Peter 23 Jul

(Message 4) You probably know what it’s like to feel like you’re a failure. You may even be living with the memory of that failure every day. Peter knows what it’s like to fail miserably. Join us as we see how Jesus gave him a better story, and how He can do the same for you.

  • God created us for a purpose.
  • The difference between success and failure is often the width of the boat.
  • Huge blessings often follow small steps of faith.
  • Failure is an event, never a person.
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  1. Describe one of your biggest failures (that you feel comfortable sharing).   
  2. How do failures cause us to lose our way in life?  Have you ever lost your way?  What did you learn from that time in your life?
  3. Read John 18:15-27. What did Peter do that caused him to lose his way? How do you think Peter felt? Have you ever felt as though you have disappointed God?
  4. Read John 21:1-6.  The place where the disciples were fishing was 90 miles from Jerusalem.  Do you think they were fishing for fun or had they gone back to their old profession? Why?
  5. What was Jesus’ purpose in meeting them at the shore? Did you ever return to your old ways in response to a failure? How did you recover?
  6. Read John 21:7-14.  What point was John trying to communicate to us by revealing the number of fish caught before Jesus and after Jesus?  Can you recall any parallels in your own life?
  7. Read John 21:15-19.  Why do you think Jesus repeated the same question and charge to Peter 3 times?  How does Jesus tie relationship to purpose through these questions? Does your relationship with Christ have a purpose?
  8. Discuss this statement from Zig Ziglar:  “Failure is an event, not a person.”
  9. If past failure has kept you from God’s purpose for your life, what is your next small step in the right direction toward your better story?

Daily Scripture Readings:

Day1:   Matthew 26:31-35; 2 Corinthians 12:9

Day 2:  Matthew 26:69-75; John 16:33

Day 3:  Mark 14:27-31; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Day 4:  Mark 14:66-72; Psalm 55:16-17

Day 5:  Luke 22:31-34; Romans 8:28

Day 6: Luke 22:54-60; Acts 17:30

Day 7:   Psalm 32:3-5; Hebrews 12:1-3

 

 

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