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Teaching About the Father

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage Jesus tells us that He and the Father are one. In other words, Jesus tells us that He is God. As God, Jesus leads us like a shepherd leads His flock, and offers us eternal life. In this lesson, students will consider Jesus鈥 promise of eternal life and examine the fulfillment of His promise in heaven and how to begin to make heaven a reality here on earth.

Lesson Materials


  1. Have students read the Gospel passage for the week and complete the Focus Questions.
  2. Review and discuss the answers to the Focus Questions when students have finished.
  3. With a partner, have students complete the 鈥淭he Shepherd鈥 activity. Students will read this Sunday鈥檚 second reading from Revelation 7:9, 14B-17 and consider what heaven will be like and how to make it a reality here on earth.
  4. When students have completed 鈥淭he Shepherd鈥 activity, call on students to share and discuss their answers.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. They hear His voice. He knows them and they follow Him.
  2. Eternal life.
  3. He has given his sheep to Him and is greater than all.
  4. He and the Father are one.

The Shepherd Activity

  1. According to John, Heaven is filled with innumerable people of all sorts. It is a place before the very throne of God, and the people are in total bliss and peace before Him.
  2. Accept Reasoned Answers.
  3. Accept Reasoned Answers.

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