by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: With a Promising Failure
Series: Face to Face
Stuart Briscoe
John 1:35-42

John Yeats, the British poet said, "Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success." Human history is full of examples of the accuracy of this observation, but it doesn't always work out that way. When Jesus met Simon Peter-a promising failure-face to face, wonderful things happened.

I. A Momentous Meeting.

A. "The Word became flesh." 1:14

B. "The Lamb of God." 1:29, 36

C. The Jesus connection: John, Andrew, and Simon.

II. A Penetrating Prediction.

A. A long look. 1:42
1. "He knew all men." 2:24

2. "He knew what was in a man." 2:25
a. Problems.

b. Potentials.

B. An apt allusion.
1. "You are Simon." 1:42


Part 2: With a Genuine Skeptic
Series: Face to Face
Stuart Briscoe
John 1:43-51

Those who think, doubt. This is good because healthy doubt is an antidote to the germs of error and the dangers of lies. But unrelieved skepticism leads to the paralysis of cynicism. It's inconsistent too! Even the man who believes in nothing looks for a woman to believe in him. Jesus met a genuine skeptic one day.

I. A Skeptical Response to a Personal Testimony. vv. 43 45

A. A simple testimony.
1. A testimony of discipleship. v. 43
a. The call- "Follow."

b. The conviction- "Found."

2. A testimony of discovery. v. 45
a. The relevance of the Scriptures.
i. "Moses."

ii. "The prophets."

b. The identity of Jesus.
i. He was expected.

ii. But not what was expected.
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