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The Denial of Jesus

November 1, 2015 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Luke

Topic: AM Service Passage: Luke 22:31–34, Luke 22– 54:62

Nobody wants to be thought of as weak. We want to be strong, able, and ready for the challenge. But when it comes to spiritual battles, when preparedness gives way to self-confidence, we are giving an opportunity to the Enemy. In the story of Peter’s denial of Jesus, we see the leader of the apostles, the one who walked on water and professed that Jesus was the Christ, declare that he could handle all that Satan could throw at him. His collapse in such a short time serves as a warning for us – we can never defeat sin and Satan except by the grace and power of God. The good news of the gospel found in this story is that Jesus promises to pray for Peter, and encourages Peter with what his role will be after he repents. This is the Jesus we serve: the one who loves us in spite of knowing who we are, the one who restores us to fellowship with the Lord, and the one who makes us useful in His Kingdom. There is a great deal we can learn and apply in “The Denial of Jesus” (Luke 22:31-34, 54-62).

I. Peter’s Presumption
A. Satan’s Schemes
B. Relying on Self

II. Peter’s Plunge
A. Test Failed
B. Terrible Denial

III. Peter’s Preservation
A. Preserved by Christ
B. Preserved for Christ

Questions for consideration: (1) Why do you think Peter would have thought he could resist Satan’s schemes? When have you been similarly overconfident? What was the result? (2) What challenges to your profession of Christ have you faced? What did you learn from them? (3) How did Peter’s sadness help him? Can you recount a difficult or sad occasion that actually was to your benefit?

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