Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast : When Determination Isn't Enough

Sermons presented at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN by Dr. Sonny Strange

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November 17, 2013                                                                           


Peter Stories Series

When Determination Isn’t Enough

Luke 22:54-62


Synopsis: Today’s Sermon takes it focus from the story of Peter’s denial of Christ.  It is a sad story that begins with his declaration of his determination to follow Christ and extends to his denial (Luke 22:31-24, 54-62.  The story raises the question, What do you do “When Determination Isn’t Enough”?  Do you cry like Peter?  Well, yes and maybe a lot more often than Peter did. 

It is Jesus’ word to Peter that gives us the answer that God wants us to follow.  I heard Him saying, go ahead and cry, even kick yourself, but don’t stop there or keep on doing it.  What you need to do is “repented and turned to me again,” then get up and “strengthen your brothers.”  That after all is why we have Peter’s story.  It is not to belittle Peter.  It is to strengthen all of us.

Our stories have a way of strengthening other believers when they hear and realize the power of God’s grace.  Grace after all is God’s Radically Amazing Care & Expression of LOVE! 


Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 22:54-62; Psalm 51; Luke 22:31-34; Romans 3:23-26; Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Peter 1:18-19


Scripture Reading: Luke 22:31-34

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