“Abundant Living” – a study in John 10:10

(week 1)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

 

1. How would you explain what this verse (said by Jesus) means to someone else?

a)What doesn’t this verse mean?

2. What is your understanding of who “the thief” is?

a) What other verses describe “the thief” (or by different terms) in the Bible?

3. What is the thief’s main aim and how does this affect you?

a) What does “to steal, kill and destroy” mean?

b) What are some of the ways the thief steals, kills and destroys? Can you think of some biblical stories to illustrate? Do you have any illustrative stories from your own life?

c) In what ways have you been a victim to the thief’s tactics?

4. The Bible (Greek) has three distinct words for “life”, bios, psuche, and zoe.

a) What are the different meanings of these words?

b) Which word is used in John 10:10?

c) How does this shape our understanding of what Jesus was saying to us in this verse? (don’t forget to look at the context of the whole passage (John 10:1-21))

5. Read Philippians 4:13.

a) How does zoe life help to explain Paul’s amazing statement in this verse?

b) What do we need to do to access zoe life?

“Abundant Living” – a study of John 10:10

(week 2)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

 

1. Read John 10:11-21 and Ezekiel 34:1-31.

a) What are the characteristics of the shepherds of Israel and how do they differ from the description of the Good Shepherd?

b) What was Jesus saying when he called himself the “Good Shepherd”?

c) What difference does it make to us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd?

2. Slowly read Psalm 23 through a number of times (maybe use different translations).

a) “I shall lack nothing…” (vs. 1)

i) How can the Lord make such a statement?

ii) How is this true?

iii) Read Phil. 4:19. What does this add to your understanding?

b) “He makes me…” (vs.2)

i) Can you think of other times in the Bible when the Lord “makes you” do something?

ii) Why does the Lord deem lying down in green pastures as so essential?

iii) What does this mean and how is it relevant for your life?

iv) When are the times when you “lie down in green pastures”? What difference does it make?

c) How does God lead you?

i) What are the quiet waters referring to?

ii) Being led requires trust – how much do you trust God to lead you?

d) What does it mean that God “restores your soul?” (vs. 3)

i) What is your soul? And why does it need restoring?

ii) What is the difference between your soul and your spirit?

e) What’s the difference between being led and being guided? (vs. 3)

i) Ponder the fact that sometimes God guides you! What does that say about God’s trust in you?

f) Have you known times of walking through the valley of the shadow of death? (vs. 4) How was God guiding you (staff) and protecting you (rod) during those dark days?

g) How has God blessed you? (vs. 5)

h) What are you anointed by God to accomplish? (vs. 5)

3. What an amazing psalm! Spend time praising God for His goodness and love. (vs. 6)

“Abundant Living - joy” – a study of John 10:10

(week 3)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

 

1. How would you explain the difference between joy and happiness?

a) Think of a time when you were both joyful and happy…

b) But also think of a time when you were still joyful, but not happy… what made the difference?

2. Is it possible to have joy (in a Biblical sense) without having a relationship with Jesus?

See Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, Psalm 16:7-11.

a) Why / Why not?

3. Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-7.

a) Consider verse 2 – How can one “out of the most sever trial” have “over-whelming joy”, and “extreme poverty” display “rich generosity”?

4. Why do you think some believers don’t experience (or exhibit) joy in their lives?

5. Look at 2 Cor. 8:4-5.

a) Where are the two places the believers give themselves? (contrast this with Luke 18:18-23).

b) What do we need to do to experience the joy God wants to give?

6. Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. What does this teach us about the amount of joy we can experience and

how we can experience joy in greater measure?

7. How can you increase the joy in your life and in those around you?

“Abundant Living – joy (part 2)” – a study of John 10:10

(week 4)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

 

Read 1 Peter 1:1-9

1. What do you think it means when Peter said we’re “strangers in the world”? (vs.1)

a) In what ways (as a believer) do you feel like a stranger in the world?

b) How much time do you spend in life seeking to be a friend of this world rather than a stranger? What does this say about where your heart lies? (see Hebrews 11:15-16)

2. In what ways have you been “chosen” (vs. 2)?

a) What are you “chosen” for?

b) Read carefully how you are chosen? What do these different aspects really mean? What is…

i) the “foreknowledge of God the Father”?

ii) the sanctifying work of the Spirit?

iii) Obedience to Jesus Christ?

c) What difference does this “choosing” make to your life?

3. What is the “living hope” to which you have been called? (vs. 3-5)

a) What difference should his make in your life?

4. Does God send us trials? (See vs. 6-7)

a) Why?

b) What benefit are they?

c) What is God’s ultimate aim for you?

5. What is “the salvation of your soul” (vs. 9)? How would you explain this to others?

6. Are you filled with “inexpressible and glorious joy” (see vs. 8)?

a) How does this show itself through you?

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