Peter Denies Jesus

Date of talk: 
Sunday, 22 March 2015
Preacher: 
James Noble
Bible verse: 
Luke 22:31-34 & 54-62

On Sunday we looked at Luke’s account of Peter’s denial of Jesus immediately after Jesus was arrested and also Jesus' prophetic words to Peter before all of this happened (Luke 22: 31-34 & 54-62). We found Peter in a place where all that he expected to happen appeared to have failed; a bold sword carrying man, now frightened and broken. He must have felt like he had nothing to offer. Peter’s transformation from a man of bravado to a man full of the love of God, a man who strengthened his brothers and preached to thousands, started with the look of love and compassion that Jesus gave him at this point.

This look of love caused him to remember that Jesus had told him what was going to happen: How he would fall away v34, but that he would turn again v32. And how it would be used for God’s purposes: To strengthen his brothers v32. Peter held onto Jesus' words and the transformation was completed when he was filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This utterly broken, frightened, defeated man, a man with nothing to offer, changed into a powerful speaker who preaches to thousands and strengthened the whole church. WHAT A TRANSFORMATION!

 

For discussion: 

In your small groups this week, why not discuss the following:

  • What are the promises of Jesus over our lives that we can hold onto when everything is falling apart around us?
  • This passage shows that God allows us to be tested. Romans 8:28 tells us that God works all things together for our good. Perhaps you could share some examples from your own lives where you have found this to be true?
  • What have we got to offer? Some of you may be going through testing times right now. Peter was transformed Jesus look of love; by holding onto the promises of Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit. Spend some time praying for one another to be filled with the Spirit. Jesus loves you more than you can possibly imagine, he has not given up on you and he longs to do exciting things with you.