I Am the Good Shepherd

May 7, 2023    Paul May

Many of us have heard Psalm 23 at one point in our lives, whether in church or perhaps at a funeral. Perhaps we’ve seen a painting depicting Jesus as a shepherd, and that painting brought us comfort. When Jesus made the claim to be The Good Shepherd, he was offering words of comfort to many, but they were also words of consternation and blasphemy to others. Jesus’ words can divide, but ultimately they will bring people together from all over the world and all throughout history.

Sermon Outline:

I. Who Jesus says he is

II. Why Jesus says he came to us

III. How Jesus shepherds us

IV. How Jesus knows us

V. Who Jesus came for

VI. How Jesus loves us

Sermon Discussion Questions:

1. What comes to mind when you think of Jesus being your shepherd?

2. In what ways did the religious leaders of his day act like wolves?

3. How can we avoid/repent of ways we have been wolf-like towards others in the Church?

4. Do you believe the Good Shepherd is for you?

5. In what ways do you feel the Good Shepherd nudging you gently, prodding you, or even grabbing hold of you in some area of your life?

6. What does it mean to you that