Fix Your Eyes On Jesus



ICE BREAKER (start here)

Who is the first person to whom you remember comparing yourself? What did that person have (or what were they doing) that pulled you into the comparison game?

intro (read aloud before the discussion)

We are spending a third week continuing to listen in on Jesus’ conversation with Peter (while they were walking along the beach) concerning resurrection and the desires of our hearts. In the final moments of the conversation, Jesus warns Peter about the one thing that will destroy what we truly truly desire: comparison!

SERMON DISCUSSION (Use as a guide for dialogue, let God lead, and read the verses aloud)

Travis said on Sunday that comparison is the cancer that destroys contentment. What do you think about that idea?

Read John 21:20-21. Notice Peter says, “What about him?”
“What about him?”, or, “What about them?”, or, “What about what they have?” is a life of comparison. “That’s not fair! I can’t believe it. I work so hard. Why do they… ?” is a life of comparison. Share where comparison shows up in your life.

Have you experienced comparison killing your desires, hurting your relationships, or robbing you of the peace and rest that you could have right now? Share with the group.

Read John 21:22. Jesus says, “What is that to you? You follow me!” Do you think Jesus is being too blunt, insensitive, uncaring? What do you think Jesus is trying to help Peter with? In what way could this line from Jesus help you? Share with the group.

Who are you racing? What would it look like (practically) to stay in your lane: your lane of marriage, or your lane of calling, or your lane of earning, etc.?

Share whatever else comes to your mind as you look at these few verses that chronicle the last part of the conversation of desire that Jesus had with Peter.

MINISTRY TIME (Invite the Spirit of God to come – “Come Holy Spirit”)

Satan was the first being to compare himself to someone else. It didn’t go well for him, and now he seeks to steal and kill and destroy us through the sin of comparison. Share how you have been caught up in comparison, and ask for prayer. Invite the Holy Spirit to come and do what God alone can do. We must be willing.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (This is a weekly practice as we seek to become more like Jesus)

Jesus told us to love our enemies and to pray for those who bring us persecution. Comparison is a powerful element of this broken world. If we truly want freedom, let’s pray this week for the person to whom we compare ourselves. Let’s pray that they would flourish. Let’s even pray that we could help them! That will break the power of comparison. Let’s pray for the one who brings a bit of persecution into our life through our choice to compare. This is an invitation into growth for those who truly want to be formed spiritually!

daily reading

Mark 5 | Psalm 108
Mark 6 | Psalm 109
Mark 7 | Psalm 110
Mark 8 | Psalm 111
Mark 9 | Psalm 112
Mark 10 | Psalm 113