Serving from Experience Part 2

Prayer
Please review the prayer list and hold each other up daily. Please be in prayer for Christine as she is traveling to Alabama to be with her niece who has cancer.

This weeks lesson
We reviewed the agony that Peter must have experienced when he was so weak that he would not even admit knowing his Lord there in the courtyard to a mere servant girl. What a fall for Peter to go from thinking he would die for Christ to acting like he did not even know Him!
Yet, how often do we agree to do something without thinking the issue all the way through? How often have i agreed to help out on a project and then when the weekend comes around i am not willing to give up breakfast with my wife or i don’t want to set the alarm for 5:00AM to get up to the location where i promised to be??
This is all about lack of COMMITMENT! I have been as guilty as anyone. We just do not weigh the consequences to our words and really are not ready for the task.
Remember the saying “if I don’t have anything worth dieing for, I don’t have anything worth living for.”
Peter was not ready for the task Christ had for him but soon would be.

Just a few days later Peter and the guys are fishing and are confronted by their risen Savior on the beach. Can you sense the guilt, fear, shame, etc. that Peter must have felt when Christ called to them? But the good news is that Christ was not there to shame Peter but to reinstate him to the task. Our God is a God of second chances and He is diligent about conforming us to His likeness.

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,”
(Rom. 8.29, NIV)

Christ gave Peter some very clear directions.

“ The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
(John 21.17, NIV)

Just like Peter, we have some very specific directions.
We are ambassadors for God and have the honor of allowing God to make His appeal to the lost world through us (2 Cor 5:20) and in order for this to happen, we must be engaged in His kingdom work.
Are we all engaged? If not, we need to be. There are several oppertunities coming up.
Bill K. is going to share one such oppertunity with us next week.

Next week
Be thinking about the four areas of experience on page 52 of your book. I trust you will be ready to share one with the class next week.
We are finally going to review the six memory verses we have been meditating on (or should have been.) The verses are over to the left.

Last but Not Least

  • Focus on your thirty day goal. How are you doing?
  • Keep on with your daily reading and devotions. Spending quality time with God daily is key to a good relationship.
  • Hide God’s Word in your heart through scripture memorization and meditation.

“Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.”
(Prov. 2:9-11, NIV)

May the Lord richly bless you each one,
Paul

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