Greetings my friends. It is Sunday May 02ND 2021, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us get closer to Christ our Savior than we were yesterday.
Last Sunday I wrote about having “writer’s block”. Soon after praying for God’s wisdom – I wrote a new sermon on two good Kings of Judah from the Old Testament. It’ll be my next sermon to preach to my church family in a few weeks.
This morning I’m preaching my sermon on Simon Peter’s denials and restoration. It’ll also serve as a wrap-up of John’s Gospel. My half-year program of reading, studying, writing, and preaching from John’s Gospel officially comes to a close with this sermon.
This will be my 40TH sermon to my church family over the past 4½ years. Today I’ll be preaching via a manner somewhat differently than I have previously. I’m a little nervous about it. Hopefully everything works out well with this modernized method. If so then it’s my way forward for future sermons (and communions).
Lately our Pastor has been delivering some amazing and powerful sermons on how great our God is. They’ve been longer-than-normal sermons too – with lots of slides via PowerPoint. I’m talking over 100 “quick-flipping” slides !
My sermon today will be of normal length – about 30 to 35 minutes – accompanied with about a dozen slides via PowerPoint.
Here’s what one of those slides will show:
Suddenly – Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows – you will deny three times that you even know Me.” And he went away – weeping bitterly. (Matthew 26:75)
Once the rooster crowed – Peter realized what had happened. When Jesus told Peter that he will deny Him 3 times that night – before the rooster crows – Peter was astonished that Jesus would say such a terrible thing. “Why would you say something like that ?” And then it happened. And Peter realized that Jesus was really in control. And Peter left the courtyard. He went away – weeping bitterly.
I then compare Peter’s denials of Jesus with Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.
I’m looking forward to sharing with my church family what God has placed on my heart with this message.
Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:
The Lord bless you, and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
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