Second Chances

Sunday September 18, 2011

Offering message: Heb. 7:8-10 The tithes belong to God. When we give, we are giving to the living God. Sermon message: John 21:1-6 After Jesus was crucified, Peter had left the ministry and had gone back to fishing, his pre-disciple work. Peter loved Jesus, but he didn’t really listen to what Jesus was saying about His imminent death and resurrection, nor did he understand it. Jesus had to rebuke him. He told Peter that Satan wanted to sift him like wheat. He warned him that he would deny Him three times. Peter bragged that he would die for Jesus. Peter looked at his role as one of protecting Jesus instead of doing what Jesus needed him to do in His final days and hours. Three times Peter made a public denial of Jesus, and after His resurrection He allowed him to give public expression of his love three times. Jesus knew Peter loved Him. Jesus is love, compassion, forgiveness, and restoration, and just as He took a broken man, Peter, and restored him to become a humble leader, so He can take you, even if you failed Him, and He will forgive and restore you. Jesus is greater! Matt. 16:21,22; Matt. 26:31-35; Luke 22:32-38; Matt. 26:41-54; Luke 22:56-62; John 21:7-17; Ps. 103:20 (Angels listen to the Word when you speak it.)