Among the last words of Jesus to Peter, John 21 provides teaching for church leaders on loving the people of God. Part 3 of 3.Audio File Lecture Outline Detailed Outline
- John tells us that Jesus’ words in verses 18 and 19 were intended to indicate to Peter how he would die for serving Him. Why does Jesus not speak more directly about Peter’s death? (For example, “Peter, in time to come you are going to die for following Me, and you will die by crucifixion.”)
- How do you think Jesus’ words to Peter about his future death apply to those who will read John’s Gospel, years later?
- How do you see people comparing themselves with other Christians to their own detriment, and to the detriment of the church? What biblical texts or truths help us to think rightly about comparing our circumstances with those of other saints?
- Using a concordance, look up the occurrences of the expression, “Truly, truly. . .” in the Gospel of John. What does this expression tell us concerning what is about to be said? How does that help us understand John 21:18-23?
- Pray and ask the Lord to show you any hint of pride or comparison with others that you may be harboring in your heart. Write down what it is you are doing or thinking in your heart and write down next to it why that is wrong or counter productive to shepherding God’s people. Then confess it to God asking the Holy Spirit to infuse you afresh with God’s love, so that you are empowered to love others.