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After Jesus’ disciples obey his instruction and catch a lot of fish he invites them to eat with him on the shore, where he engages Peter about love and calls him to a life of discipleship. Christ has instructed us to engage the lost, commune with him and live a life of discipleship driven by his love.
John chapter 21 can be divided into four sections: Mandate (1-6), Men (7-14), Motivation (15-17) and Mindset (18-23):
- Mandate. In verses 1-6 Jesus’ disciples follow his instruction and catch a lot of fish (vs 6). How are you are following Jesus’ command to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20)? Discuss with your community group creative ways to go fishing (engage the people God has put around you with the gospel) and celebrate ways the Lord has used you to bring people to him.
- Men. In verses 7-14 Jesus invites his disciples to eat with him. How are you consistently communing with Christ? Each person share with the community one or two recent things you have gleaned from your time with Jesus.
- Motivation. In verses 15-17 Jesus asks Peter if he loves him. Are you driven by the grace and unconditional love of God or do you act out of a belief that you must do something to be accepted by God? Spend some time combing through Scripture for passages that tell of God’s grace and unconditional love.
- Mindset. In verses 18-23 Jesus calls Peter to a life of discipleship. Spend some time in prayer as a group and ask God what he would have you do. Discuss with your community the next step the Spirit is leading you to take then hold one another accountable to trust and obey.