11 Apr Discussion Guide: How To Follow Jesus Christ Week 2
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we continue our new sermon series that will focus on what discipleship looks like through the lens of the life of the Apostle Peter. The series is titled How to Follow Jesus Christ. Over the the course of this series we will be discussing who it is that God has called us to be as Christians, the motivation behind that calling, and what that calling looks like when lived out in our every day lives.
Out On The Water
If you are a Christian, how would you describe the difference between living life from your own strength, versus living life through the supernatural power of Jesus?
“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.”
Jesus made his disciples get in that boat knowing the storm was coming. This was His will for them.
What does it mean to walk in God’s will for your life?
How can we know if we are walking in God’s will for our life?
Has God ever lead you into a situation where you experienced discomfort, frustration, heartache or pain?
Wh might God do that?
“And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.”
What do you think was going through Peter’s mind as he contemplated stepping out of that boat?
Have you ever taken a risk like that for Jesus?
What is the correlation between following Jesus and taking risks?
“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Peter had forgotten who had called him out of the boat, and began to sink under the realization and fear that his own strength was not enough to keep his head above water.
Why do you think Peter lost his focus on Jesus?
How has this past year challenged, or maybe even prevented, you from keeping your focus on Jesus?
What does it feel like to sink under the realization and fear that your strength is not enough?
How might Jesus be reaching out His hand to take hold of you in the midst of that fear and doubt? In other words, what might it look like to walk in His strength through the storms you face in life?