These questions are connected to the message, Calm in the Chaos, from Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. You can watch it here.
Dive In: Read this passage slowly, a couple of times, in an unfamiliar translation of the Bible (e.g. New Living Translation, Contemporary English Version, Amplified Bible, or The Message) imagining yourself in the story as one of the disciples observing this conversation, or as Peter responding to Jesus. Take the chance to read it a couple times from a few different angles.
- What stood out to you as you read through this passage? Did that change as you change translations or perspectives?
- Prayer is often used in the Gospel of Luke to introduce a significant moment. Why do YOU think this is?
- In this week’s sermon we focused on the idea that our environment shapes us, for the good and the bad; what are some aspects of your environment that have a negative impact on your thinking? What are some that have a positive impact?
- The disciple’s revelation of who Jesus is here was found in quiet reflection and time alone with Jesus. In your life do you have intentional time like this? If so, share what it’s like. If not, what could it look like?
- Peter made a bold declaration about who Jesus is, and Jesus took it even further. What are some of the aspects you know and love about Jesus that are important to your understanding of him?
Act on it:
- This week, ask the Holy Spirit to be present in your quiet time of reflection with Jesus. Ask the Father for clarity in these moments in the areas you need it most.
- Spend time this week reflecting on the declarations made in this passage to prepare yourself for what Jesus says in the coming verses about his followers.