Summary: Christians need to quit pretending not knowing the Lord.

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The title of message today is, The Pretender. A pretender is a person who changes his behavior in order to fool other people into believing he is who he says he is, although he is not. She is a pretender. He is a pretender that uses deceptive speech to conceal one’s true purpose or identity.

Pretenders break dishes and when asked of course no one knows anything about it. Pretenders act as if they are sleeping when they their spouse comes in the room. Pretenders try to peek on your test to get the answers, and when you look at them, they look out the window.

Pretenders also run for political office. They often make promises to all of us to improve education, prescription drugs for seniors and fair housing, better access to health care, when they know when they are elected they will be stopped by the power of lobbying.

The pretender of all pretenders is Satan. He can appear in so many forms. He can manifest himself many ways in his efforts to foil that plans of God.

In Luke 22 talks about a pretender named Peter. Now Peter was a hand selected apostle by Jesus who had a problem with pretending. Peter, an inner circle disciple wasz not fully convinced in the mission of Jesus.

Many Christians today fail because they do not buy completely into mission of Christ.

What is Jesus’ mission for the church today?

· Love God first

· Love your neighbor

· Go into the world and share the good news

o To seek and to save the lost.

So Jesus is being taken to the judgment hall in verse 22:54.

Luke 22:54-67

Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. [55] But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. [56] A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, "This man was with him."

[57] But he denied it. "Woman, I don’t know him," he said.

[58] A little later someone else saw him and said, "You also are one of them."

"Man, I am not!" Peter replied.

[59] About an hour later another asserted, "Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean."

[60] Peter replied, "Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!" Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. [61] The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times." [62] And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Why did Peter pretend to have no relationship with Jesus? Maybe let’s ask him!

Reasons for Denial #1 Luke 22:57

Luke 22:57

But he denied it. "Woman, I don’t know him," he said.

Jesus rebuked me a lot. One day Jesus commenced to washing all the feet of the disciples. Heck! I did not want my feet washed, certainly not by the Master. But Jesus told me I will have no part with Him in the ministry, if he did not wash my feet. He should not wash feet. He is the Son of God.

So I said it I don’t know Him!

Reasons for Denial #2 Luke 22:58

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