Summary: Peter’s Denial (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: Matthew chapter 26 verses 31 to 35 & 60 to 75.
Every one of us in life has faced the harsh reality of failure:
• Whether it’s your first step as a child,
• Your first attempt to ride a bike.
• Maybe it was an exam or interview;
• Maybe it was a job or a relationship.
• Or maybe something that you continually have problems with such as;
• Controlling your temper, sticking to a diet or maybe certain habits you wish to give up!
• Every one of us has faced FAILURE.
• Quote the novelist Joseph Conrad: “It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes”.
• Mistakes of course are part of life;
• And some of us seem to make more than others!
• One wit has written:
• “A dentist’s mistake is pulled out,
• A lawyer’s mistake is imprisoned.
• A teacher’s mistake is failed,
• A printer’s mistake is corrected.
• A pharmacist’s mistake is buried.
• A postman’s mistake is forwarded.
• An electrician’s mistake could be shocking!”
God can make something even out of our mistakes;
• Peter the apostle is a classic example of that!
• Of all the disciples, none stands as front and centre as Peter.
• Peter dominates every scene he's in.
• i.e. Have you noticed his name is always first whenever there is a lists of disciples?
THERE ARE OF COURSE TWO WAYS TO VIEW EVERY SITUATION:
A preacher was opening his mail one morning.
• Drawing a single sheet of paper from an envelope he found written on it only one word:
• The next Sunday he announced,
• "I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their name.
• "But this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name
• And had forgotten to write a letter."
You can look at every situation in two ways:
• And you can of course look at the life of Peter in two ways;
• Impetuous failure or courageous follower.
• Peter was a man who was very strong willed, passionate, and expressive.
• He did nothing half-heartedly.
• When it came to fishing he was determined and sometimes obnoxious;
• When it came to friendships he was loyal to the core, blindly courageous,
• At certain times he was over confident, which caused him to overstate his commitment.
• But if necessary he was prepared to stand-alone!
• He may have made;
• Promises with his mouth that his body would be unable to keep.
• But Peter also demonstrated faith that none of the other disciples dared to do!
• Ill: Remember it was Peter & ONLY Peter who actually walked on the water!
Quote: C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed:
• “You never know how much you really believe anything;
• Until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death.
• It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong;
• As long as you are merely using it to cord a box.
• But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice.
• Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it?
• Peter was willing to put his faith into action;
• To put his belief into practice.
• Maybe that’s why Peter was not just one of the twelve:
• He was spokesman for the twelve; whether they liked it or not!
• A book I don’t think you can get at Keith Jones Bookshop is called
• “The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook.”
• And it’s just a manual, written in quite a factual tone,
• Based on interviews with experts in a variety of fields.
• It has reached number one best-selling status as a non-fiction paperback book.
• The back cover lists some of the books various sections.
• How to fend off a shark,
• How to take a punch,
• How to deliver a baby in a taxicab,
• How to survive a poisonous snake attack,
• How to jump from a moving car,
• How to identify a bomb,
• How to escape from Killer Bees,
• How to survive if your parachute fails to open and dozens of other dire situations.
• In fact there ones section called
• What should you do if confronted by an angry mountain lion?
The options are:
• 1, run;
• 2, play dead;
• 3, hold your coat open like a cape;
• 4, sing a gentle, happy song.
• OK, shall we have a show of hands, how thinks its 1, 2, 3, 4.
• The correct answer according to the “Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook” is No 3;