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Key Thought:

No matter what you have done in life you have a second chance through Jesus Christ.


Key Quote

“It’s a sin not to live up to your potential.” – Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is your dream job?
  • If you had to sing karaoke what song would you pick?
  • What “First World” inconveniences do you face today?
  • What’s the funniest fail you’ve ever seen?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Can someone struggle with a negative pattern of behavior and still be a genuine Christian? Why or why not?
  • What is the problem with following Jesus from a distance?
  • Peter betrayed Jesus, but Jesus loved him anyway. What does that mean to you?
  • Why does God set standards for His people?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • How close are you following Christ?
  • How do you react, inwardly and outwardly, when someone fails you?
  • Jesus is a God of second chances. How has Jesus given you a second chance?
  • If wasting your potential is a sin, how can you make sure you don’t waste it?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, help us to be authentic disciples of you. Even if it’s inconvenient, shape us and mold us to become lights in our community. We want to be proud, bold, and confident Christians everywhere we go. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • A true disciple wants to be like their teacher in every way possible. Identify an area in your life that you are denying Jesus and choosing to live your own way. Once you do that find an accountability partner in your LifeGroup to help you in the process of surrendering that area to Jesus.
  • One of the main points of the message is that following Jesus is often difficult and inconvenient. Being a Christian is not easy, but an intimate relationship with Christ is always worth it. If you’ve found yourself following Jesus from a distance, begin living out your faith in a way that stretches you as you grow in your walk with Him.
  • A true disciple guards one’s heart from the little threats of sin as much as the big threats of sin. Take time to evaluate where your heart is at risk and implement steps to guard your heart. It may be changing the movies and shows you watch, the books and magazines you read, the websites you visit, or the way you speak to others especially those you love.
  • Ask those closest to you where they see you missing the mark on your potential, then devise a plan to stop sinning in this area and ask them to help you remain accountable to the plan.


Scriptures

On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ …Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same. Matthew 26:31-35 NLT

At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew 26:56b NLT

Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to…the high priest… Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end. Matthew 26:57-58 NLT

Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus..” ..Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. 73 A little later …bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly. Matthew 26:69-75 NLT

…Peter went out and cried hard. Matthew 26:75 CEV

Jesus asked Simon Peter, “..do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”. “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”. “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.18 “I tell you the truth…when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” John 21:15-18 NLT

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV


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