SPECIAL SPEAKER: Jan Mathews
Sunday, November 19, 2017
- Have you ever felt like you were a disappointment to someone? Ever felt angry with yourself for your own mistakes? Or down on yourself because of your flaws – feeling less than/not valued?
- COURAGE: “The ability to do something that frightens one.”
- As believers, we know God is good; we know we WANT to trust Him; we know He loves us….so why do we get so down on ourselves that we even hurt others? (Hurting people hurt people)
- There’s a person in the Bible who’s a great example; his name is Peter.
- When Jesus called Peter to follow Him, Peter was a fisherman.
- Many of us can relate to Peter: often spoke/acted without thinking. Bold, adventurous personality – but impulsive
- Peter walked alongside Jesus 3 years – loved Him, devoted to Him; but before Jesus’ death & resurrection he was not the courageous Peter we know today.
Text: Luke Chapter 22
- Luke 22:33 – “Peter said, ‘Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.’”
- Luke 22:54-62 54 So they arrested him and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. 55 The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there. 56 A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!” 57 But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!” 58 After a while someone else looked at him and said, “You must be one of them!” “No, man, I’m not!” Peter retorted.59 About an hour later someone else insisted, “This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” 62 And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly.
- What did Peter feel at that moment? Jesus met his eye. Peter had just disowned Him.
- Ever had the experience “I just really messed up big time; how will I ever come back from this?”
- Peter didn’t know the end of the story yet. Imagine the despair – Jesus died that day; no chance to ask forgiveness or make it right.
- Then the empty tomb was discovered, and the women reported it.
Luke 24:11-12 “but the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look.”
- He had hope for redemption – and Jesus had indeed risen.
- How did this all change Peter? He became very bold!
Acts 4:12-13 : “The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.”
- Peter eventually was arrested, he was jailed, beaten and ridiculed – and he kept speaking the name of Jesus boldly. HE LIVED COURAGEOUS. Tradition says he died crucified upside down – he did not feel worthy of dying as Jesus did because he had denied Him.
- This is a redemption story. Peter’s anguish over his failure was changed – cowardice to courageous.
- Have you ever been in a place where the pain of something caused you sink? But what if we were all like Peter – rising above that horrible feeling of failure into living courageous?
- Oswald Chambers: “No healthy Christian ever chooses suffering; he chooses God’s will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.”
- What about you? Are you afraid, or are you courageous? Have you experienced the depth of how God loves you, really? Do you live like you have?
- How much time & energy do we spend avoiding hard things/taking shortcuts/avoid facing ourselves/ anesthetize sometimes too far, into addictions.
- It’s never too late to make a decision.
- Rock bottom is a great place from which to
- When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Is there something painful holding you?
- Do you need to make something right?
- THE OUTCOME ISN’T UP TO YOU, just obedience is up to you.
- It’s possible that the most radical act of courage we Christians ever make is accepting Christ, taking Him at His word and living for Him!
- “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
- Prayer: God, show me the way to victory so what You’ve done for me can bring others to know you, too.
2 Corinthians 1: 4: He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
COURAGE = DOING IT AFRAID
- Our lowest, darkest times & our biggest mess-ups are God’s greatest tools. Others will be drawn to us not because of our strengths but because of our weaknesses that we dare to speak of.
- Someday, somewhere, someone will need to hear the story only you can tell.
- God can’t use it if we don’t overcome We can’t overcome it if we don’t face it.
- What are we waiting for? Why not now? LIVE COURAGEOUS!!
- We are children of God. We’re loved, we’re valued, and maybe someone needs you and me to overcome for THEIR benefit.
- Take an honest inventory; write it down.
- Ask God for courage.
- Go to a trusted Christian friend and share.
COURAGE = DOING IT AFRAID
DO IT AFRAID!