Scripture

John 10:1-6 (NIV)

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Questions

Have you ever felt God speaking to you about something? What did that look like? In what way did God speak to you?

What is currently getting in the way of you hearing God’s voice?

What are some of the ways Julie mentioned of how we can grow to hear God’s voice? What ways have you found that have helped you discern God’s voice in your life?


Practical Application

God’s voice is rarely audible but there are questions we can ask that can help us discern if we are hearing from Him:

Is what you are hearing true to God’s character as revealed in Scripture?

Does it line up with the teachings of Scripture?

Is it affirmed by spiritually mature people around you?

Why not begin each day this week praying the prayer of Samuel? “Speak Lord, I’m your servant, ready to listen” (1 Sam 3:10 MSG)


Discussion

On several occasions, the Bible uses the imagery of sheep and a Shepherd to illustrate our relationship with God. Part of this relationship is hearing and following the voice of the Shepherd. Yet how do we hear God’s voice?

Join Will and Julie as they discuss some practical ways of growing in our ability to hear God speaking to us.


Go Further

Hearing + Obeying Gods Voice – Video Teaching by The Bible Project

I’m Listening – Song by Chris McClarney