Background (Peter) – The life of Peter reveals…
FAILURE, Matt. 26:69-75
- The Pattern of Failure - Peter had boasted that he would never forsake the Lord, Luke 22:33-34.
o When the time came and Jesus was arrested, Peter, like all the others forsook Jesus and fled, Matt. 26:56.
o v. 58 Peter decided to follow the Lord and see what happened, but that he followed Jesus "afar off."
- The Pain of It - When Peter denied the Lord that night, the Bible tells us that he went out and "wept bitterly (Luke 22:62)." He knew that he had wronged the Lord.
Principle #1: Failure happens, don’t get DISCOURAGED!
FOOLISHNESS (John 21:3)is revealed in…
- Choices - After the resurrection, Peter must have assumed that his ministry was over. He had denied the Lord and so he decided to return to the old way of life. Remember: Peter had been called to forsake all those things and to follow Jesus, Matt. 4:19.
- Course - When Peter went back to the old life, he took others with him.
Principle #2: Failure happens, don’t get DISTRACTED!