• Katie Bock

Mar. 11 - Matt Moore, Good Advice from Pete

On Sunday, Greg was on top of another mountain, so we were blessed by a visit from Matt Moore. Matt wanted to share some advice from his favorite disciple, Peter, but first he gave some examples of the kind of person Peter was, so we could decide for ourselves if it’s really advice we want to take.

1. In Luke 5, Jesus spoke to the people from Peter’s boat, then asked Peter to sail out into the water to fish, even though the fish hadn’t been biting that day. Peter recognized that it was God’s power that filled his nets with fish, not just good luck or his own fishing skills. When the boat got back to shore, Peter instantly decided to leave behind everything he had ever known, so he could he dedicate his life to following Jesus.

Do you want to take the advice of a man who left behind all earthly things to follow Jesus? If yes, skip ahead to Pete’s advice. If you’re not convinced yet, continue to point 2.

2.The disciples in the boat were shocked and frightened to see Jesus walking on the water. Matthew 14: 27-29 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. And Peter stepped out onto the water.

Do you think you want to take the advice of a man who would do whatever it takes to be with Jesus? If yes, skip ahead to Pete’s advice. If no, take a look at point 3.

3. In John 18, when the Pharisees came to arrest Jesus, Peter pulled out his sword and cut off Malchus’s ear. Jesus hadn’t wanted Pete to react with violence, but Peter couldn’t stand idly by as Jesus was taken. (See the tweet above from Peter, courtesy of Matt)

Do you think you want to take the advice of a passionate defender Jesus? If yes, skip ahead to Pete’s advice. If you’re still not sure, continue to point 4.

4. Finally, when Jesus told Peter he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed, Peter couldn’t believe that would ever happen. But sure enough, Jesus was right and Peter was filled with shame and guilt.

Do you think you want to take the advice of a man who deeply loves Jesus, but is broken and makes mistakes just like us? Surely you’re convinced by now!

Peter’s advice:

1 Peter 5: 1-11 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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