Summary: Are you denying Jesus? Would you deny Jesus like Peter? We will look at seven ways some Christians deny Jesus.
‘ARE YOU DENYING JESUS”?
David Brainerd, the famous missionary to the American Indians, proclaimed this truth throughout his ministry. He said, “I never got away from Jesus and Him crucified in my preaching. I found that once these people were gripped by the great evangelical meaning of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, I did not have to give them many instructions about changing their behavior.”
Peter later on after the death and resurrection of Jesus would preach Jesus on the day of Pentecost and 3,000 would be saved. But before this would take place, we read this account of Peter denying Jesus. We are amazed to read that Peter would deny the one he
said he would never deny.
But before we get to hard on Peter, let us remember that many Christians deny Jesus every day in some way. I want to call to your attention to seven ways a Christian can deny Jesus.
I-SOME DENY JESUS BY THEIR WORDS:
1.John Maxwell was pastoring Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego he was asked "Are you praying that your people will get the gift of tongues?" "No" he replied, "I’m praying they’ll learn to control the one they’ve got now."
2. I have read that one strain of virus was responsible for what was probably the greatest pestilence civilization has ever experienced -- the flue epidemic of 1918-19. That scourge took more lives than all the years of World War I. The Bible tells of another small thing that can inflict great harm. It’s that "little member" known as the tongue. Unfortunately there is no vaccine to bring its deadly effects under control.
3.The way we speak and what we say reveals a great deal about our Christian character or lack of Christian character. The tongue is the most powerful influence in the Church and it is able to build people up or tear them down.
4.Have you ever squeezed too much toothpaste onto your toothbrush? And then have you ever tried squeezing toothpaste back into the tube? That calls to mind the old proverb, "Three things once released will not return again: an opportunity neglected, and arrow released from its bows, and a word spoken in haste." May we add a fourth--toothpaste squeezed from a tube.
II-SOME DENY JESUS BY THEIR WALK:
1.A rather pompous-looking deacon was endeavoring to impress upon a class of boys the importance of living the Christian life. "Why do people call me a Christian?" the man asked. After a moment’s pause, one youngster said, "Maybe it’s because they don’t know you."
2.He made free use of Christian vocabulary. He talked about the blessing of the Almighty and the Christian confessions which would become the pillars of the new government. He assumed the earnestness of a man weighed down by historic responsibility. He handed out pious stories to the press, especially to the church papers. He showed his tattered Bible and declared that he drew the strength for his great work from it as scores of pious people welcomed him as a man sent from God. Indeed, Adolf Hitler was a master of outward religiosity--with no inward reality!