?
–Do I have an attitude about something or someone that God would not want me to have?
–What attitudes do I need to surrender?
Confessions that need to be made:
–Let us stop here and confess any sin God has shown me.
–Is there a new way God wants me to think about Him, the world, or me?
–What lies am I believing about God, Me, the World?
–What truth do I need to embrace to think rightly about God, the world, and me?
Jesus, please use your word in my life today. You laid down Your life for me to give me life abundant! Thank you! May I remember that all day long.