by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 9 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: The Potential of a Person
Series: Growth Of A Soul
Stuart Briscoe
John 1:35-42; Luke 5:1-11

God is clearly concerned about a world full of people, but He deals with them one at a time. His intent is to develop their divinely-ordained potential. The record of Simon Peter's experience offers rich insights into what is involved in "the growth of a soul."

I. Discerning the Potential of a Person.

A. Universal potential-the things that are true of everyone.
1. The potential for good because of Creation.

2. The potential for evil because of the Fall.

3. The potential for growth because of Redemption.

4. The potential for significance because of Glory.

B. Unique potential-the things that make you you.
1. Natural considerations.

2. Relational considerations.

3. Spiritual considerations.

II. Discovering the Potential of a Person. John 1:35 42

A. By accepting the divine perspective.
1. Simon's meeting with Jesus was not a coincidence.
a. The ministry of John the Baptist-"Look the Lamb of God"


Part 2: Invitation to Significance
Series: Growth Of A Soul
Stuart Briscoe
Mark 3:7-19

Jesus not only recognized the potential in the Galilean fisherman called Simon, He also extended to him an invitation that, when accepted, opened the door to a highly significant experience of life. He still does the same thing today.

I. The Significance that Comes from Being Invited.

A. The context.
1. Those who were hostile. v. 6

2. Those with insight but resistant. v. 11

3. Those who clamored for sensation. vv. 7-8

4. Those who desired personal benefit. v. 10

B. The call.
1. He "called to Him those He wanted." v. 13
a. Called to withdraw. v. 7

b. Called to meet Him. v. 13

c. Called to fulfill His purposes.

2. "They came to Him." v. 13
a. From where they were…
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