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Resurrection Restoration: The Life of Peter (4 of 5)
Sermon Series: Easter
I'm going to ask you to do something difficult. I would like you to recall the biggest failure of your life. What is the one thing you've done that you regret more than anything else? What is the one thing you wish you could do over again? Perhaps your most devastating failure or regret is a previous marriage, a current marriage, unsaved children, a former or present promiscuous lifestyle, an extended span of rebellion, or a miserable career. Whatever your failure, I understand. Believe me, I understand. Oh, I'm sorry, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Simon. You probably know me as Peter, which means "rock." Although my name means "rock," I feel more like a pebble. You see, I experienced a devastating failure. To make matters worse, my failure was recorded in Scripture and has been read or heard by countless people. But before I confess my failure to you, I want to share with you a bit about my life.
I grew up in Israel. I had a decent house along Lake Galilee and lived with my wife and mother-in-law. I had a fishing business with my dad, John, and my little brother, Andrew. We were working class-we labored with our hands-long hours, crummy conditions, and little pay. Like all good Jewish boys, I was trained in the Law, I lived under the oppression of Rome and I wanted freedom. John the Baptizer had been preaching about repentance. Many were flocking to him, but not me. I had to work, and my work was fishing. But Andrew went and heard John the day that John pointed to Jesus of Nazareth and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" Jesus then invited Andrew and some others to the place where He was staying. Andrew returned to me and said that he had found the Messiah. Naturally, I told him that he was out of his mind. But my little brother was insistent. When he asked me if I would come and see for myself, I responded, "No, than ...
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