Victory Church
Cloud of Witnesses | Peter
06.27-29 Pastor Brett Rush
Locations & Times
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  • Victory Church - Greenfield
    Freedom Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM, Monday 6:30 PM
  • Victory Church - Columbia
    550 Linden St, Columbia, PA 17512, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM, Monday 6:30 PM
  • Victory Church - Strasburg
    114 W Franklin St, Strasburg, PA 17579, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 PM, Monday 6:30 PM
  • Victory Church - Lititz
    540 E Newport Rd, Lititz, PA 17543, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM, Monday 6:30 PM
  • Victory Church - Quarryville
    15 E 3rd St, Quarryville, PA 17566, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM, Monday 6:30 PM
  • Victory Church-Ephrata
    939 Linden Rd, Ephrata, PA 17522, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM, Monday 6:30 PM
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5–8
To be a good leader, you first have to be a good follower.
Matthew 4:18- 20 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.
1) A Choice
“People often think of Christian morality as a kind of bargain in which God says, “If you keep a lot of rules, I’ll reward you, and if you don’t I’ll do the other thing.” I do not think that is the best way of looking at it. I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.” (C. S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity)
2) A Calling
Understanding – (based on logic)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him,and he will direct your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Faith – (based on the Holy Spirit’s leadership)

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1
LIFE LESSONS FROM PETER:
Afterward Jesus appeared again to His disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?" "No," they answered. 6 He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:1--6
LIFE LESSONS FROM PETER:

1) Be mindful of influences

Proverbs 13:20, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”

Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’"
LIFE LESSONS FROM PETER:
1) Be mindful of influences

2) Jump out of the boat
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14 :25-28
Jumping out of the boat means having great love for Jesus Christ.

Jumping out of the boat means having trust in our relationship with Jesus.

Jumping out of the boat means pushing back fear and putting faith in its place.

Jumping out of the boat is wholehearted loyalty to Jesus Christ.
LIFE LESSONS FROM PETER:
1) Be mindful of influences
2) Jump out of the boat

3) Put Jesus First
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?”Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Peter, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it. Matthew 16:15-18
How can we put God first?

How do we… “add to our faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love!”
2 Peter 1:5–8

To be a good leader, we first have to be a good follower.