Hindrances to Leadership

Series: Lessons from John 21
Presenter: Bob Deffinbaugh

Among the last words of Jesus to Peter, John 21 provides teaching for church leaders on loving the people of God. Part 3 of 3.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. Why was Peter concerned about John?
Peter was still prone to comparing himself with the other disciples.
2. What error was John trying to correct by including verses 18 and 19, and how did these words correct it?
The error or danger of maintaining control of our lives rather than submitting to Christ’s control. As we get older, we become more aware that He is in control, not us.
3. What is a major concern for people as they grow in ministry?
The fear that they will lose control.

Discuss It

  1. John tells us that Jesus’ words in verses 18 and 19 were intended to indicate to Peter how he would die for serving Him. Why does Jesus not speak more directly about Peter’s death? (For example, “Peter, in time to come you are going to die for following Me, and you will die by crucifixion.”)
  2. How do you think Jesus’ words to Peter about his future death apply to those who will read John’s Gospel, years later?
  3. How do you see people comparing themselves with other Christians to their own detriment, and to the detriment of the church? What biblical texts or truths help us to think rightly about comparing our circumstances with those of other saints?

Apply It

  1. Using a concordance, look up the occurrences of the expression, “Truly, truly. . .” in the Gospel of John. What does this expression tell us concerning what is about to be said? How does that help us understand John 21:18-23?
  2. Pray and ask the Lord to show you any hint of pride or comparison with others that you may be harboring in your heart. Write down what it is you are doing or thinking in your heart and write down next to it why that is wrong or counter productive to shepherding God’s people. Then confess it to God asking the Holy Spirit to infuse you afresh with God’s love, so that you are empowered to love others.