It is Monday, June 10, 2019. John’s eyewitness account of the miraculous and radical life of Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man, continues in our Scripture today. The resurrected Jesus appears again to the disciples. Jesus meets the disciples just where they are. He knew right were they would be, and it is there Jesus chose to go. I am thankful Jesus promises the same for me! In days of doubt our tendency is to turn back to what is known, just like the disciples. Jesus challenges each of us to trust in Him today for the big catch rather than settle for what can be done in our own strength. Kim
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?
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).
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 21:1-8 ]
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
_ See what your remember about the previous times Jesus revealed Himself after He rose from the grave.
Compare and contrast this account.
_ Where were the disciples? Which disciples were there? Verse 1-2
_ Who was the ringleader of this fishing expedition? Why might he want to go?
_ How much was caught as they fished together throughout the night? Verse 3
_ What time of day does Jesus meet the fishing disciples? Vs 4
5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
_ How does Jesus address them? What is his question for them? Vs 5
_ After answering “no” what command does the unknown man issue? Vs 6
_ Why might the disciples follow the stranger’s advice?
_ How fruitful was their obedience? Vs 6
_ Reflect on the contrast between the catch made in their own strength and
the one that was under the guiding hand of Jesus.
_ Who recognizes Jesus first? Vs 7
_ What does he do?
_ What is Peter’s response to the news? Vs 7
_ How excited are you to tell others about Jesus and the work He does in your life?
_ How excited are you to see Jesus in your day or invite Him into your daily work?
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
_ When Jesus makes things clear to us, it often includes seeing our own shortcomings and weaknesses, but those are exactly where we can see God working in our own lives. Where have you seen God at work in your life recently? Where is God showing you He wants to work in your life now?
+ 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)
_ This passage gives both honest and very good news. With whom can you share this message of hope?