Finding Hope-Part I

Series: Finding Hope

Title: Part 1

Date: April 22/23, 2017

Speaker: Geoff Surratt


Big Idea:

Past failure doesn’t determine future hope. With failure there is a difference between guilt and shame. Guilt = I did something bad. Shame = I am bad. Dealing with shame requires reaching out to others and owning the story. Remember: Hope is restored in relationship.

Passage: John 21:1-17

Discuss It:

·       Read John 21:1-17

·       Concerning shame, Brene Brown states, “Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging”. In what ways have you experienced this dynamic in your own life?

·       Concerning guilt, she states, “We feel guilty when we hold up something we’ve done or failed to do against our values and find they don’t match up. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, but one that’s helpful.” Have you ever experienced guilt as being helpful in your journey?

·       How would you describe the difference between shame and guilt?

·       In verse 15, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me more than these?” If the ‘these’ refers to anything keeping us from experiencing God’s love or anything we pursue more than Jesus, what comes to mind when you think of the ‘these’ in your own life?

·       As Jesus restores Peter, we see that Peter’s failures do not overcome who Jesus is and Jesus’ plan for Peter’s life. How does this truth speak into your own failures and shortcomings in life?

·       When Peter answers Jesus’ question, what does Jesus tell him to do? (v. 16-17)

·       In what ways does being in community overcome shame in our life?

·       In what ways does being in community encourage hope for the future?

·       How is the hope level in your life?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?