Week 5:  John 21:1-14


Life Group Questions

  • Who in your life has helped reorient you back to the faith? Share a time they pointed you back to Jesus.
  • Read Matthew 28:16. Where had Jesus told the disciples to go? Where do you find them in John 21? Why do you think they went back to fishing?
  • Read Luke 5:1-7. Imagine the connection the disciples made during their time in the boat in John 21 and how a very similar set of circumstances happened again. What did it lead Peter to do? (John 21:7-8)
  • Think about all that Peter has been through since the last supper. Talk about some of those events. How is this fire different from the last one he stood around? (John 21:9-10)
  • After the disciples stepped back into their old way of life (fishing), Jesus meets them on the beach and over a meal to reorient them to Himself. How has Jesus met you where you are recently?
  • How can you seek rest in Jesus for yourself and family this week?
  • What areas of your life are you trying to prove yourself before God?
  • What fear or discouragement is preventing you from living on mission?


Sermon Notes and Scripture

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way:  Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”“No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. – John 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. – John 21:1-14


16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. – Matthew 28:16


One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. – Luke 5:1-7