Well, the holidays are over and somehow it really feels good to get back into our routines. One of those routines being our study of the Gospel of Luke.
Have you ever messed something up royally…I mean, done something that you wish everyone would just forget forever, including yourself? I know I have a huge file labeled “cringe” that every once in a while a folder will slip out of and I have to be reminded of how very prone I am to messing things up. In the passage we’re going to look at this Sunday, Jesus is going to preemptively point out a huge failure that Simon Peter is going to experience.
As you read the passage, how do you imagine Jesus saying these things…that is, how do you read his emotional response; angry, sad, irritated, or what? Imagine that YOU are the one who’s going to screw up (like Peter), and then imagine that Jesus’ words are being spoken to you. How does that read – do his words leave you hopeful or condemned? Is this different from how you imagine God’s response when you fall short and sin? What can we take away from this?
v35-38 have always been somewhat troubling. Jesus’ meaning is not very clear on the surface. Does reading the Message Paraphrase add any insight for you into what Jesus may be trying to say? Do you find any connection between Jesus’ identification of an Enemy (Satan) and his warning in v35-37?
The Small Groups are going to launch after Sunday, and group leaders may want to pull some of the questions posed here to supplement the questions already provided to you. If you don’t have a leader’s guide, you can download the PDF for this week’s passage here: leaders guide 22-31-38
Please make the commitment to get involved in one of the home groups that are starting – it is vital for our church to make deeper community connections. Remember, everything about the Christian life is expressed in the context of community – to grow with God we MUST grow closer to other people. If you need to know what home groups are available, you can download the PDF of the home group list here: small group flyer