If they say you're a door, or you're a signpost, as will be discussed this session, I think everyone understands that you're not, really. These are just examples, metaphors. But what about a temple? That's real, and that has power. Power to change you. Power to change others. Your life is completely and irrevocably changed when the power of the Living God, the person of the Holy Spirit, because of Jesus Himself, has taken control of you.
The subject of power we discussed last week was more outward looking. This week we're going introspective. Figure it this way; if Jesus is in fact returning within our lifetime, and the way the world is going it sure wouldn't be surprising if He did, then it becomes even more imperative to understand that we have been given the power, the power to change. Time to get serious.
Snap's rap tune "I've Got The Power". That's what the world admires and desires. Wrong direction. You've got the real power, and your job is to give it away... for free. Peter in Acts.
When Adam was first made by God, his body was not alive. Funny... never really thought of it that way. He was in a sense dead, at least until the Spirit of God moved on and in him, "breathed" on him, and suddenly Adam had life.
Once again, practicing the rituals of a particular religion is not what gives your spirit life. Even at the group level, if it's comprised of nothing more than a collection of spiritually dead people who just attend periodic rituals we call church, you've got a dead church.
We're looking for life both on the individual and corporate level. Now you've got something.
Dwight L. Moody, while working in Chicago, was confronted by a man, an atheist, who challenged him to a debate about the reality of Jesus. He accepted, except for one condition. The man had to bring ten people whose lives had been transformed by what he believes and Moody would bring 100. The man declined. He said he couldn't.
Do we truly want our lives do be different, to have life that we never knew we could have?
This week we're taking a different look at the "Peter do you love Me" passage. So many sermons have to do with the nuances of the word love, but that's not where we're going this time.
For those of us who have gone through devastating circumstances, to the point where we really didn't think our heart could take much more without failing, these are the times when we need real comfort, the kind of comfort that can bring back complete rest in our hearts.
Peter had a pretty good list of positive qualities, but there's the old adage "just beyond your greatest strength is your greatest weakness". That about sums it up for Peter. But, at the end of the day, he was a man of action and we would do well to learn from him.
This week we're looking at Peter in the courtyard. It's a story we've all heard so often that the tendency is to not listen too closely. And that ends up being the central issue, doesn't it. Focusing on ourselves, and then, when the pressure is on we react knee-jerk style. This isn't about focusing about others. It's about focusing on ourselves in a different way. Getting quiet, learning to talk to our Living Lord, learning to listen and being willing to be honest in self assessment.
We've learned so much from our discussions of Peter. One of the difficult things for most of us when reading the bible is that a lot of it seems "other". I mean, these are people who walked around in long robes, lived thousands of years ago, and were from the middle east. No electricity, fast cars, cell phones... and on top of that they saw visions, heard God speak in a loud voice, and on it goes. So when you're told that when you leave this fine earth that you're going to be transformed, it just doesn't seem real. But it is.
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