This Sunday, April 17th, 2016, Pastor Duane White continued to unpack an amazing series titled REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus
In this week’s message, we continued our REencounter series by looking at the subject of overcoming failure. All of us struggle in life and have failed in various ways. Some of us are still living in the consequences of that failure, and we have wondered whether we can ever get beyond that failure. But the amazing reality is, your future is greater than your failure, and God’s call is greater than your fall.
This week, we studied Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ closest disciples who had to overcome failure. Simon Peter displayed a particular proficiency for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, but his life reached a low point when he denied Jesus three times. Yet within a couple of months he was boldly preaching about Jesus on the Day of Pentecost, and he became one of the greatest leaders in the history of the Church.
So what made the difference? An encounter with the risen Jesus, and that is what will make a difference in your life, after your failure.
Our story is found in John 21, and contains two hugely encouraging lessons to take a look at:
- Jesus helps us in our present struggles.
- God has never been afraid of our failure, because He never expected our perfection!
- How do we let Jesus help us?
- Welcome His intervention.
- Obey His instruction.
- Accept His Invitation
- Jesus heals us from our past failures.
- God’s LOVE is not based on performance. It separates who and do.
- God’s love is unconditional – without condition, but not without expectation.
- Truth & love must go hand in hand.
When they finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’ Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’ The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt, because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.” (John 21:15-17)
God gives us second chances. Why? Because the call is greater than the fall. You may still be living in the pain and shame of past failure, or maybe you are wondering whether God could or would ever forgive you. Maybe you feel as though you failed Christ in the past. Maybe at some stage in your life you took a wrong turn and you wonder whether you can ever get back to God’s plan. The great news for you today is that God wants to come and help you face up to the past. He wants to forgive you, restore you, heal you and re-commission you.
You are far more precious to God than a priceless work of art. God made you, and He has a plan for you. He sent Christ to restore you, not only from the damage done to us by others, but also from the damage we have done to ourselves. When He restores us, he doesn’t just patch us up. He makes all things new, and gets us busy with the work He has called us to.
Jesus wants to encounter you, even in your failure. Especially in your failure!
“If you don’t know Jesus as a person, know his remarkable personality – playful, cunning, fierce, kind, creative, (at times irreverent), funny…you have been cheated. If you do not experience Jesus intimately, DAILY, in these very ways, if you do not know the comfort of his ACTUAL presence, do not hear his voice speaking to you personally – YOU have been ROBBED. If you do not know the power of his indwelling life in you, shaping your personality, healing your brokenness, enabling you to live as he did – you have been plundered.” – Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge
You can watch the full message by Pastor Duane below: