Improved layout changes on sermon search results. Learn all about them here.

Summary: Jesus reinstates Peter are his failings (PowerPoint slides for this talk are available on request - email:

  Study Tools

Coming to Terms with Your Calling

Reading: John chapter 21 verses 1-17.


• The year was 1920.

• The scene was the examining board for selecting missionaries.

• Standing before the board was a young man named Oswald Smith.

• One dream dominated his heart. He wanted to be a missionary.

• Over and over again, he prayed,

• “Lord, I want to go as a missionary for you. Open a door of service for me.”

• Now, at last, his prayer would be answered.

• When the examination was over, the board turned Oswald Smith down.

• He did not meet their qualifications. He failed the test.

• Oswald Smith had set his direction, but now life gave him a detour.

• What would he do?

• As Oswald Smith prayed, God planted another idea in his heart.

• If he could not go as a missionary,

• He would build a church which could send out missionaries.

• And that is what he did.

• Oswald Smith Pastored The People’s Church in Toronto, Canada,

• Which at that time sent out more missionaries than any other church.

• Oswald Smith brought God into the situation,

• And God transformed his detour into a main thoroughfare of service.

As we start to look at the final chapter in John’s gospel:

• Peter has taken a detour.

• That the last few days had been an emotional roller coaster for Peter.

• In the last week, he had gone from the giddy heights of Palm Sunday.

• Where he half-expected Jesus to be crowned king & maybe set up his kingdom.

• To the utter depths of despair on Good Friday.

• And then swept up to a mega high again, with the news of the resurrection.

• Now Peter has gone home;

• Back to the ‘familiar’ shores of Galilee (also known as the Sea of Tiberias and Lake Genesaret).

Peter and the others had gone back home:

• Note: You realise that Jesus and the disciples were northerners don’t you?

• Like Peter they all had a strong accent;

• (ill: And probably liked mushy peas and brown sauce or the Israeli equivalent).

• There was one southerner among the twelve - Judas,

• But it’s probably best not to mention him!


• You might be wondering what are they doing in Galilee?

• Shouldn’t they have remained in Jerusalem, and that’s down in the South?

Answer: No! They should not be in Jerusalem.

• Twice in Matthew chapter 28 they were told to go Galilee:

• First: by an angel (Matthew chapter 28 verses 7).

• Second: by Jesus himself (Matthew chapter 28 verses 10).

• Who told them to go to Galilee, and he said he would meet them there.

Notice that no specifics are given as to exactly where in Galilee:

• So the disciples go home, back to families, friends and comforting surroundings;

• Back also to the place where they first met the Lord.

• I wonder if that’s what the Lord had in mind,

• He would once again remind them of their true calling?

(1). A Night of Defeat (vs 1-3).

• Peter’s decision to go fishing was not a good one.

• In Luke chapter 5 verses 1-11 Jesus had called him to leave fishing & follow him.

• Peter in these verses is returning to the old life he had before he met with Jesus;

• Notice everything in this scene speaks of defeat.

Browse All Media

Related Media

Are You Alive
PowerPoint Template
Banner Over Me
PowerPoint Template
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion