A SPIRIT CAFÉ DISCUSSION GUIDE
1. Welcome and introduce newcomers to the café
2. Open with a prayer for God’s guidance and presence
3. Ask everyone if they heard Sunday’s message.
April 18, 2021
THE UPRISING OF DISCIPLESHIP
Jesus has called us to a new identity….child of God. He’s taught us what it means, to love with a BIG LOVE versus a small love. He gave his life to demonstrate God’s love…”for God so loved the world he gave….”
And on Easter morning he rose, starting a new uprising. It is an uprising of life! An uprising of fellowship! And today it’s an uprising of discipleship. Jesus adds to our identity as a child of God, gives us a new way of seeing who we really are: A DISCIPLE.
21 1-3 After this, Jesus appeared again to the disciples, this time at the Tiberias Sea (the Sea of Galilee). This is how he did it: Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the brothers Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.” 3-4 The rest of them replied, “We’re going with you.” They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night. When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn’t recognize him. 5 Jesus spoke to them: “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?” They answered, “No.” 6 He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.” They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.
7-9 Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Master!” When Simon Peter realized that it was the Master, he threw on some clothes, for he was stripped for work, and dove into the sea. The other disciples came in by boat for they weren’t far from land, a hundred yards or so, pulling along the net full of fish. When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it.
10-11 Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught.” Simon Peter joined them and pulled the net to shore—153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn’t rip. 12 Jesus said, “Breakfast is ready.” Not one of the disciples dared ask, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Master. 13-14 Jesus then took the bread and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus had shown himself alive to the disciples since being raised from the dead.
15 After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Master, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Master, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.” 17-19 Then he said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. I’m telling you the very truth now: When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old you’ll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded, “Follow me.”
Three times Peter denied. Now, three times Peter affirmed. It was as if all Peter’s failures melted behind in the past, like a bad night of fishing after a great morning catch. The past and its failures didn’t count anymore. What counted was love….love for Jesus, love for his flock.
I think Jesus chose fishermen for a good reason. To be part of his uprising, we must be willing to fail a lot, and to keep trying. Fishermen know something about failing but keep trying. We will face long dark nights when nothing happens. But we can never give up hope.
Has Jesus caught us in his net of love? If so, now we go and spread the net for others. This is an uprising of discipleship. You are invited to come walk the road with Jesus, to live like Jesus and love like Jesus.
Current running Spirit Cafés (Bible Studies):
— From Sept. thru May, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:30p. Meet at Greg Truesdell’s in Lebanon. For more info. on the Men’s Ministry Spirit Café, contact Brent Jividen.
— Believers meet on various times of the month 6:00p-8:00p. For more info. on this Spirit Café, contact Dannie Glidden.
— WayneLeb meets various times of the month in Lebanon, originally started in Waynesville. 6:30p-8:30p. For more info. on this Spirit Café, contact Christine Bensman.
— Tuesday evening Spirit Cafe @7pm meets every week at the church. Contact Shawn Day for more info.
— Tammy Jennings hosts a Women’s Spirit Cafe twice a month on Monday evenings, 7pm at her home. Contact Tammy for more information.