Lesson 5: Walking Toward Jesus

Lesson 5: Jesus calls Andrew and Peter (Cephas)

Lesson 5 commentary

Thesis: We are invited to “Come and See” Jesus (to be transformed), and are invited to bring others to see him (so they can be transfomed).

Main Passage: John 1: 35-42
35 The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples.36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” 37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.
38 Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.
They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. 41 Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).
42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).

Supporting Passage: Matthew 16:13-20
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[c] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[e] loosed in heaven.”20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.


Game Options: These are some following the leader gamess


Opening question:  If you could spend the day with one person, who would it be & why?

Video:  Forrest Running:

  • Why do you think so many people followed Forrest Gump?
  • What were they hoping he would bring them?
  • Do you think it worked? Why or why not?

AGREE OR DISAGREE: People are looking for someone to follow.  Why?

Example 1: TWITTER:

Ask: 

  • Do you have a twitter account (or know someone that does)
  • Who are some people you follow and why?
  • Why do people follow people they don’t know on twitter?

Google Search:  who to follow on twitter.   Here is some things you will find:

Ask: Do people expect to find meaning or purpose on their twitter feed?  Why?

 

Example 2: From Today’s World:  Modern Prophets (From the Wiersbe Bible Study of John)


Bible Study:  Read John 1: 35-40.

Creative Reading: Assign people to read parts, for example: Narrator, John, 2 disciples,  and Jesus)

The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!”
When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.
Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.
They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
“Co

me and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.

Debrief passage:

  • Who are the people in this scene? (John, Jesus, two disciples)
  • Why did the two men begin to follow Jesus? (John calls Jesus the Lamb of God. See John 1:2-32 for more background)
  • What does Jesus ask them? (What do you want?)
  • What is their response? (asked: Where are you staying?”)
  • What is Jesus reply? (said: Come and See)
  • What do these two disciples do? (Spend the rest of the day with Jesus)
  • What do you think they did with Jesus?
  • How do you think that time changed the course of their lives?

Side Note Conversation: Ask this like a “Would you rather?”

If you were to spend the day with Jesus, which would you most likely do.

  • Play Jenga or Play Apples to Apples?
  • Watch a Movie or Go on a hike?
  • Play Basketball or Frisbee golf
  • Ask about him or ask about you?

Read John 1:  40-41:

  • After spending the day with Jesus, how does Andrew respond? (found his bother Simon and told him about Jesus)
  • Who would you bring to Jesus?
  • What did Andrew say to Simon? (We have found the Messiah)
  • Why does Andrew call Jesus the Messiah? How did he come to that realization?
  • Why is that significant? (see section from the Wiersbe Bible Study

APPLICATION: Jesus invites us to come and see, and we are to invite others to come and see Jesus.

  • Who was someone that invited you to come and see Jesus? (how did they do that?)
  • Who is someone that you can invite to some and see Jesus?
  • Are there any people in your life that you might consider inviting to “Come and See” Jesus so that they might experience knowing Jesus?
  • What kind of “come and see” invitation might you make?

Brainstorm some ways we can invite people to “Come and see Jesus”?  (Though our actions,  places we can invite people,  in our conversations, etc)

 


If  you are looking for additional content on this passage, you can talk about how Jesus changed Simon to Peter.

NICKNAMES: 

  • What does your name mean? Or Why did your parents name you what they did?
  • Why are names significant?
  • Why do people give out nick names?
  • What is a nickname that someone has given you, did you like it? Did this name stick?
  • What does a nickname say about the person?
  • What does it say about the person giving the nickname?

 

Video options:

Community

 

 

The Officehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWGTJkJEABI&feature=youtu.be  – Contains some possibly offensive things, like calling someone sugar boob, fat, etc.”

Just for Fun: Come up with a creative nickname for everyone, and then have everyone be called that nickname for the rest of the class/group.

Read John 1: 42

Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).

  • What does Jesus say to Simon?
  • Why does Jesus call Simon a new name?
  • What does that nickname say about Peter?
  • What does it say about Jesus

THE ROCK

Read: Matthew 16: 13-20’

Here is some commentary: