Life Group Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Lives

  1. Read John 21:1-3. When Peter got stir crazy, he went fishing, something familiar, something he was good at. What do you tend to fall back on when you’ve lost your way or purpose?
  2. Read the rest of the passage now, vv. 1-17. What do you think Peter was feeling in each of these verses: 3, 6, 7, 15, 17?
  3. Why don’t you think the disciples could recognize Jesus (v. 4)?
  4. Have you ever felt like such a failure, you felt like you couldn’t go on? What happened?
  5. The text isn’t clear about what the word “these” refers to in v. 15. As you read the passage, what do you think Jesus was referring to?
  • a. The thrill of catching fish and the security of his fishing job and all that came with it
  • b. The brotherly love, friendship and camaraderie he had with the other 6 disciple he was with that day
  • c. The level of love that the other disciples had for Jesus
  • d. Other

6.  If there is something or someone in your life that you love more than Jesus, what would it be? Close your meeting with a time of silence where each person in the group invites the Holy Spirit to speak truth to them regarding this question. Ask Him to show you if there is something or someone you love more than Him. Don’t be afraid of the silence in the room. Stay focused on listening to anything God wants to say to you. Then after 60-90 seconds of quiet, if you feel so led, confess out loud what God showed you and ask Him to forgive you. Receive His forgiveness and revel in His love for you.

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When Jesus…
“When Jesus Sees Our Failure”
John 21:1-17

When we fail,

        Peter failed Jesus.

        Peter failed his friends.

        Peter failed God.

        Peter failed himself.

        Guilt. Remorse. Shame. Hopelessness. Despair.

Jesus responds with:

        I’m here for you.

        I’m here to restore you.

                When you fail, fall into the arms of His unfailing love.

        I’m here to entrust you.

        I’m here to renew you.

Jesus invites us into His unfailing love where He is making all things new.

Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Connected to God through the Word and Prayer/Loving God