Activate Week 1: The Comeback Kid — Grace > Guilt.
Have you ever felt guilty about something? You know the feeling—that knot in the pit of your stomach when you make a mistake, that weight on your shoulders when you’ve said or done something you know you shouldn’t have. That’s guilt, and it always has a way of showing up when you do something wrong. Whether it comes from a small, seemingly harmless choice or a big decision with heavy consequences, guilt is a powerful feeling. It leaves us feeling frustrated and disappointed because we know we aren’t living the way we should be. And as a result, it can cause us to pull back from our relationship with God. In other words, guilt can start to deactivate our faith. But what if it didn’t have to be this way? What if guilt could actually a good thing? That’s how it worked for one of Jesus’ followers—Peter. And as we look at the way Peter responded to his guilt—and more importantly, how Jesus responded to Peter’s guilt—we’ll see that even our guilt can activate a new and powerful reaction in our faith.
GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To help students understand that when they sin and stumble, God's grace will lead them back towards him.
Mark 14:27-31 - "And Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee." Peter said to him, "Even though they all fall away, I will not." And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." But he said emphatically, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all said the same."
John 21:15-19 - "When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go." (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, "Follow me."