The Most Important Lesson I Could Ever Teach
Sermon shared by Francis Chan
Summary: A sermon regarding Peter's lesson of how to spend time alone in the Book, studying the Book for yourself, and having time alone with God.
Audience: General adults
This is one of the things that concerns me. I know that some of you, you’d be fine if I were gone tomorrow. You would think, ‘Big deal.’ You have your time with God. You’d be thinking, ‘Oh, it was cool having him around, but I’m not dependent on him. I study this Book. I love this Book. I love the teachings of this Book. It doesn’t matter who’s up there as long as they’re teaching from this Book.’ I love it, I love it, I love it. I just want that, but there’s also a contingent here that I hear about it. It’s like, ‘Well, Francis isn’t teaching this week so I don’t think I’m going to go.’ And that’s very sad, and it’s scary to me because I don’t ever want it to be about me. It has to be about this Book, and it’s so weird how certain people will only listen to this Book if it’s through a certain person, for a certain amount of time, at the right time of day, when everything’s set up just perfectly. And there’s no sense of ‘I know how to study this. I read it for myself.’ Those are the greatest times in my life, when I’m alone, and I’m reading this and studying in it and praying about it and changing my life over it. See, Peter says. ‘I want to set you up so that after my departure you at any time, you can recall these things. It’s not about me. You’re not completely dependent on me.’ What if you were told you only have a short time? What would you do with that time? Would it be all centered around God, and would you say, ‘I need to make sure the people I love can follow God without me being around’?
We don’t know how Peter knew that he had a short time. Maybe it was some sort of prophecy that was given to him. Now some of you in this room, you only
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