Today is Tuesday, April 30th. Happy honesty day! We should be honest everyday, but it is supposedly recognized on April 30th. As we approach this passage of scripture this morning, I hope that we are honest with ourselves, are humbled, and also consumed with grace and love. It may be a difficult and somber pill to swallow, but we are sinful and break our covenant with the Lord constantly. Praise King Jesus though, the steadfast love of the Lord is neverending. His mercies are new every morning. There is hope. There is a reason to sing. There is joy despite whatever situation you might be struggling through. Praise King Jesus - Evan
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
_ Do you have people in your life that you love the way Jesus asks you to love? How often do you interact with these people to foster the relationship? What kind of fruit comes from time spent with one another?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 13.36-38 ]
36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.
_ Where else in chapter 13 does Jesus answer Peter’s question with the same response?
_What does Jesus mean when he says “but you will follow afterward.”? [v 36]
_What is admirable about Peter’s response, and what is concerning about his response? [v37]
_What relation to peter’s response do we have in our life?
_How is Jesus’s answer in verse 38 convicting? If you know about the life of peter, how is there hope despite Jesus’s heavy response?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)