Peter's Life of New Beginnings - Lessons Peter Forgot 4-7 (4 of 10) by John Barnett

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Peter's Life of New Beginnings - Lessons Peter Forgot 4-7 (4 of 10)
Series: The Gospel of the New Beginning
John Barnett
Mark 14:66-72

Peter who fell into temptation and in fear for his own well being denied the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ his Savior—was so completely restored and given a new beginning, that he stood up in front of thousands of people (many of them witnesses of his own denial and fall) and charged them with the sin of denying Christ!

Acts 3:13-14 "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.14 "But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you..."

Christ's complete forgiveness and restoration takes the bitterness and sting out of our past sins—and makes them a memory of God's grace. That complete restoration to ministry is why I say that Peter is one of the greatest examples of God's grace, loving us even when we sin and fail Him. Peter is perhaps the greatest witness to the new beginnings that Christ offers, because...

PETER DENIED JESUS

One of the amazing aspects of Peter's life is his recovery by God's grace from one of the most public failures, and one of the deepest personal embarrassments of all time.

Peter is forever on record for denying that he even knew Jesus not once, not twice—but three times.

Peter is the premier example in God's Word about hope; hope for a new start, hope for complete forgiveness, hope in the God of the second chance.

After three years of personal one-on-one training in Christ's presence, after all the absolute confirmations of Christ's power—Peter, the leader of the Twelve denies that he ever even knew Jesus. He becomes a complete failure. As we read earlier, after Gethsemane an unprepared Peter faces temptation and fails. That night becomes...

PETER'S DARKEST HOUR

For most of us a failure that big, an ev ...


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