Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 23rd April 2017
Quarter Theme: Foundation for Christian Living
Topic: Future Fully Assured- God our Shepherd
Texts: Psalm 23:1-6
Memory Verse: “I know that Your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and Your house will be my home as long as I live” (Psalm 23:6 GNT)
Psalm 23 is probably the most popular Psalm in the Bible both for believers and church goers. And perhaps for good reason. In it, the Psalmist affirms what we all desperately need – a God who looks out for His own; a Shepherd. Someone who carefully watches over us, guiding, protecting, tending to our needs.
It is interesting to note that the Psalmist refers to God as Shepherd not goatherd. The reason is perhaps because as human beings, in relation to God, we are a lot like sheep. Consider the following traits of Sheep:
- They have a natural tendency to wander off (Isaiah 53:6) and when they do, they are in danger of getting lost, being attacked or even harm themselves by some stupid act or the other; cf. Rom. 7:5; 8:8; 1 John 2:16; Heb 2:1
- They cannot survive long on their own without a shepherd due to their poor learning abilities, poor eye sight and hearing. They do not have any defensive features like claws or sharp teeth
- Are easily frightened and prone to confusion with the slightest disturbance.
Because of these peculiarities of sheep, they need a shepherd badly. And for anyone to effectively shepherd a sheep, the person must possess certain qualities and perform a variety of functions. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
- According to Isaiah 53:6; Heb. 2:1, in what ways are we like sheep?
- What does our ‘sheepish’ nature expose us to? See Romans 7:5; 8:8; 1 John 2:16
- The work of a shepherd is hazardous: What dangers did David face in his capacity as shepherd? See 1 Samuel 17:34-35; what did Jesus have to endure as our Shepherd – Matt. 20:28; Luke 19:10; John 3:16; 10:15-18?
- In what ways does God shepherd us according to Psalm 23:1-5?
- Just as sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd and follow, how does Jesus lead us as stated in John 10:27? What happens to us when we fail to recognize and follow the voice of our Great Shepherd?
- Apart from spiritual needs, what other needs of the sheep does God, our Shepherd meet as outlined in Psalm 23:1-5?
- What should the attitude of a believer be, if s/he truly believes God is his/her shepherd – Matt. 6:25-34?