We've parenthetically labeled this part 2, as it is very much the companion of the audio of July 9 of 2017. This also could have just as easily been titled "All In". Are we? The Lord really does want all of us. The point isn't to be burdened or to be guilted into commitment but to take time for honest inventory of our journey toward total commitment to the Lord.
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.
Yes, you're going to have to listen to the entire sermon for that one. But it relates. Words have power, and they should be directed toward the things that count, the things that make the difference in life. We're still in the life of Peter.
In Psalm 25 the Lord speaks of those who are willing to allow their will to be bent by Him. That's followed by a direct connection to Him, in turn, coaching and personally instructing them in good judgement, particularly to those who will be placed in positions of authority and have the power to exact good, balanced justice in a society bent on evil. That would be helpful in today's society, bent on destruction.
The time is getting closer. Get ready.
We've all known people that give great lip service but in the end hardly ever follow through. The frightening fact is, however, that there are people who, when standing before the Living God, are going to be sent straight to hell who thought they were doing God's service but whose heart was far from Him. "But Lord have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?. But He will respond "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
Lordship. We need to get hold of this truth.
I'm sure we've all said it at some point in our lives, "If I only knew then what I know now". Exactly. That goes right along side "Youth is wasted on the young". How did we as a society get to where we are now? Without God and His code of ethics, determining right from wrong ends up being nothing more than your opinion vs. the next person and what they think. But that's not the end game. More from the parables.
It does sound nice doesn't it? If only everybody could just be nice to each other than the world would be a great place. Well, actually that's exactly what's going to happen, but not without the first goal which absolutely has to be accomplished in each and every individual life. We need to be made right. We need first to be brought back home to Him, to deal with the sin problem in our life and bring us to restoration in life with Him. That gives us restoration with each other. Now that's a much better plan.
We've all had the experience. You know the person...hasn't got a clue about the huge blind spot they've got and your first instinct is to find the nearest exit. On top of that, their arrogance trumps everyone's opinion in the room. Nancy addresses that potential tendency in all of us and delves into what Peter has to say on the matter.
Have you ever worked all day on a really filthy job and when you got home you couldn't wait to get those clothes off and just pitch them. Rather filthy and disgusting. Keep that image in mind as we take a look at "the filthy five" characteristics we definitely need to discard if we are truly going to call ourselves "Christian".
Continuing our last discussion on the demands of discipleship, the term "disciple" was used 269 times in the New Testament. The term "Christian" was used only three. To be a Christian was to be a disciple and to count the cost of that privileged position.
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