Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 22, 2018
Passage: John 21:1-17
QUICK REVIEW: Looking back at your notes from this week’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. What is your favorite food to eat on a cookout or around a campfire?
2. Not only did Peter fail three times in denying Jesus, he also failed as the leader of this all-night fishing expedition. Peter did not allow these failures to be fatal to his faith but instead, allowed them to propel him forward into fruitful ministry. When has one of your failures led to something good in your life?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message this past Sunday, Mike explained how Peter, a fisherman by trade, was humbled and frustrated after catching nothing after a full night of fishing in front of his friends. This was a turning point for Peter to see the value of depending on Jesus in all things. What do the following passages teach us about the value of humbling ourselves before the Lord?
Luke 18:9-14 (ESV)
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Psalm 25:9 (ESV)
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
- Can you think of a time when you felt a great sense of weakness and helplessness? Did you run away from the Lord or to the Lord on that occasion? What did God do for you because you put your hope in Him?
- Is there a difference between “being humbled” and choosing to humble ourselves? What does it look like for a believer to make the choice to humble himself or herself?
2. Mike pointed out in the message that Jesus waited until sunrise before He offered His help. Do you think Peter would have been more open to suggestions at the beginning of the night or at the end of the night? What does the following passages teach us about how we can get into a better position to continue hearing from the Lord?
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (ESV)
1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” 5 and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 And the LORD called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”
Revelation 3:19-20 (ESV)
19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
James 1:22 (ESV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
- Today, God speaks to our hearts primarily through the Scriptures. How has God spoken to you recently through His Word?
- Someone once said, “God is more interested in speaking to us than we are interested in listening to Him.” Is this sometimes true for you? What steps are you taking to ensure that you keep your heart open to what God wants to say to you?
3. Part of Jesus’ reinstatement of Peter was Peter’s admission that his love for Jesus was deep, but it wasn’t perfect. That is why Peter said he loved Jesus with a brotherly kind of love instead of a perfect kind of love (agape in the Greek). Jesus reinstated Peter by forgiving him and giving him the honored task of leading and feeding the church in its infancy. Peter’s motive for feeding and tending sheep wasn’t necessarily that he liked sheep but that he loved the Lord. What do the following verses teach us about loving God?
Matthew 22:34-40 (ESV)
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
1 John 2:15-17 (NASB)
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
John 14:15 (ESV)
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
- Based on the above verses, how “perfect” is your love for the Father?
- In what ways can you grow in your love for God? Is there anything preventing you from deepening your love for Him?
TAKE IT HOME
1. Is there a recent failure in your life that you want God to use for the good in your life? How can this group pray specifically for this?
2. Do you have any other prayer requests for your group?