Young Life Quad Cities Club Talks Spring Semester 2013

Jesus Appears to Seven Followers - John 21:1-14 (NCV)

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Jesus Appears to Seven Followers - John 21:1-14 (NCV)
1 Later, Jesus showed himself to his followers again—this time at Lake Galilee. This is how he showed himself: 2 Some of the followers were together: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the two sons of Zebedee, and two other followers. 3 Simon Peter said, “I am going out to fish.”
The others said, “We will go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat. They fished that night but caught nothing.
4 Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the followers did not know it was Jesus. 5 Then he said to them, “Friends, did you catch any fish?”
They answered, “No.”
6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they did, and they caught so many fish they could not pull the net back into the boat.
7 The follower whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Peter heard him say this, he wrapped his coat around himself. (Peter had taken his clothes off.) Then he jumped into the water. 8 The other followers went to shore in the boat, dragging the net full of fish. They were not very far from shore, only about a hundred yards. 9 When the followers stepped out of the boat and onto the shore, they saw a fire of hot coals. There were fish on the fire, and there was bread.
10 Then Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”

11 Simon Peter went into the boat and pulled the net to the shore. It was full of big fish, one hundred fifty-three in all, but even though there were so many, the net did not tear. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat.” None of the followers dared ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, along with the fish.

14 This was now the third time Jesus showed himself to his followers after he was raised from the dead.

Peter’s Love for Jesus = John 21:1-14
Background about the Passage
Peter and the disciples go fishing after Jesus’ death. For many of the fisherman this was their lively hood, prior to being a disciple of Jesus. It was the thing they knew how to do. With the uncertainties of what was going to happen next, they would naturally go and do what they knew how to do.
Setting the Scene
The sea in which Peter and the disciples were fishing was a common area for fisherman to go. It was known for a location that had many fish being caught. It was also common for fisherman to catch fish at night. It was much cooler at night than during the day, also the fish caught at night could be sold right away at the market in the morning. The fisherman’s customers would have the freshest product.
When the Bible gives us specific numbers, they are there for a reason. The Bible records that there where 153 fish caught that morning. We know that was a significant number of fish, because it says, “the nets did not break”.
This was the third time that Jesus had appeared to the disciples since He had risen from the dead. Jesus was nearing the end of His time on earth in the resurrected form. He would soon be ascending into heaven.
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Above is the seashore that is thought this story took place in the Bible. There is definitive location on where this story took place.
In this picture you can see fisherman tending their nets in the early morning like in the time of Jesus. This would be the early morning as the sun rises.

Peter’s Love for Jesus = John 21:1-14
Points you could make

  1. If we walk away from Jesus, we often walk back into places that are not good for us. We left these people and situations for a reason. Yet, our need to be accepted draws us to people and situations that are not good for us. Jesus wants the best for us. Do you want the best for Jesus and yourself?

  1. Do you love Jesus enough to jump into the water and swim to the shore to be by Him? The was going to come to shore anyways, but Peter’s love for Jesus created such a stirring in him, he could not wait.

  1. We all desire to be close to God. God has a desire to be close to us. The disciples did not ask who Jesus was, because they knew who He was. They knew who He was because of what He said, the way He looked and how He loved and cared for His disciples. Jesus wants to know us, talk to us and be with us the same way He was with His disciples.

Campaigner Questions

  • When was the last time you were so excited about something you could not wait? You need to tell everyone that was around you about the news. Why were you so excited?

  • When has been a time in your life that you worked really hard to achieve something, but to only come up short?

  • Why do you think the disciples went fishing at this point of time?

  • If they were skilled fisherman, why do think they didn’t catch anything?

  • Why did Peter take off his clothes and jump into the water to swim to Jesus? Why not stay on the boat and come in with the other disciples?

  • Why does Peter want to be close to Jesus? Do you want to be that close to Jesus?

  • Why did the disci0les not question who Jesus was? How did they know it was Jesus in the first place?

This clip is from YouTube and is called falling plates. It was created by Cru.

Who Is the Greatest? - Luke 22:24-30

Luke 22:24-30 NIV
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 22:24-30 NCV

Be Like a Servant
24 The apostles also began to argue about which one of them was the most important. 25 But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the non-Jewish people rule over them, and those who have authority over others like to be called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But you must not be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the leader should be like the servant. 27 Who is more important: the one sitting at the table or the one serving? You think the one at the table is more important, but I am like a servant among you.
28 “You have stayed with me through my struggles. 29 Just as my Father has given me a kingdom, I also give you a kingdom 30 so you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 22:24-30 The Message

Get Ready for Trouble
24-26 Within minutes they were bickering over who of them would end up the greatest. But Jesus intervened: “Kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant.
27-30 “Who would you rather be: the one who eats the dinner or the one who serves the dinner? You’d rather eat and be served, right? But I’ve taken my place among you as the one who serves. And you’ve stuck with me through thick and thin. Now I confer on you the royal authority my Father conferred on me so you can eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and be strengthened as you take up responsibilities among the congregations of God’s people.

Who Is the Greatest? - Luke 22:24-30
In our lives we all are trying to compare ourselves to other people to see how we fit in. The problem is that when we do this with humans, we are living in what an Andy Stanley sermon calls the “Land of ER.” Our problem in the land of “ER” is that there will always be someone that is smallER, biggER, richER, poorER, fastER, or even smartER. The list goes on and on. We are not the first to have this problem of comparison and arguing over who is better. The twelve disciples argued over who is the greatest and Jesus called them out on it. Just like the disciples we get caught up in ourselves and the things of this world and find our identity by comparing ourselves to others instead of finding out identity in Christ. We look left and right to see how we are doing instead of vertical to Christ to see how we are doing. In the passage from Luke 22, Jesus calls the disciples out and challenges them to become servants as opposed to being served. Jesus calls them out because they were comparing themselves to each other and arguing over it. They were not living like Chirst as “the leader the one who serves.”
Where kids are at:
Kids today live there lives trying to fit in and do so by comparing themselves to each other. Just as the disciples argued over this, kids do the same exact thing. They find themselves in what Andy Stanley refers to as the “comparison trap.” This trap can be devastating for kids because they are not finding their identity in Christ, but the things of this world and other people. Encouraging kids to find their identity in Christ and in turn become a servant is very difficult to do. We are all selfish beings at heart, but when we grow closer to Christ we are called to be servants.
Campaigner Questions:

  1. Who do you think is the greatest athlete of all time?

  2. What do you think is the greatest movie of all time?

  3. Based on the above questions, did anyone end up in an argument?

  4. Do you think people find their worth by comparing themselves to others?

  5. Do you find your identity by comparing yourself to others? Do you make decisions by looking at what other people do?

  6. In the passage, what is Jesus response to the disciples argument over who is the greatest?

  7. Why do you think he responds by challenging them to become servants?

  8. Do you serve Christ in your life? If so, how do you do it and why do you do it?

Arguing/Comparing Video: Andy Stanley’s Comparison Trap

Flesh of the Spirit/Fruits of the Spirit = Galatians 5:16-25

Galatians 5:16-25 NIV
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-25 NCV

The Spirit and Human Nature
16 So I tell you: Live by following the Spirit. Then you will not do what your sinful selves want. 17 Our sinful selves want what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is against our sinful selves. The two are against each other, so you cannot do just what you please. 18 But if the Spirit is leading you, you are not under the law.

19 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, 20 worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, 21 feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God’s kingdom. 22 But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their own sinful selves. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do. 25 We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-26 The Message
16-18 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.

25-26 Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

Flesh of the Spirit/Fruits of the Spirit = Galatians 5:16-25
Thoughts on this passage:

All people are inherently sinful from the day they are born and therefore live with a sinful nature until the day they die. All we do is sin and we can do not one good thing apart from God (Psalms 16:2). But once we accept Christ as our Savior, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that had perfect community with God and Jesus before the foundations of the world (John 17:5), the same spirit whose power rose Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11). While this spirit transforms our hearts and minds to be imitators and followers of Christ, we still live with s sinful nature. This is why we are still able to sin even though we accept Christ into our lives. However, the spirit convicts us of our sins and gives us the ability and power to fight, combat, and overcome sin in our lives.

The Spirit and the Flesh are constantly and consistently at war with one another in our lives. Sin will produce all the stuff in verse 18-21 and more… while the spirit on our lives produces fruit. A key factor that the world knows that we are followers of Christ is by the fruit we produce. You can’t differentiate fruit trees unless there is fruit on them(at least I couldn’t). We claim to be followers of Christ, we claim to be living by the Spirit, if that is so- then we ought to walk (live out our lives) by the Spirit.

Where kids are at:

I don’t think the Holy Spirit is well explained well or emphasized enough in the Christian Faith. Kids may never know the Biblical Truths of the Holy Spirit and the roll is plays in the believer’s life. They may think they ought not to do BAD things because God says not to… but the notion how we are even capable of righteous living is rooted in the Truth that the SPIRIT of God lives in the believer. Christians are not living life to “do good” by their own will and strength. But rather, the Holy Spirit living in them needs to be gratified and desired, which produces the fruit and righteous living.

More so, it’s a contact battle between the Spirit and the Flesh, this is why believers still sin, and we have to consistently fight this battle until the day we die between gratifying the spirit or our flesh. This point needs to be stressed to young believers that there is a war going on inside of them, and we always have to be on the offense.

“Kill sin or sin will be killing you,” John Owen.

Campaigner Questions:

  • What are fleshly desires from this passage? Are these fleshly desire still present in our world today? Where do you see them? Give specific examples.

  • What are the fruits of the spirit from this passage? Are these fruits of the spirit still present in our world today? Where do you see them? Give specific examples.

  • Why do you think God wants us to have lives that reflect the fruits of the spirit and not the fleshly desires, found in this passage?

  • Do the fleshly desires out way the fruits of the spirit in your life? Why or why not? Do you want the fleshly desires to out way the fruits of the sprit in your life?

  • What would your life and the world around you look like if we only had the fruits of the spirit and not the fleshly desires?

Bearing Fruits - Luke 13:6-9

Luke 13:6-9 - NIV
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

Luke 13:6-9 - NCV
Jesus told this story: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came looking for some fruit on the tree, but he found none. So the man said to his gardener, ‘I have been looking for fruit on this tree for three years, but I never find any. Cut it down. Why should it waste the ground?’ But the servant answered, ‘Master, let the tree have one more year to produce fruit. Let me dig up the dirt around it and put on some fertilizer. If the tree produces fruit next year, good. But if not, you can cut it down.’”
Luke 13:6-9 The Message
6-7 Then he told them a story: “A man had an apple tree planted in his front yard. He came to it expecting to find apples, but there weren’t any. He said to his gardener, ‘What’s going on here? For three years now I’ve come to this tree expecting apples and not one apple have I found. Chop it down! Why waste good ground with it any longer?’
8-9 “The gardener said, ‘Let’s give it another year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize, and maybe it will produce next year; if it doesn’t, then chop it down.’”

At the mention of fruit, what are your first thoughts? A snack? A dessert? Your favorite fruits? The Bible refers to literal fruit—such as olives, grapes and figs—many times. More frequently the biblical Hebrew and Greek words translated "fruit" have a symbolic sense. All crops are considered "fruit of the earth." Children are called the "fruit of the womb." A man's words are "the fruit of his mouth."

Bearing Fruits - Luke 13:6-9
How do we define “good fruit”?
The Bible at times likens people to fruit trees or grapevines and portrays God as the owner of the orchards and vineyards. The Master knows our character by our spiritual fruits, just as "a tree is known [identified] by its fruit"—either good or bad. God's number one concern is for all fruit to be good —"the fruit of righteousness" (James 3:18). In fact, Jesus warned, "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and is thrown into the fire" to be destroyed (Matthew 7:19).
This is a talk that may be tough for some of our kids to hear. In its simplest form God is leaving us with a very hard reality. If your faith does not bear fruit it will be cut down. As YL leaders we sometimes are blessed with the opportunity to witness kids come to know Christ and in some cases may even have the chance to lead them to the Lord our self. I think that more often that not we see such a high with our kids and quickly watch them come off that high. This talk and this parable should give you an opportunity to challenge your kids with something very serious and important. Many times our kids think that once they have accepted the Lord into their heart at camp that means that living out their faith equals coming to YL Monday nights. In this talk challenge your kids to produce “good fruit”. Challenge them to be different, to stand out in a crowd, to live an active faith outside of YL.

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