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By Leigh Mackenzie
Study Questions for Groups
1. With whom did you share the message and hope of Resurrection last week?
2. From this past week, what are you thankful for? (Be specific . . . more than, “I’m thankful for a good day” or “a great family.”)
Ask three people—two readers and one reteller—for their help. Ask the first reader to read John 21:1-14, 24, 25 aloud. Then ask the second person to read it again, perhaps from a different version.
Ask the third person to retell the narrative in about 60 seconds. Remind them to keep it simple, focusing on the essence of the narrative.
3. What is a highlight in this narrative for you?
4. Imagine you are one of the disciples. Describe the scene using as many sensory details as you can. Discuss each of the following, one at a time, for the whole narrative:
- What do you see?
- What do you feel with your sense of touch?
- What do you hear?
- What do you smell?
- What do you taste?
- What thoughts and feelings did the disciples experience at different times?
5. As you look at Jesus’ interactions with the disciples, what do you learn about God?
6. Again imagine you were in the boat with your companions and then on the shore with Jesus. What do you learn about yourself as you hear Jesus’ words?
7. What does it look like for you to “throw your net on the right side of the boat”—in other words, to do something that doesn’t seem logical at first?
- In what area do you need to obey God, even though it will take hard work and you can’t see how it will succeed?
8. In what situation this week can you testify about the things Jesus has done in your life?
9. Based on the passage and our discussion, complete this sentence: This week, I will . . .
10. What one big challenge are you facing this week?
For Next Week: Read and reflect on Deuteronomy 4:5-9; 7:6-9; 10:12-22; and Leviticus 9:23, 24 this upcoming week, as we begin a new study about being “Wholly His.” You can also read next week’s supplemental Bible texts as well as the Study and Application sections as part of your own personal study. (As a reminder, we won’t read or discuss these extra materials in our group session next week, but they will help you grow in your own faith.)