Key Passage: John 10:7-10
“Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may life, and have it to the full.’
- Who was Jesus speaking to at this time?
- At what point did this speaking occur in His ministry?
- What would this have meant to people at that time?
- How does this verse apply to your life today?
Have 2-3 members share takeaways from their GO last week.
- In John 10, who is Jesus referring to when he brings up “thieves and robbers”?
- Thieves wait for the perfect opportunity to strike. Are there areas of your life or times when you find yourself more vulnerable to Satan’s traps?
- What are some tactics you can employ (or already use) to overcome Satan’s traps?
- Read John 12:10. Notice that the chief priests also made plans to kill Lazarus because his presence was leading people to Jesus. Have you ever felt like your faith has placed the devil’s “target” on your back? If so, when?
- What did you learn from that experience?
- Do you believe the devil increases his attacks against those he feels most threatened by? Why or why not?
- Read Luke 4:1-13. Why do you think the devil chose this particular time to tempt Jesus?
- In verse 13, the Bible says the devil left Jesus “until an opportune time.” Why is it critical to identify your own “opportune time” to be tempted?
- Uncover what your “opportune time” to be tempted is and pray that God would strengthen you during those moments. What actions will you take to guard your heart at the time?
- Talk with another person close to you about their “opportune time” to be tempted and ask if there is anything you can do to be there for them in those moments.
Close in Prayer