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Session 23

What does a good shepherd do?

Read: Psalm 105:39-45

Even if we don’t know anything about sheep, we can know how to be a good shepherd. 

God’s actions toward His people are our greatest example of how a good shepherd cares for his sheep. Psalm 105 recounts how God brought Moses and the nation of Israel out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and into the promised land. 

Like a good shepherd, God provided for His people. He made sure Israel never went without food, even sending quail and bread as they wandered the desert. As a good shepherd, God guided His people. He prepared the way, then covered and lit the path for Israel to follow. God also refreshed His people, quenching their thirst with water from a rock. 

As group leaders, we have been entrusted with people to shepherd. Our journey is a spiritual one, but our needs are the same. Our groups, like Israel, need God’s provision, guidance, and refreshment.

When we meet a need, share a meal, or study the Bible together, we see God provide for His people’s physical and spiritual hunger. When we offer wise counsel or explain what it looks like to follow Jesus, we see God guide His people to their next steps. And, when we encourage one another with good news, we get to see God refreshing His people the same way a cold drink refreshes us on a hot day (Proverbs 25:13, Proverbs 25:25). 

God will do the providing, the guiding, and the refreshing. But He wants to do it through you. 

As group leaders, we are a conduit of God’s providing, guiding, and refreshing. Our role is to listen and observe to know what our people need, to seek God consistently and obey when He tells us to act. 

Reflect:

  • How are you preparing yourself to lead the people in your group this week? 
  • What are some ways you’ve seen God provide for you, guide you, and refresh you? 
  • What are some ways your group members need God’s provision, guidance, and refreshing?

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Who does God say you are?

Who does God say you are?

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Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

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3

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

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4

You can be patient, even when you don’t feel like it

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5

Stop trying to do it all

Stop trying to do it all

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6

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

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What happens when we stop fighting back

What happens when we stop fighting back

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8

Annoyed? The solution starts with you

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9

Do we really need to worry about confession?

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10

How to experience the freedom you long for

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God wants to speak to you and through you

God wants to speak to you and through you

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12

The best way to fight worthless talk

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13

Are you hearing from God? (And how to know if it’s God)

Are you hearing from God? (And how to know if it’s God)

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Who are you leading people to?

Who are you leading people to?

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15

Are you ready to protect your people?

Are you ready to protect your people?

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16

Everyone’s eyes are on you

Everyone’s eyes are on you

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17

The best way to lead others is to serve others

The best way to lead others is to serve others

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18

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

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20

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

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21

Where to find rest for a weary soul

Where to find rest for a weary soul

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22

When you feel like you just can’t go any further

When you feel like you just can’t go any further

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23

What does a good shepherd do?

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To care for the group, go after the one

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25

Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes?

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Why leaders are called to be shepherds

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How to know you’re a leader

How to know you’re a leader

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What does a thriving community look like?

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