Getting started is often the hardest part of any effort. Fortunately for Peter, when he started to follow Jesus, he found help from his brother. Influencing others to find and follow Jesus is the heart of our mission. Let’s explore the value of introducing other people to Jesus.
Read John 1:35-42 and consider reading the expanded passage from John 1:29-51.
What do you notice about the people who met Jesus, how they were introduced to him, and how they responded to meeting him?
What are some ways that our faith and Christian practice faces a danger of drifting away from a focus on Jesus?
How has knowing Jesus changed your life? What truth that Jesus speaks about you do you most need to hold onto right now?
Who has influenced you to find and follow Jesus? How did they influence you and how did key moments in your life contribute to your finding and following or recommitting to follow Jesus? Consider how you could express gratitude to those people and take a moment to thank God for the people and life events that helped you meet Jesus.
Ask Jesus to help you become more aware of people you could influence to start (or re-start) following him. This week, begin listening for others who talk about something in their life that is missing, broken, or new. Consider inviting them to, “Come sit with me,” at LifePoint Church or how you could influence them to find and follow Jesus.
When Jesus Restores…
Receiving forgiveness and experiencing restoration can become pivotal moments that shape our character. Peter received a course correction for life as Jesus gently but powerfully restored their relationship and Peter’s role. Together, we can grow deeper into Jesus’...
Failing is a common but disappointing life experience that always seems to catch us by surprise. When our failures are placed into the hand of Jesus, he can use even our shortcomings to fuel our growth. Let’s discover the part failure played in Peter’s life and how we...
As God has forgiven us, we are to forgive each other. In the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, Jesus is teaching His disciples, and us by extension, that forgiveness should be in like proportion to the amount forgiven. The first servant had been forgiven all, and he...
Peter’s Confession and Jesus’ Church
Jesus accomplishes his mission through his Church, but our part in a local church can be challenging as well as rewarding. In Matthew 16, we discover part of the foundation for God’s work through his Church and our part in it. How might God be calling you to be part...
Get Back in the Boat
Fear can creep into our lives at any time, especially when our happiness, comfort, or success is threatened. As we’ll see from Peter’s example, following Jesus doesn’t automatically eliminate our fears. However, we can also see how our fears fade into the background...
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