Are you saved? Has GOD called you to salvation? Have you truly repented of sin & placed your faith in the SON of GOD? If so, you should know that your life should now be characterized by following Jesus. What does that mean? It means that you’re to learn of Him & conform to His Words. It also means that you’re to be busy doing that which He commands His followers to do. In John 20:21, Jesus said “…as my Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.” In other words, just as The Father sent His Son to this world to evangelize sinners, Christ has commanded His followers to go out & evangelize the lost. Now let me say something that may shock you – No Christian has the right to claim that they’re following the Lord closely, wholeheartedly, or in complete obedience if they are not actively evangelizing sinners. In fact, Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 4:19 that if they would follow Him that He would transform them into fishers of men (personal evangelists). So, are you truly following the Savior? There’s no way we can answer “yes” if we aren’t sharing the Gospel regularly with sinners. Fishermen intentionally go fishing & those who are sincerely following Christ intentionally seek opportunities to witness. Well, if you’re struggling in this area or simply want to be better equipped to do what GOD has called you to do, then this series will be a tremendous encouragement & resource to aid you in your personal evangelism. In this series we are going to trace the footprints of the Savior & observe His evangelistic encounters. We’re going to see how the Master engaged sinners & learn some very important principles that we can apply to our own personal evangelism. Friends, I pray this will be a life changing study for every believer.
In this new series, Firm In Faith, we are simply going to consider the life of Peter since he penned the two letters we’re going to study. According to GOD’s Word, it’s profitable to look at the lives of men such at Peter; these Bible characters are examples for us to find out what to do & what not to do. And so, we’re going to examine his beginning, his calling, the changes that took place in his life, & his message to us today. Well, as many of you know, Peter was one of the earliest followers of Jesus. To sum up Peter’s life: Peter was a tiny, unstable pebble who put his trust in Christ the solid rock & taught others how to build upon that sure foundation.
We all can see the problems around us in our world. We all can tell that something has gone terribly wrong. The problems of our world are becoming so chaotic that many pundits are using the term perfect storm to explain the confluence of terror, natural disasters, social upheaval, political corruption, nuclear threats, & widespread epidemics. It seems as if we all are waiting to see what is going to happen next. Well, here’s the good news. We don’t have to live in fear because can know with certainty what’s to come. There is one reliable source of truth about the future & that’s the Bible! GOD’s Word provides reliable information about the meaning of the events in our day & hope for the future as we look toward the return of Jesus Christ. The purpose of this series is not to frighten you, but to make you aware from Scripture of what is going. As we shall discover, the study of prophecy will prepare the believer to face the future, promote purity, provide peace of mind, & prevent his service unto the Lord from becoming apathetic. Join us as we look to GOD’s Word to understand the things to come.
The Bible is filled with a variety of characters. The people that inhabit the sacred pages of Scripture were real people with real issues, challenges, & problems, just like us. And because GOD is the author, the Bible does not shy away from the truths concerning both the strengths & weaknesses of those it portrays. This makes the people in the Bible “practical” in the sense that we can relate to them (they were imperfect human beings) & “educational” in the sense that we can learn from both their successes & failures. That’s why Paul said to the Christians at Corinth…
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them [the characters in the Bible] for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition [instruction], upon whom the ends of the world are come.
In other words, the faces from the past (some familiar; some not so familiar) still speak to us today. So, we’re beginning a new series this morning to explore some of the Bible’s characters because their lives have been recorded by GOD for our instruction.