Date: May 15, 2016
The Point: God can redeem us from even our worst failures.
- Get Into the Study
- Study the Bible
- Additional Questions
- Member Extra
- Tips for Leading Bible Study Groups
Get Into the Study
Use the following movie clip and discussion as an optional opening to today’s session.
Too often failure and fear keeps us from getting back up and going again. In the movie Eddie the Eagle we see the dreams, failures, and successes of a man who constantly failed but had a deep rooted determination to keep going. The story is of a winter Olympian who started too late in life, was a social misfit, and had a lack of support from anyone other than his mom.
Before your group time take a few minutes to watch the trailer or enjoy the whole movie so you can help share the story. Click here to see the trailer.
Ask: “Do you have a childhood memory of failing at something athletic? If so, what is it?”
Make sure to have your own story ready to share so you can give your group the gift of “going second” in case some aren’t ready to share their failures first. Once a few stories have been shared show the clip “70 Meter Jump.”
Then ask: How might you react after such a devastating fall?
As you move to the biblical passage for today share a little of Eddie’s story and how he ended up as a true Olympian.
—Dr. Beth Masters works with college students at Mississippi College where she is the Director of Christian Life and Ministries. She has a PhD in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Beth loves to bake and drink coffee.
Study the Bible
Read or summarize the following material to complement your group’s exploration of Peter’s failure.
In a way, Peter’s story is the one that none of us want, but all of us have. He went down in history as the man who denied the Jesus he loved — not once or twice, but three times — when the going got tough enough. His word seemed to be worthless after that event, and yet just a few chapters later we see him boldly proclaiming that Jesus is the Savior of the world. The Holy Spirit came to Peter, and he was never the same.
In today’s world, people love watching each other fail. There are whole blogs, Tumblrs and YouTube channels dedicated to the funny (or not so funny) failures of others. Something about knowing that our peers fail allows us to be less afraid of our own failure, and yet failure is the thing we work the hardest to hide and to redeem. But like Peter, we have failed. And like Peter, with faith in Jesus Christ, we’ve already been redeemed.
There is nothing we can do, no failure too great to keep us from the great redemption of life in Christ.
— Ashley Emmert wrote this Leader Extra. She is a freelance writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her sweet Southern husband and their small scrappy dogs. Find her at ashleygraceemmert.com or on Twitter @ashgemmert.
- Who do you admire because they made a comeback after a defeat? (politics, athletics, real life story)
- What are some lessons you have learned from failure?
- If you could have a mulligan, a do-over, in your life, what would it be?
- In what ways do Christians deny Jesus today?
- What are some circumstances when believers fail to step up and defend their faith?
- How do you respond when you experience failure?
- How is Peter different in Luke 22 and Acts 4?
- How can our failures become a testimony to God’s grace and forgiveness?
- How has God restored you after a failure?
- What encouragement do you take from Peter’s story?
- What difficult chapter in your life can God redeem and use to help others?
- What does “being with Jesus” look like today?
- What characteristics would be evident in others that would cause you to determine they had been with Jesus?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional: