Discussion Guide

 

Encounters- Peter

Share with the group about a time that you had a reunion with someone you hadn't seen for a while. What was it like when you saw each other again? How did you feel in that moment?

Read John 20:1-23. Have each person in the group read two verses until you have read the whole passage.

Why do you suppose Peter immediately dives in and swims to shore as soon as he discovers that Jesus is there?

Why do you think Jesus ask Peter the same basic question three times in John 21:15-17? How might this relate to Peter’s denials of Jesus on the day of Christ’s crucifixion?

Look back at Jesus’ teaching in John 10:11-15. What points about being a good shepherd are relevant for Peter?

What does Jesus mean for Peter with His repeated commands about feeding and tending His sheep? How do you see Jesus restoring Peter and setting him up for leadership in this passage?

In verses 19 and 21, Jesus commands Peter with the words, “Follow me.” What is the Lord saying for Peter? How can we apply this in our own lives?

This is our final week in John for now. What have you learned about Jesus from this study? What have you learned about yourself? What will you do differently based on what you have learned? How could you take some of the things you have learned over the course of this study and share them with someone else?