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The Gist of the Church School Lesson

Posted Sunday, April 15, 2018

15Apr

Follow Me

Lesson and Read: John 21.15-25

He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?’ And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

John 21.17 (NRSV)

This lesson focuses on the commission Jesus gave to Peter to tend and feed the Lord’s flock. Jesus asked a crucial question in a deliberately uncomfortable setting to get a true answer. It was a response more accurate than even Peter imagined.

On the night Jesus was betrayed, he was arrested and taken to the home of Annas, the former high priest, where an illegal trial was held. Peter followed and was sitting in the outer courtyard, next to a charcoal fire (John 18.16-27). While Jesus suffered through false charges and bribed testimony, Peter was also being interrogated. Several persons suspected he was a follower of Jesus but when asked directly he denied it, three times. When Peter heard the sound of the cock crowing, he realized that he had broken his bold promise to never desert Jesus—he had failed his Lord. Now, on the beach, after a miraculous catch, Jesus prepared breakfast for the disciples, cooking the fish on a charcoal fire (21.9). That fire must have reminded Peter of that terrible night. In that setting, Jesus asked Peter about his devotion and dedication: “Do you love me?” Jesus asked Peter three times and the torturous memory of his denial was lifted up. No doubt Peter was ashamed and disappointed with himself. In his arrogance, he had contested Jesus’ prediction and overestimated his own strength (13.38). Now, on the beach, Jesus did not ask, “Did you love me that night?” He asked, “Do you love me, right now?” He asked three times. He pushed Peter to look inside himself and honestly answer. Peter’s best answer was, Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you (21:17). Each time Peter responded, Jesus repeated his commission: “Feed my lambs; tend my little sheep; pasture my sheep.”

Jesus knew all about Peter and still he assigned him the care of his followers. If Jesus could forgive such a betrayal and entrust with such a responsibility, how much forbearance should his followers show? How much should share the work of ministry? We must be like Jesus, if we would follow him.

Reverend Steven B. Lawrence
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Thoughts

Posted Monday, April 09, 2018

09Apr

Self-awareness is good, but sometimes self-awareness isn’t good enough. Awareness of what GOD sees is even better.
Sermon: "From one spiritual knucklehead to another"

Rev. Sedrick Jones
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Verse for Reflection

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018

03Apr

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:10-12
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Thoughts

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018

03Apr

"Jesus, on the cross, is teaching us to suffer and sacrifice for others" Meditation: The Seven Last Words of Christ 

Reverend Donna Jones