Peter | Nothing Wasted Week 3 | St. George
Scriptures: Matthew 26:69-75, 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2 Peter 1:5-9
SERIES THESIS: God never wastes a hurt, but WE do.
1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Matthew 26:69-75 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man! Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Question: Can a person be FAITHFUL after a failure?
1 Peter 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
QUESTION: Can I lose my salvation?
DEAD GIVEAWAY: It’s an inheritance that can never PERISH, SPOIL, or FADE.
2 Peter 1:5-9 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
TAKEAWAY #1: Past mistakes will either be heavy BAGGAGE or a great TEACHER.
TAKEAWAY #2: Your past should not CONTROL you, but it should CAUTION you.
TAKEAWAY #3: Your insights will be someone else’s BREAKTHROUGH.
BOTTOM LINE: Your failure can help someone stay FAITHFUL.
Discussion Questions (start by reading Matthew 26:69-75)
1. Have you ever been in a situation where you were tempted to deny your faith?
2. Why would we be tempted to look at Peter’s sin of denial and classify it as a minor failure in comparison to the kind of failures we often see in leadership today?
3. Read 1 Peter 1:3-5 and answer the following questions.
-Have you ever feared sinning so badly that you could lose your salvation?
-What does this verse tell us about the security of our salvation (inheritance)?
-Why should this dispel any notion that we can lose our salvation?
4. Jesus restored Peter within mere days or weeks of his failure. Do you think that most churches would have restored Peter so quickly or at all today? Why or why not?
5. Read the three Takeaways from the outline. Which one was most meaningful to you and why? How does it impact your life moving forward?
6. Is there someone you need to forgive? If so, let that be the subject of your prayers this week.