Reflection Questions on John 21:15-19

Sunday, March 22, 2020

There have been many opinions on what churches should do since we are unable to meet physically. Personally, I want to distinguish what we're doing online from what we do week-to-week when we are able to meet physically. I don't see our meeting virtually by video to be the same thing as our regular gatherings. 

Online "gatherings" simply cannot replace what we have when the people of God come together in the same location and partake of the means of grace together. And yet, I see opportunity in using the means we have with modern technology to encourage one another while we are unable to meet physically.

In light of that, I commend to you this podcast from 9Marks: On When the Church Can't Gather    

In lieu of meeting this Sunday, we will be considering the next passage of Scripture in our sermon series through John, John 21:15-19. The teaching on this passage will be sent out either via prerecorded video or be taught live via Zoom meetings. If we use Zoom, we will attempt to record the teaching and send it out to the church for those who are not able to join us via Zoom.

Read the text: John 21:15-19

Read the text summary: Do you ever feel like you’ve messed up so bad that you can never come back from it? That there’s nothing you could ever do to make up for your failings? If so, let the example of Peter encourage you. In this passage, Jesus reinstates Peter as a disciple and apostle even though Peter had explicitly denied Jesus. Jesus reinstates Peter with a question repeated three times… Do you love me? It is a question posed not only to Peter, but to us, the readers, as well. Do you love Jesus? Peter’s responses signal that his disposition has changed. No longer is he the brash, arrogant disciple who boldly pronounces his own strength. Rather, with his heart laid bare before Jesus, Peter simply appeals to the knowledge of his Lord. Jesus commissions Peter to feed his sheep and tells him what this will entail… suffering and even martyrdom in following Jesus.

Reflection Questions: Spend some time over the next few days reflecting on the following questions: What clues do we have in the text that this is a restoration of Peter? What does it mean to love Jesus (especially according to the rest of the book of John)? What contrasts do you see between Peter's earlier words and his disposition in this passage? What commission does Jesus give to Peter and how does it still have implications for today?

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