The Power of Prayer | November 11, 2017

The Power of Prayer (November 11, 2017)

Sermon SeriesFollowing Jesus (A Journey of Faith)

Big Idea: Answer opposition with prayer.

Scripture: Acts 12:1-24 (ESV)

Closing Song: Our God (Chris Tomlin)

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Following Man or God? | November 4, 2017

Following Man or God? | November 4, 2017

Sermon SeriesFollowing Jesus (A Journey of Faith)

Big Idea: Where do you place your faith? In man or in God?

Scripture: Acts 5:12-42 (ESV)

Closing Song: Power Over Evil (Created… Music Project – parody of Eye of the Tiger by Survivor)

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A Bigger Picture | October 28, 2017

A Bigger Picture (October 28, 2017)

Sermon SeriesFollowing Jesus (A Journey of Faith)

Big Idea: Jesus came to save everyone.

Scripture: Acts 11:1-18 (ESV)

Closing Song: One (Created… Music Project)

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Peter’s Bold Sermon | October 21, 2017

Peter’s Bold Sermon (October 21, 2017)

Sermon SeriesFollowing Jesus (A Journey of Faith)

Big Idea: God’s way is the better way.

Scripture: Acts 3:17-4:4 (MSG)

Closing Song: This Little Light of Mine (Addison Road)

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Overcoming Shame | October 14, 2017

Overcoming Shame (October 14, 2017)

Sermon Series: Following Jesus (A Journey of Faith)

Big Idea: No one is too far gone to receive Christ’s forgiveness.

Scripture: Matthew 26:69-75 / Luke 24:1-12 / John 21:15-19 (ESV)

Closing Song: I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin)

Point One: Peter Denied Jesus

Matthew 26:69-75 (ESV) – Peter Denies Jesus

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Point One: Peter Denied Jesus

1. Peter, first among the Twelve, denies Jesus three times during the night of His mock trial

2. Imagine how Peter felt in that moment (last supper, sleeping in the garden, cutting off ear, then hearing the rooster crow)

3. Despite his guilt and shame, Peter did not lose hope, and God would use him to save thousands

4. Contrast with Judas, who was consumed by his guilt and shame (hung himself in field paid for by the money paid for betraying Jesus)

Point Two: Peter Ran to the Tomb

Luke 24:1-12 (ESV) – The Resurrection

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

Point Two: Peter Ran to the Tomb

1. Mary and the other women went to the tomb and found it empty (an angel tells them that Jesus has been raised from the dead just as He said He would)

2. Upon hearing the news, Peter and John race to the tomb

3. After all he endured, no one would have faulted Peter for returning home rather than wait for the resurrection

4. When you face hardship (or when you simply mess up), do you run towards Jesus or do you run away?

Point Three: Peter Is Redeemed

John 21:15-19 (ESV) – Jesus and Peter

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Point Three: Peter Is Redeemed

1. Jesus returns to the Sea of Galilee where Peter and the others were out fishing

2. Jesus calls out to them, just as He did at the beginning of their journey together

3. Upon hearing His voice, Peter jumps out of the boat and swims to shore (then they all ate breakfast together)

4. Jesus forgives Peter and invites him to follow Him once again (forgiveness and grace should spur us into action – ‘feed my sheep’)

Discussion

1. Have you ever been in a situation where your faith was shaken? What kept you going?

 

2. When experiencing hardship, do you run to Jesus or away from Him?

 

3. Do you truly believe you can be redeemed? If not, what is holding you back?

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Lay Down Your Sword | October 7, 2017

Lay Down Your Sword (October 7, 2017)

Sermon Series: Following Jesus (A Journey of Faith)

Big Idea: If you want to change the world, lay down your sword.

Scripture: Matthew 26:47-56 (ESV)

Closing Song: Take It Back (Created… Music Project)

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Peter’s Confession | September 30, 2017

Peter’s Confession (September 30, 2017)

Sermon Series: Following Jesus (A Journey of Faith)

Big Idea: Who is Jesus to you?

Scripture: Mark 8:27-33 (ESV)

Closing Song: Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)

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