The Disciple: Forgiveness
November 22, 2020
The Disciple Sermon Series
Final Message: Forgiveness
November 22, 2020
Lombard Bible Church
What are the problems with Peter? (Matthew 26:31-35)
What do we notice about Peter’s denials of Jesus? (Matthew 26:69-75)
What do we notice about Jesus’ re-instatement of Peter? (John 21:15-19)
Your own notes:
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (great to go over with your spouse, friend, or LifeGroup!)
- Name a time you made a big mistake and it caused a big mess (extra points for hilarity)
- Everyone makes mistakes (Peter did too), but Jesus forgave Peter and still used Peter for wonderful things after his big missteps. Read Matthew 26:31-35, Matthew 26:69-75, and John 21:15-19. What did you hear from the Scriptures or the message this past Sunday?
- Peter confesses his sin story (Matthew 26:69-75) for the whole church to learn from. In contrast, right after Peter’s sin story comes Judas’ sin story (Matthew 27:1-5). What are the similarities between the way Peter responded to his own sin to the way Judas responded? What are the differences?
- Read 2 Corinthians 7:10. What does it look like to have godly sorrow for our sins (like Peter) instead of worldly sorrow for our sins (like Judas)?
- Read John 21:15-19. Who does Jesus want to feed and tend his lambs & sheep (the young and old in church)? Why would Jesus want to use Peter to take care of His church if Peter sinned so greatly in denying Jesus three times?
- Split up into guys & girls: “How can we pray for you?”
- Optional activity: Set up the expectations first: “What’s said here, stays here unless what you say endangers yourself or someone else. We’re going to have an open time of confession of sin. James 5:16 encourages us to confess our sins to each other & pray for one another that we may be healed. After each confession, pray in love and forgiveness for that person.