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APRIL 3, 2011



SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 14:53-54, 66-72 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Mark 14:54 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire. 

INTRO: Peter was confused and dishearten.  

   God’s Word is filled with warnings about failing God. 

1 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT) If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin.

   The Bible has many stories of those who served God yet stumbled and fell. 

   None of us are exempt from the potential of failing God. 

   The life of Peter provides us with the example of how this happens. 

   Peter warmed himself by two different fires and they each left a mark on his life. 


Mark 14:54 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire. 

NOTE: What brought Peter to sit at the fire of failure and what will bring us to this same fire? 


Matthew 26:33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.  

   Peter thought he was strong and brave enough that he would never fail Jesus 

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

    He was putting his confidence in himself instead of in God. 

Jeremiah 17:5 (NIV) This is what the Lord says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength        and whose heart turns away from the Lord.  

NOTE: When we put our confidence in ourselves we are no longer trusting God. 


NOTE: He was expecting Jesus to set up a physical kingdom. 

   In the garden he was ready to die for Jesus. 

John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.  

   Jesus rejected his effort to save Him. 

Matthew 26:52-54 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?  

NOTE: Have you ever tried to do something nice for someone only to have them reject what you did and find fault with your effort? 


Matthew 26:58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.  

   Peter was still following Jesus, but his commitment was wavering. 

NOTE: When God doesn’t act the way we think He should we can become disillusion with Him. 

   Whenever we become disillusion about God we will begin to allow distance to come between us and God. 


Mark 14:54 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.  

   Peter was no longer with fellow believers but rather he was with those who were against Jesus. 

   When we begin to follow God a far off, we will turn away from fellow Believers and begin to socialize more with non-believers. 


Luke 22:61-62 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

NOTE: What do you think went through Peter’s and Jesus’ mind at this time? 


John 21:3-9 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.  But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.  Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.  And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.  And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.  As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.  

   Peter found two things at this fire: Forgiveness and Restoration.  

NOTE: Following the resurrection, a special invitation had been give to Peter by the angels at the tomb. 

Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.  

   When someone stumbles and falls we must be quick to let them know that there is forgiveness with God. 

NOTE: Jesus never said a word about Peter’s denial just called him to service. 

John 21:15-19 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.  

CONCLUSION: If we ever find ourselves being warmed by the fire of failure, we must remember we can always come to the fire of forgiveness and restoration to find peace and comfort. 


APRIL 10, 2011



SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 2:9  

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

 INTRO: There are many great names that many of us hold dear. 

  • Statesmen

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  • Religion

    The greatest name of all is the Name of Jesus.  

   Jesus is the most recognize name in the world. 

   Yet when you look at Him in a non-spiritual way, who was he? 


 Dr James Allan Francis

   Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

   He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself...

   While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

   Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

   I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life. 

   Jesus’ Name is greater than any other name. 

Ephesians 1:20-21 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

 Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  

   What makes Jesus Name so Great and how should we treat His Name? 


NOTE: Jesus’ Name is so great that no single name can reveal all that He is. 

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  

   A. HE IS GOD 

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  

Matthew 16:15-16 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  

Romans 1:3-4 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:  


John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 NOTE: Jesus is the message of Salvation and Grace from God. 


John 4:25-26 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.


NOTE: Since the fall of man, the world has been waiting for the promised Messiah that was to come and free the world from sin. 


John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.  

NOTE: Bread is the staff of life and we must be partakers of Jesus Christ in order to receive everlasting life. 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  

NOTE: Jesus is the only light in this sin darken world. 


John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

 NOTE: It is only through Jesus the we can enter into heaven. 


John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  

John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  

NOTE: There is an evil shepherd that seeks to destroy the sheep. 


John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  


John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  


John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  

NOTE: Jesus is the source of our life. 


Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.  

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:  


Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  

CONCLUSION: How sweet is the Name of Jesus to you? 

   Have you called upon His Name for Salvation? 

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  


APRIL 17, 2011




SCRIPTURE TEXT: Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.  

INTRO: What must have been going through Jesus mind as He entered this week of His life? 

   He could have turned away from Jerusalem. 

   Jesus knew what it was going to cost Him as He entered into Jerusalem and went to the Temple. 

   He stood in the Temple, silently watching what was transpiring.  

   Jesus’ heart must have broken as He observed the hypocrisy. 

   There are going to be a lot of surprised people standing at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 

   Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a Christian. 

Matthew 7:21-23 (NLT) "Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as 'Lord,' but they still won't enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.  On judgment day many will tell me, 'Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.'  But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized.' 

   The proof of our Christianity is found in obedience. 

Matthew 7:24-25 (NLT) "Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.  Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse, because it is built on rock.  

   We are all building our spiritual house but we must be careful that we build it according to God’s Word. 

1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  

   In the Passion Week, Jesus faced a storm of hypocrisy. 


Mark 11:9-10 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.  

NOTE: Some people are easily led by others. 

   On Sunday they were shouting His praises in a few days they were crying crucify Him. 

NOTE: There are fair weather Christians in the summer who disappear when facing the storms of winter 

   They may mean well but they have no depth to give them the strength to stand during the difficult times. 

Mark 4:16-19 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

 NOTE: They have one foot in the Church and the other in the world. 

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  


Mark 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

NOTE: The Palestinian fig tree in early spring produces green fruit before the leaves come.  When leaves are on this tree, there should be either green figs in the spring or ripe figs in the late summer.    Herbert Lockyer, All the Miracles of the Bible: pg.236 

   What is Jesus hungry for? 

   He is hungry for the fruit that is produce in our lives. 

John 4:32-34 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.  Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

NOTE: Jesus is hungry for the same thing in us. 

   The fig tree is a symbol of the Church and God expects the Church (Believers) to produce fruit. 

John 15:2, 5-6, 8 (GW) He removes every one of my branches that doesn't produce fruit. He also prunes every branch that does produce fruit to make it produce more fruit. "I am the vine. You are the branches. Those who live in me while I live in them will produce a lot of fruit. But you can't produce anything without me.  Whoever doesn't live in me is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Branches like this are gathered, thrown into a fire, and burned. You give glory to my Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore show that you are my disciples.


Matthew 21:12-16 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.  And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.  And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased…

NOTE: The religious leaders had no problem with making merchandise of the Temple, but fought the ministering to the needs of the people. 

   God knows the heart of all those who worship Him. 

1 Samuel 16:7c …for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

   The Temple was filled with those who were worshiping God for the wrong reason. 

   They worship God for what they can get out of it. 

   They use the Church to satisfy their own ego.  

   Many times they don’t even know they are doing it. 

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT) "The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?  But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve." 

CONCLUSION: In order to be free from the sin of hypocrisy, we must do three things: 

  1. We must love God with our whole heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  

  1. We must be obedient and seek to fulfill His will in our lives.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  

  1. We must worship God in sincerity and holiness.

1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  


APRIL 24, 2011 




    And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  

INTRO: When these women came to the tomb they expected a tomb with a dead body. 

   They had prepared special spices to wrap His body in. 

Luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  

   Have you ever spent hours preparing something only to find out in the end it didn’t work? 

   You say, “Why did I waste my time on this? 

   We are all looking for fulfillment and satisfaction in life, but many are looking in the wrong place.

   Why are we seeking that which brings life, among that which brings death? 

Isaiah 55:1-3 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.  

Haggai 1:5-6 Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.  Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.  

   Why did I waste my time on all these things that have no eternal value? 

   Why are we seeking a dead savior when there is a Savior that is alive? 

Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  

NOTE: They came with empty hearts expecting a full tomb; they left an empty tomb with hearts that were filled with joy and expectation.  

CONCLUSION: Let us not seek to find satisfaction and the fulfillment of life in the things of this earth but let us look to the Living Savior Who will give us eternal life.


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