Study Questions (Suggested time: 40 min)
1) In verses 1-5, the disciples fish all night, some of them are professional fishermen yet they are unable to catch a single fish.
- How defeated do you think Peter felt?
- Have you experienced those periods in your life?
2) The scene we see in v 6-7 is very similar to the one we see earlier in the gospel story, but there are some striking differences.
Read Luke 5:4-10
- In what ways are Peter’s reactions different?
- What has Peter seen Jesus do or heard Him say that might explain this different reaction?
3) In verses 15-19, Jesus calls Peter to be a Shepherd, and He tells Peter it’s a calling that will eventually lead to his death. Peter’s ability to live on mission seems to be rooted in Jesus’s simple question, “Do you love me?”
Read Luke 7:41-48
- Peter had denied Jesus, and yet here Jesus is. What do you think Jesus was trying to teach Peter by asking him the same question three times?
- Is failure final? Why or why not?
- Sometimes, it can be easy to beat ourselves up for past mistakes. How does loving Jesus and trusting his forgiveness help you put past mistakes into perspective?
4) In verses 18-24, Jesus tells Peter the type of death he would receive. Immediately, he turns to John and asks Jesus, “What about him?”
- It’s hard not to compare ourselves to others. In what areas do you often find yourself comparing (finances, skills, appearance, opportunity, etc.)?
- Is Jesus being unfair if our story is different from someone else’s story?
- In John 14:15 Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands.” Now in Chapter 21 Jesus implores, “Follow me!” Are you ready to respond to that calling?
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