Week of April 22nd, 2018

1 John 3:16-24

Today’s reading starts out with the celebration that Jesus was willing to lay down His life for us. John continues to highlight the theme of darkness and light. Jesus is light and we are ignited with His light...and this light is not to be hidden under a bushel...NO! So the invitation for us is to shed light into others lives. We are reassured in this reading that through faith in Jesus we are made God’s children. Then we serve others as a response to our heavenly Father; just as He has loved us, so we love others.

Read 1 John 3:16-24

Is God’s love for us conditional? Why or why not?

Why do you think the passage says it pleases God when we keep his commandments?

Parents: Tell a story of a time your parent or other authority figure asked you to do something that you may have disobeyed and had a major consequence because of your disobedience.

Because we don’t have to do anything to earn God’s love…. why are we still called to follow his commandments? How is this similar to the things our parents ask us to do?

Read Matthew 25:31-40
What amazing truth do we learn from this passage about when we obey God or serve other people?

Take time to pray and confess the ways you have failed to keep God’s commandments, and ask God to help you as you go forward in seeing ways you can love those around you.

What are some of the things you are already doing that serve God?

How does it make you feel?

John 10:11-18

Jesus has just healed a man who had been born blind. In today’s reading, St. John records an episode in which Jesus is describing to the Jewish crowd who He really is. In contrast to a person hired to tend the sheep, who flees to let the sheep fend for themselves when there is danger, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life so that the sheep may be saved. Not only that, but Jesus knows each of His sheep by name and they know Him, just as the Father knows Jesus and Jesus knows the Father.

But then Jesus comments that He has other sheep that are not currently of this flock, but He is seeking them out to add to His flock so that there will be one flock led by one Shepherd.

Read John 10:11-18

How can the illustration of a “Good Shepherd” give you comfort?

How does Jesus go after the sheep that are not part of his fold in the text?

Read this info about sheep and their behavior. How do humans act these ways?

What is a way you have seen Jesus at work in the people around you who may or may not be believers?

How has Jesus been at work in your life?

Discuss how can you remind someone in your life this week that they are loved by Jesus? Set a time this week to follow up with your family about how you accomplished this.

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