Believing in the God Who Believes in You (2 of 7) by Roger Thomas

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Believing in the God Who Believes in You (2 of 7)
Life with Peter series
Roger Thomas
John 1:35-42
July 22, 2001

Do you believe in God? I am sure that most of you do or you probably wouldn't be here today. Most of you are at least searching for some degree of certainty about the reality and presence of God. But I have another question for you today, one that in some ways may be even more important. Does God believe in you? Does he know you exist? Does that matter to him? What crosses his mind when he thinks of you? Does he have confidence in you? Does he believe he can trust you with important matters?

Whether you think God believes in you has a lot to do with how and why you are going to believe in him. Will your faith be tentative and hesitant? Will you desire to draw near to him? Or be more inclined to stay at a safe distance?

We are in the midst of a series of messages on the life of the Apostle Peter. We will be examining several key events in this early Christian leader's life as an introduction to study of his first letter to his fellow Christians. I am convinced we will find a number of key lessons for our lives two thousand years later. In each look at an even from Peter's life, we will be in search of that
"big idea" that connects with our lives. We will not just be looking at history, but our current relationship with the Living God. Our constant question will be—what does Peter's faith and ours have in common? How can our relationship with God be more like that of the Apostle's?

Last week we started with an overview of his life. We learned that Peter was an ordinary man who accomplished extra-ordinary things because of his relationship with God. He was a rough, tough Galilean fisherman. He was probably wasn't wealthy. In fact, he seems to have been a hired fisherman for Zebedee and his sons James and John. He was unschooled. He knew little of the ways of the rich and powerful. He also was prone to make his sh ...


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