Confirming and Denying – John 18:1-27
- Read Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; Ecclesiastes 12:13
- How does the fear of God connect to COVID-19 and other crises we might face?
- Read John 18:1-9,12; 13:36-38; Mark 10:45
- How did Jesus seem to approach God’s will for him to suffer and die?
- Read John 18:10,11; Matthew 16:21-23
- How did Peter respond to God’s will for Jesus, described by Jesus Himself?
- How do we sometimes respond in a like manner as Peter did?
- Read John 18:13,14,19-21,24; 11:45-51,53
- How would you summarize the way that Jesus handled himself under questioning?
- Read John 18:17,18,25-27; Luke 22:60-62
- What surprises you and what doesn’t surprise you about Peter’s responses?
- In what ways have you responded like Peter?
- Read Matthew 16:24
- What does this verse look like, in the midst of temptation?
- Read I Peter 5:5,6
- How does humility fit into our desire to follow Jesus and not to deny Him?
- Read Psalm 51:17; James 5:16
- What does brokenness and confession look like in the context of failure?
- What is one thing that caught your attention in this passage of Scripture (John 18:1-27) and how can you respond to it in a God-honoring way?
CONFIRMING AND DENYING
Jesus confirmed that His arrest was the will of God (vs.1-9,12; 13:36-38;
Peter denied that Jesus’ arrest was God’s will (vs.10,11; Matthew 16:21-23)
Application: We must deny ourselves and confirm the will of God
Jesus confirmed that He has lived openly and honestly (vs.13,14,19-21,24; 11:45-51,53)
Peter denied knowing His Lord and Savior (vs.17,18,25-27; Luke 22:60-62)
Application: We must remain humble, fight temptation and then with failure, confess our sins
- We must be humble and remain humble (I Peter 5:5,6)
- Be broken about your sin and be restored to relationship (Psalm 51:17; James 5:16)