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We have spent a great deal of time this year in the Gospel of John. Most of our attention has been wrapped around two topics—the miracles of Jesus and the 7 “I am” Statements from Jesus. To give some conclusion to our survey of John’s Gospel, we are isolating a few other texts. Today, I want us to consider the whole scene of Peter’s denials of Jesus. You will be reminded that Peter is one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. Of this 12, there seems to even be an inner circle of 3, of which Peter is a part. But, even this one, so close to Jesus, has a period of betrayal and denial of his relationship with Jesus.
Idolatry is constantly making demands of people, even God's people. While the world will always try to force us into submission to its god-substitutes, God can use those very pressures to make us stronger and give us a more vibrant witness to the power and mercy of the Living Lord Jesus. This message looks at the way idolatry tries to shape us and how God seeks to use the world's pressures to build our faith and witness.
This message looks at the life of Daniel as he is taken prisoner from Jerusalem and forced into the circles of power and paganism in Babylon. His refusal to compromise and accommodate the pagan influences arrayed against him in education, religion and the arts is a powerful example of what to do when the secular world presses in. This is especially important for the generation of young adults coming up in the church today in America.
Big Idea: Overcoming temptation in the trials of life. 1) Expect tests! 2) The real enemy is evil! 3) Process your test through the Father's love! 4) How to handle a test!
Abram continues his journey into the Promised Land when famine hits and we get to see the way Abram acts when he is under pressure--and he ends up selling out his wife to save his own skin.
Christian looks at where does our loyalty with God lie when the pressure is on.
There is One God and One Mediator for the world to be one. Can we pray about that?
What if you found yourself in a situation that required character only to find out you didn't have it? The truth is that many people have that experience. The critical choice comes and they choose wrong. There's a reason for that. Most people are “winging it” when it comes to their morals and ethics. They have neither thought through nor attempted to practice their core values. The result is that they find out too late they are lacking. 1Tim 4:7-8; 2Pet 1:3-9; Eph 4:11-15; Prov 19:20; Rom 2:14-15; Psalm 119:9; Luke 16:10-13
Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” But, that's not entirely true. We can certainly screw up apart from him, and usually do. This happens as we allow the stress in our lives to put distance between us and him. At the same time we neglect our relationship with him, we also often neglect ourselves. The result is that we put ourselves in a position to be totally dominated by our flesh. Its a recipe for disaster. Jn 15:1-5; 2Pet 1:3-11; Ro 7:14-25; Gal 5:16-21; Jn 16: 8-14; Ro 8:26; Ep 3:16-21; Lk 22