Week 4 - 3.29.2020

God's grace is unfairly good.

SCRIPTURE
Matthew 26:31–35
Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of Me, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of You, I never will.” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown Me three times.” But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with You, I will never disown You.”

Matthew 26:69–75
Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown Me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

John 21:15–17
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love Me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Feed My lambs.”
Again, Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Take care of My sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Feed My sheep.”

Discussion Questions:

1. When was the last time you found yourself saying, “That’s not fair?”

2. Why do you think we want life to be fair? Were you upset before when someone you know was treated unfairly? What was it?

3. How does it make you feel to hear someone say that God isn’t fair? Does that sound right to you? Why or why not?

4. "Grace isn’t fair"—what do you think that means? How does it apply to your life?

5. Read Romans 6:23. Why is it a good thing that God’s grace is unfair?

6. What does it look like in your life to accept God grace? What is one way you can extend grace to others around you?