Our passage today is a short, yet poignant one. As humans we are prone to fail, prone to sin, and as the hymn-writer Robert Robinson penned, “prone to wander, Lord I feel it / prone to leave the God I love” (Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing). We remember Peter promising loyalty to Jesus at all costs in John 13 but Jesus responds saying that he will deny Jesus multiple times. Today we see that prophecy come true. How can we be reconciled to God when we have failed so greatly? -Monica
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 18:25-27 ]
25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.
_ Vs 25 Why would Peter promise such faithfulness earlier but deny that he is Jesus’ disciple here?
_ In vs. 27 What is the significance of the rooster crowing? (See John 13:38)
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?
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
_Have I been ashamed of Christ or denied his importance in my life?
_How do I deal with guilt and failure in my life? Do I let that separate me from God?
_ Am I living in the freedom that Christ’s costly but freely offered grace provides me?
+ 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)
_ Who can I encourage with this truth today?