1. In John 10:11, Jesus states that he is the good shepherd because he lays down his life for the sheep.  Compare this with the words of God to the religious “shepherds” of Israel in Ezekiel 34.
  2. Reread I Corinthians 1:26-29.  Why does God choose the things the world considers foolish?  (See verse 27).  What does this mean?  How does this shame the wise?  How significant is verse 29?  What does it teach us about God and his ways?  What does it teach us about fallen humanity and our ways?  What are some examples of this “boasting” in our world?
  3. Reread James 1:9-11.  How should this advice effect the church and our relaitonships with others in the congregation?  How important is this advice for those who are wealthy according to the standards of this world?  How important is this advice for the poor?
  4. Discuss the contrasts between the shepherds in the fields and the angelic host who announced the birth of Christ.  What are some lessons to be learned about the heart of God in this event?