This morning’s sermon was based on the above passage and the minister opened it up so well. It was a humbling example of when I assume I understand a passage, which in actual fact is far far-away from the truth. The verse which really got me was v.27,
With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.
I’ve heard people say so many times to go to Christ with my problems and sins and entrust him to deal with them. But I’ve never listened, I’ve always gone away and read books about the issue (as my close friends will tell you, such a self-helper!) in hope for a physical remedy to my troubles. The minister made it clear today that instead of falling at Christ’s knees and saying, “I can’t do it! Help me!” I walk away just as the rich guy who was ‘sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions’ thinking it’s hopeless.
When will I ever get it into my thick skull that it is impossible for me but entirely, fully, 100% possible with God?! I’m such a disciple!
In this sermon Mark Driscoll gives the biblical description of a “friend”. Do we really have as many friends as Facebook tells us we have? Are we being duped by some people we have graced the name friend? I’d never really thought through these questions and some before – it’s challenging, maybe even discouraging but in the end, are we being foolish by imagining life to be an ideal one?
- How is Jesus a good friend to you?
- How can you be a good friend and to whom?
- Whom would you consider a good friend and why?
- What is changing your thinking of friendship? Whom do you need to pursue more intentionally?
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.”
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
This passage from John 21 was brought up at the end of Piper’s sermon, Battling the Unbelief of Envy. I find it so easy to be envious of other Christians for the talents that God has given them. These words by Jesus give the stark reality of thinking these thoughts.
Going through 1 John at the moment. Heard this sermon a couple of days ago on the way to work.
This sermon was an encouragement to say the least.
Boy, do I need this!