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Small Group Questions

November 18, 2018
Matthew 14:25-31, Mark 14:66-72, John 21:15-17, Acts 4:8-12

Get To Know You
1)   Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving memories from when you were growing up? What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions today?
Into the Text
2)   Read Matthew 14:25-31. Peter began to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus and instead focused on the wind and waves. Why is it so difficult to stay focused on Jesus?    
3)   To step out of a boat and onto (into) the water was quite a step of faith for Peter. Would you be willing to step out on faith like that if Jesus called you? Why, or why not? 
4)   Read Mark 14:66-72. It is easy for us to condemn Peter for denying Jesus, but if we're honest about it we sometimes deny Jesus also. What are some ways that we deny Jesus today?  
5)   Because of his relationship with Jesus, Peter feared for his life in those moments. People in parts of the world must fear for their lives today because of their faith in Jesus. How informed are you about the persecuted church? How can we help our persecuted brothers and sisters in other parts of the world?
6)   Read John 21:15-17. Why did Jesus ask Peter the same question three different times? What, if anything, does that say to us about God's forgiveness of our sins?
7)   Jesus told Peter to "Feed my lambs" and it is generally accepted that Christ followers are called to the same thing today. Who are Jesus' "lambs," and what does it look like to "feed his lambs" in 2018?   
8)   Read Acts 4:8-12. Peter told the Sanhedrin that our hope is in Jesus and that "Salvation is found in no one else." In a culture that places a high priority on tolerance, how can we proclaim that message today, and do so in a way that people are willing to hear?   
9)  Is there someone you need to forgive for failing you in some way? Is there someone from whom you need to seek forgiveness because of some way that you have failed him/her? Prayerfully ask God to help you with that.