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May 05, 2019

Shame, Grace, Fish and Sheep

Shame, Grace, Fish and Sheep

Passage: John 21:1-14

Teacher: Matt Krick

Series: Practicing Resurrection


Discussion Questions:

What resonated most with you about this passage and teaching?

In Luke 5:8, when Jesus was first calling his disciples, Peter said, "Get away from me, Lord, for I'm a sinful man." What might that statement tell us about Peter?

Imagine the disciples, after their teacher was killed. What do you think were some of the thoughts going through their minds? Why would it make sense, in Peter's mind, for him to go back to fishing? 

Talk about the two situations where the word "anthrakian", meaning a heap of burning coals, is used, both in relation to Peter. The first, in the courtyard, where he denied knowing Christ 3 times, then the second, on the beach, where the resurrected Jesus invited him back into his true calling. What insight can we gain from the parallels in those situations?

What are some antidotes to shame? What did Peter need in order to get past his shame? Brené Brown says, "Owning our story is difficult, but not as difficult as running from it." Do you agree that we have to confront our shame in order to walk out of it? What makes that difficult?

He asked Peter, "Do you love me more than these?" What was the "these" for Peter? If Jesus said to us, "Do you love me more than _________?", what kinds of things would go in that blank space? 

When you think of "giving yourself for the sake of the world", what kind of feelings are associated with that? (Guilt, duty, joy, obligation, fear, shame, loss, freedom?) What does it take to approach that purpose with a joyful and light spirit? To know in our hearts that that is our true calling?

In what ways do you hope to integrate elements of this text into your life this week?