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The Most Important Lesson I Could Ever Teach

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Sermon shared by Francis Chan

November 2009
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
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effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.” So Peter says, ‘I’m not going to be here to remind you this is how you’re supposed to live. This is what God said to do. He said I want to set you up. I want to make sure that once I’m gone, you’re still following God. You’ll be able to recall these things. You’ll know what God says, and you’ll be able to figure that on your own.’ It’s one of those things that really ought to be, for us as parents, should be our goal is that when we’re gone our kids know how to follow God on their own. I said years ago that the goal of parenting is to train our kids to be independently dependent on God, but somehow, we teach them to be independently dependent on God, that their relationship with God isn’t all about us. But somehow, we release them, and say you know you need to depend on God. You understand. You don’t need me anymore. You have His Word. You have Him. You have His Spirit. Now go. That’s the same thing Peter was saying to this church, to these followers who had been following him as an Apostle, these believers. He’s saying, ‘Look, you’re scattered everywhere or whatever, but I’m going to be gone soon. And I’ll keep reminding you of this stuff until it’s time to go, but I’m ready to die now. And so I’m going to make every effort to make sure you’re ok.’

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
Comments and Shared Ideas
Lisa Clark Santiago
June 30, 2013
What were the scripture he was going to put on the screen for everyone? I am not a pastor i was just watching this sermon on youtube and it didnt show the scripture to study. Thanks

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