A Family Camp Sermon: Lessons From Peter’s Denial Of Christ

Notes from Family Camp written by Sis Leah Kaz:

Well, the morning started out early here at Camp Li-Lo-Li with a prayer marathon starting at 5am. Paul Schreiner led the crew and it was a beautiful time of fellowship, prayer and worship to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We just about missed breakfast, but got there just in time for the left-overs.

After breakfast the families that have already settled in got ready for some sweet preaching from Brother Strobel. Wow did he come out of the gate swingin. The message was on “Lessons from Peter’s denial of Christ” and it was right over the plate. Unfortunately the message was unable to be recorded, so it was a special message just for those who arrived early to camp this year. We have some notes for you to take a look at below. I know that I got what I could, but I sure missed some of the content of this loaded message.

LESSONS FROM PETER’S DENIAL OF CHRIST
LUKE 22:54-62

1) It doesn’t feel good to deny Christ.

  • The pleasures of sin aren’t better than the pleasure of Christ. Luke 22:57-59: “Woman, I know him not”, “Man, I am not”, “Man, I know not what thou sayest”.
  • Take note that Peter wept bitterly once he realized what he had done.
  • This is a picture of the Judgment Seat of Christ. People will wake from their spirit of slumber (Rev 1:14) – Our words will be tried by fire.
  • Peter REMEMBERED the Word of the Lord.
  • Inevitably we deny Christ at some point in our life in some way.
  • Weather you have an awakening here on earth or at the Judgment Seat of Christ, there will be some bitter tears.

2) People are likely to find out.

  • Your sins will always find you out.
  • God has his eye on you ALL of the time.
  • People watch and wait for you to fall (Luke 11:53-54, Jer 20:10-11, Psalm 35:18,19-21)
  • THINK BEFORE YOU GIVE IN TO SIN.
  • Weigh the risk vs. benefit … is it worth it to deny Christ? NO!

3) Why did Peter deny Christ?

  • -Earlier that day Peter was standing up for Christ.-Peter did not have the spirit of fear at all, so why did he fall?
  • -Peter got upset with Jesus, and that’s where it starts with us sometimes. Maybe when things don’t go quite the way we thought they would or how we planned, we also get upset.
A) Peter got upset with the Lord.
B) He failed to watch and pray (was falling asleep during prayer meetings) 1 Cor 10:12 – TAKE HEED LEST YE FALL
C) Peter entered in to temptation. Eph 6 – YOU NEED YOUR ARMOUR – STAY AWAKE DURING PRAYER, BIBLE, READING, AND CHURCH.
D) Peter followed afar off – Luke 22:54 – STAY CLOSE!!
 
  • He that sits on a fence often falls off on the wrong side.
  • Luke 22:55 – Don’t hang around the wrong crowd – It will rub off on you!

4) After denial you have to face the Lord about it.

  • Refer to John 21:9
  • Get things taken care of here on earth and be prepared to have a good experience at the Judgement Seat of Christ.
  • CLIMB! PUT THE EFFORT IN. Be humble & step by step you can get back to where you were before you denied Christ.
  • John 21:18-22 – FOLLOW THOU ME – Jesus made it easy…. Here it is Peter, just follow me man!
  • Don’t worry about what John is doing! Don’t worry about what others do!
  • Keep your eyes on the Lord and your own race.
A) He denied Christ.
B) He faced Christ.
C) He almost messed up again.
 

5) Even if you deny Christ God can still use you!

  • Amen for that!
  • Acts 2:41 – 3,000 souls were saved as a result of Peter’s ministry just 50 days after he denied Christ. God had him right back to work … get back to the plow after you mess up. You have some ground to make up, but you will be just fine.

WHERE THERE IS LIFE THERE IS HOPE!!

Okay, I am going to go eat some lunch and then finish the Prayer Marathon. If you have denied Christ or are even contemplating sin, get it taken care of now and get back to work for the Lord. He needs you active in His army!

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