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Lesson: From Failure to Freedom

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This is simply a guide for you to follow as you lead your group. Below is a recommended worship song, icebreaker, and flow for your B-Group experience.

Worship Song: “Been So Good” by Bethany Music

Prayer: Always begin and end with prayer.

Icebreaker Question: If you could meet one disciple, who would it be and why?

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LESSON

Key Scripture: Luke 22:24-34

The Big Idea:

In Luke 22, we find the disciples arguing over who is the greatest in their group. Peter boasted about his love for Jesus, but, 24 verses later, denied he even knew Jesus. This would be a great source of sorrow for Peter, but the love of Jesus would lead him to repentance.


Main Points:

  1. Repentance vs. Regret

    • Regret is concerned with consequences and loss.
    • Repentance is concerned about what you’ve done to Christ.
  2. Restoration

    • Peter’s failure had a residual effect on his confidence.
    • Peter was riddled with shame, but “perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18).
  3. Freedom

    • Peter walked from failure to forgiveness and then into freedom!
    • On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached to a crowd, and 3,000 people came to know Jesus and were baptized!


Discussion Questions:

Failure comes when we revert to our old way of thinking before salvation. Do you find yourself competing with those around you or constantly critical of others? Have you ever been a “Peter”—adamant you would never do something only to find yourself right back where you started?

In verse 32, Jesus tells Peter, “I have pleaded in prayer for you.” Jesus longs for you to repent and turn to Him to be strengthened. Is there an area of your life you have been holding on to? Maybe your pride won’t allow you to drop an offense or tell someone you have wronged that you are sorry. What do you think is holding you back from allowing God to work in your life so you can live fully free?


Challenge:

What a powerful story we see as we watch Peter walk from failure into a life so set free he literally won thousands for Jesus! Take some time this week to reflect on the goodness of God and His ultimate sacrifice for you and me; He gave His only Son so we can live abundantly in Him!

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“The Bible never says God is power but it does say God is LOVE.”
—--Jonathan Stockstill "Jesus Our Healer"