“Peter” – John 21:1-19 – Pastor Bruce Lerum
Jesus followers must have wondered what was next.
I just need a distraction of some kind. “Gone fishin’.”
John 21:3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.”
Jesus reminded Peter that it had not been that long since Peter’s Good Friday denials.
We are not too crazy about it when we are reminded of unpleasant things.
John 21:17 The third time [Jesus] said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Jesus used the denials to catapult Peter into his next phase.
Tests can be hurtful even though they are productive.
John 21:17 Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?”
1. The seven disciples noted in this story were at the Sea of Galilee. How do familiar surroundings help with feeling more comfortable?
2. Peter, James, and John (and the others) returned with Jesus to the place of their first meeting: the Sea of Galilee. Why did they go there? (Read Matthew 28:10 and Mark 16:7)
3. Jesus’ questions to Peter set up his answer. How would this exchange set up his lifelong ministry? (Look at his speeches on Pentecost [Acts 2] and following.
4. We hear the same questions, give the same answers, and hear the same reply. What do you hear in Jesus’ reply? Is there a certain mission or ministry that resonates through your exchange with Jesus?
5. Caring for Jesus’ people is the thanks we give God for caring for us. Talk about some ways that this manifests itself in the life of a follower of Jesus.
6. What opportunities do you see that have yet to be cultivated?