Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

John 15:1-11
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
       
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
       9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

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Galatians 5:22-23
The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

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“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
– John Piper

Matthew 7:24-27
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

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Small Group Questions
  1. How does knowing Jesus as the true vine change your relationship with him?
  2. Is there a time when you felt pruned by God, and it led to growth? Tells us about it. What did that growth look like?
  3. What are some common obstacles that keep Christians from abiding in Jesus?
  4. John 15 is about joy. How does that change the way you read it?
  5. If the joy Jesus promises isn’t the same as happiness, what is it and how does it help us in times of trouble?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Finding our way home: John 14:1–6
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

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Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
        6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

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For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14

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Without the way there is no going.
Without the truth there is no knowing.
Without the life there is no living.
– Chuck Swindoll

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“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy,
the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Small Group Questions
  1. Grant’s favorite movie is Braveheart. What is yours, and why?
  2. What did you love about home growing up? What didn’t you love about home growing up? How does the promise of a heavenly home affect your day-to-day life?
  3. Read John 14:1–6. What strikes you about this conversation between Jesus and his disciples?
  4. Read each of the three statements: I am the way, I am the truth, and I am the life. How has Jesus fulfiledl each of these descriptors in your life?
  5. Have you encountered other belief systems or people that struggle with the exclusive claims of Jesus? How do you respond?
  6. How can we pray for your right now and throughout the week?

 

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

John 11
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 

Connection with Jesus crisis draws us toward him crisis.

 

So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

wants for them exactly what want for them!

 

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 

There is is every affliction.

  

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
     8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

Loving well always involves .

  

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
     11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
     12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
     14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
     16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
     17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
     21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
     23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
     24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
     32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

It’s OK to ask, “, God?”

  

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
     “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
     35 Jesus wept.
     36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” 
   38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
     “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
     40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
     41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
     43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
     Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Jesus is the resurrection and the life!

Small Group Questions

  1. What’s your favorite thing about spring? Where do you see new life in the spring season?
  2. What is the sickest you have ever been? Why do you believe we take wellness for granted?
  3. Read the entire story of John 11. What are some things you learn about the character of Jesus throughout the story?
  4. What has Jesus resurrected or newly birthed in your life? How did you see him work in the dead areas of your life prior to doing this miracle?
  5. At the end of the story, Jesus tells the people to take off the grave clothes and let Lazarus go. What do you need to release today so that God can bring new life to you?
  6. What do you need prayer for today?

 

Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

John 10:11-18
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

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Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

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I am

What makes the good shepherd good?

The good shepherd (verses 12-13)

The good shepherd (verse 14)

The good shepherd (verse 15)

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Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
      He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
      he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
      for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
      through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
      for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
      they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
      my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
      all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
      forever.

 

Small Group Questions

  1. Have you ever kept sheep or been to a sheep farm? What was it like?
  2. Why is it important that Jesus claims to be the good shepherd instead of just a good shepherd? What does that change for you and me?
  3. For the good shepherd’s voice to increase in your life, what are some of the voices or influences that need to decrease?
  4. John 10 shows us that the good shepherd stays with us in times of challenge; he knows us perfectly; and he lays down his life for us. Which of these statements resonates most deeply with you and why?
  5. How does knowing Jesus as the good shepherd bring you comfort and security?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

Josh Lease, Student Ministries Pastor

John 10:1–6
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Therefore Jesus said again,
“Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.”
John 10:7

In calling himself the gate, Jesus is saying he is our  

A gate is an to an area that would normally be closed off

“All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” – John 10:8–9

Jesus is portraying himself as the gate between and

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10

Through Jesus we can experience God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven

“You can grow into a person of happiness, even in times of great suffering. The kind of person who is not afraid of suffering or even of death, who is free of the emotional need for things to go your own way. You can fulfill your purpose. You can even learn to do many of the incredible things Jesus did. To see the signs of his kingdom manifest in your ordinary life. It’s possible-all of it.”
– John Mark Comer in Practicing The Way

The Lord God banished [Adam] from the Garden of Eden. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. – Genesis 3:23–24

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

What other gates are you trying to find life in?

Small Group Questions

  1. Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Why? 
  2. How does hearing that Jesus is the gate make you feel? What do you think he means when he says he is the gate?
  3. In your understanding, what is Jesus is the gate to? 
  4. Where are you currently trying to find life? What doors are you using to gain access to life?
  5. How might you take Jesus up on his offer of being the gate to life and life to the full?
  6. What needs to change in order for you to organize your life around Jesus? 
  7. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

[Jesus] said, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12

Light: illumination that makes possible

A biblical description of light: 1 John 1:5-7
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Light is (vs. 5)

Light penetrates and exposes (vs. 6)

Light (vs. 7)

John 8:12
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Without , there is no light.

Matthew 5:14-16
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Being light demands (vs. 14)

Being light requires (vs. 15)

Being light reflects the (vs. 16)

A caution to the “light bearers”: is the exposing light, not !

My personal assertion:
My light shines most brightly when I .

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Small Group Questions

  1. Did you watch the eclipse? Why or why not?
  2. Are you or have you ever been afraid of the dark? Why?
  3. Read John 8:12 and 1 John 1:5-7. What do you learn about the character of God through these verses?
  4. In what situations do you struggle to let your light shine? What causes you to cover the light when Jesus has asked you to shine?
  5. Have you witnessed a good deed that you know was connected to someone’s love for Jesus? What happened?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Exodus 16:11–15
11 “The LORD said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites, Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.’”
         
13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning, there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.
         Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 

I am .

I am .

I can you.

I keep my .

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John 6:35-40
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

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Jesus answered,
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:4

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Questions

Who do you rely on for your soul sustenance?

Is God truly enough for you?

Will you eat of the bread that lasts forever?

Small Group Questions

  1. What did you do to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus this past week?
  2. What’s your favorite kind of bread? Why?
  3. Read John 6. What parallels do you see between Jesus and bread?
  4. Grant pointed out four claims of Jesus: I am God, I am enough, I can sustain you, I keep my promises. Where have you seen God prove these claims to you in your own life? Is there one that you struggle with because God hasn’t shown up in the way you needed/wanted?
  5. What promise of God do you cling to in times to stress and trouble?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Luke 23:32–42
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
         35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
         36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 
         38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the “King of the Jews”.
         39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

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40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
         42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

A word of forgiveness
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

A word of relationship
“Woman, behold, your son! . . . Behold, your mother!” John 19:26-27

A word of despair
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22:1

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A word of humanity
“I thirst.” John 19:28; Psalm 69:21

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A word of triumph
“It is finished.” John 19:30

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A word of reunion
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” Luke 23:46; Psalm 31:5

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A word of salvation
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

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Mark 16:2–7
Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
         But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
         “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

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Small Group Questions

  1. What’s something you enjoyed about this Easter season? What did Jesus do in your life?
  2. Have you ever been treated like a criminal? What happened and how did you feel?
  3. What do you learn about your own salvation and theological perspective from Jesus saving the thief on the cross?
  4. Which word from the cross speaks to your heart today?
  5. How can you make your life count for the living Jesus in the coming week?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

Emily Jamieson, Guest Speaker

 

Luke 19:28–44
28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

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32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
        34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
        35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

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37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

        39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
        40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

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41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
        43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.

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Luke 23:26 (English Standard Version)
And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.

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Luke 9:23 (English Standard Version)
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

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Mark 8:34–37 (The Message Paraphrase)
Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?

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Only with Jesus is the way to .

 

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

A Story of Yes: Matthew 4:18–22

18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and followed him. 
       21 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. 22 They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.

God’s invitation to a potential disciple:
  • —leave your current location and join me on a compelling mission
  • —the opposite of lead
  • —a fisher of people (there’s a new goal)
John 1:43–51 (New Living Translation)

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.”
          44 Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. 45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”
          46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
         
“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.
          47 As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”
          
48 “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.
          49 Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”
          
50 Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.”

A personal invitation: “Come and .”

47 As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”

This is a gentle but sarcastic moment. Jesus is having some fun!

48 “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.
          Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you. 49 Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”
          
50 Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.”

A heartbreaking statement you hear in the counseling world: Hurt people hurt people.

But when Jesus steps into the conversation:

Forgiven people people.

Healed people people.

Found people people.

Invited people people.

These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
Acts 17:6b (New King James Version)

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13

Small Group Questions

  1. What did you do on the first warm day of this season?
  2. What do you think of when you hear the word disciple?
  3. Which of the three calls (Come, Follow, and Become) is the most compelling to you? Why?
  4. What is the main excuse you use for not inviting people into a relationship with Jesus? How can you partner with God to overcome that struggle?
  5. Read Nathanael’s conversation with Jesus. What stands out to you about how Jesus connects with this new follower? How can you apply Jesus’ strategy in your own invitations?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?