Friday, February 21, 2014

LifeWay: Explore the Bible Teaching Helps - You Can Be Restored!

Restoration is something that is difficult to comprehend. From a human's perspective, we struggle with facing someone who has failed us, or much less, offering them restoration. And, if we have failed someone, we find it equally difficult to even look them in the face. You Can Be Restored! is the focus of this week's Explore the Bible Teaching Helps, and it focuses on the subject of restoration -- the kind that  can only be offered by Jesus.

In the final chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus sought out Peter, even though he denied Christ three times. He not only sought Him out, Jesus demonstrated to Peter that He was loved, which freed Peter to respond with love without the barrier of past failures. Not only was Peter restored; He was given a renewed purpose and affirmed by Jesus.

LifeWay did a great job with the background material and the commentary. I have chosen to tweak the title and the outline this week to focus more on the process of restoration. Feel free to use the teaching helps to supplement your teaching outline or use it "as is."

We have all experienced Jesus' restorative power if we are believers. It is underserved love and grace that is hard to fathom. I pray that you will be able to use this study to help your group understand that they, too, can receive restoration from Jesus, and they can help others experience Jesus' restoration.
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