Week 4 – Jeff Maness – October 15th, 2017
So often we find ourselves believing the lie that because of what I’ve done, Jesus must be done with me. If that were the case then just about every Bible hero we’ve grown to love would be disqualified from being used by God. The reality is, no matter what I’ve done to Him, Jesus is not done with me. If Jesus can get past my past, then so can I.
Walk This Way: Past
Big Question: How does Jesus respond to my past?
Main Scriputre: John 21:3-19
John 21:3a 3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”
John 21:3b “We’ll come, too,” they all (disciples) said. So they went out in
the boat, but they caught nothing all night.
John 21:4-9 4 At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples
couldn’t see who he was. 5 He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any
fish?” “No,” they replied. 6 Then he said, “Throw out your net on the
right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they
couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. 7 Then the
disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter
heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for
work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. 8 The others stayed
with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only
about a hundred yards from shore. 9 When they got there, they found
breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some
John 21:15-17 15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of
John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you
know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus
repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes,
Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,”
Jesus said. 17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love
me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said,
“Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said,
“Then feed my sheep.”
1. He takes me back
John 21:18-19a 18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were
able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you
wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and
others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus
said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God.
2. He transforms me
Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has
become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
John 21:19b Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”
3. He transitions me
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