Jesus the Philosopher: Answers for Life
Luke 22:31-34 & 54-62, January 19 & 22, 2022
Read out loud: Luke 22:31-34 & 54-62,
Why is Peter’s life story so encouraging?
#1. The best of us fall short. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. Do you remember what it was that ultimately convinced you that you are a sinner? Paul had to rebuke Peter’s hypocrisy of eliminating Gentiles from fellowship, and Peter’s hypocrisy was after he had received the power of the Holy Spirit! Since that is true why do we expect perfection from ourselves and everyone else when even the Apostle Peter couldn’t arrive at perfection. What do you think of the slogan, “Progress not perfection!” What are you making progress in? Do you set small achievable daily steps or grandiose instantaneous goals that are unattainable and defeating? Do you give yourself too little time to change?
#2. Jesus never fails. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” II Timothy 2:13. If our salvation was dependent on our faithfulness we’d fail dismally, but it’s dependent on Jesus faithfulness which gives me security. In what area would you like to be more faithful to Jesus? What one really EASY thing could you do to be more faithful to Jesus?
#3. No matter what you do, Jesus doesn’t let go. “…and I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28. What’s one sentimental thing that you possess that you will never discard or sell? Why is it so important to you, what does it symbolize or of what does it remind you?
Have you ever moved far enough that you had to make new friends? How hard was that? Jesus never leaves and never lets go of us!
#4. Jesus always forgives. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9. How often do you confess your sin, or talk to God about something that hasn’t gone well? Do you instantly feel forgiven or does a sense of forgiveness take time?
Family Time: Read the story of Peter to your kids. Ask them: “How scared was Peter to not admit he even knew Jesus?” “Does fear ever cause you to change how you act or speak?” “Do you think Jesus forgave Peter for his fear and lying?” Play the game trust. Have you child stand facing away from you and then fall backwards toward you and you catch them. Does it get easier every time? Trusting in the person doing the catching makes the fear go away!