Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Call of Peter to Discipleship


Spoke to a Pastor recently, who found it interesting that I would go to any efforts to help someone find a bed (because they couldn't afford to buy one). What happened to full salvation? Salvationists are known to be very busy during the week practically helping people. I know personally, I find it very, very hard to spend all week working on a sermon for Sunday, then come out of the office to join the church on Sunday, and then head back to the office to prepare another sermon for next week. My theology has to be refined by practical engagement with the mission of God.
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Self-Denial Appeal this Sunday. Give generously.

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Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of praise. Days later he is crucified. Talk about a change of heart. We pray for the opposite: People that were once crucifying Jesus by the way they live, now give Jesus shouts of praise.
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‘One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the Word of God...’ (Luke 5:1). How great would it be, if people crowded around to hear the Word of God. Will you be the one to speak it? Will people listen to what the Lord wants to say, through you?

In this story in Luke 5:1-11, Jesus asks Simon and his companions to go out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch. An overwhelming catch of fish occurs. Read this:

“At the miracle Simon’s self-assertiveness crumbles. Luke cunningly no longer calls him ‘Simon’, but ‘Simon Peter’, adding the Christian title ‘Peter’ as he crumbles completely before the one who confronts him. He repents and believes: ‘He fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man”’. It is thus, as a believer, conscious of his own weakness and need before the person of Jesus that Peter is made a disciple”.
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Question – Should Euthanasia be legalised? If not, then what reasons do you give to someone who says yes?

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