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August 11, 2020 12:00 am
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs” (John 21:15).
And in a fire, and personal Sherry Bradley Junior welcoming you to another broadcast of the Baptist Bible. During this time the pandemic we heard about many many different kinds of problems and not quite as much said about the drug problem is we have previously so many other things have required attention, but we have also noted that in many areas. The problem of drug addiction has increased and not diminished childlike once again to offer our booklet entitled, there is hope. Hope of freedom from addictions.
Hope through Jesus Christ. If you know someone who is struggling with an addiction with the drug problem that you would like to pass along a book that speaks of the hope that we have in our Savior Jesus Christ just request that when writing is the title is there is hope. Our address is the Baptist Bible. Our box 17/37, Cincinnati, OH 45217 now we continue today with the message do you love Jesus from John chapter 21 verses 15 through 17 Jesus questioned Peter three times that third time, Peter was grieved. I don't think that indicates that he was irritated. He knew that Jesus had a right to probe deeply into his heart and to bring about a painful experience if needs me so that Peter was fully convinced that what you done was terribly wrong. He was genuinely grieving over it. He was truly unrepentant spirit and so is Jesus asked these questions three times. No doubt it brought back in vivid memory. The experience that night when he denied his Lord in Luke chapter 22 the 60th verse let's get a little more that so we just read what took place at this time of his denial. The first 56 Luke chapter 22 verse 56 certainly made held him as he sat by the fire and earnestly looked upon him and said this man was also with him. That is with Jesus and he denied him saying woman I know him not just cause there to say this sometimes become confused and disturbed over the doctrine of perseverance. They make the assumption that if you believe in that doctrine. Your judgmental and you're looking all others in determining that if they're not living up to your standard they're not child of God that is not the case doctrine of perseverance is this.
Those who are being preserved, give evidence of it but the fact that they persevere. Now, if you walked up on this occasion and heard Peter, one of Jesus followers say I know him not, and later heard impressing that he knew not the Lord you wouldn't send l'affaire was a child of God. There is one it had some serious doubts about the Peter which indicates that a child of God can temporarily fall into great sin, but the evidence that they belong to the Lord is that there is repentance there is recovery and so there is perseverance a continuance on course as a little while another saw him and said, thou art also them and Peter said, man. I am not about the space of one hour after another confidently affirm saying of the truth. This fellow also was with him, for he is a Galilean. And Peter said man know what thou sayest, and immediately while he yet spake, grew with Jesus and said for the couples free time to look denied me for the cockles you will deny me thrice and the Lord turned and looked upon Peter and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said and began before the Cockrill that is undeniably thrice and Peter went out and went bitterly down as Jesus probes deeply into Peter's heart and ask him three different times love this family. The memory of that night looms in is my goal. How deeply he hurt when you just denied his Lord Jesus is been arrested.
Jesus is been treated like a criminal. Peter said Lord have die with you if necessary, but he's not even with the Lord. He's out in the distance. He's Denying Ave. in Jesus looks so lightheaded. Look at Peter's heart melted and he burst into tears.
The effectiveness love if you truly love Jesus. It will bring you to us. It will bring you to a place of grieving deeply over your sins that have offended thoroughly. The one look at the proof of this love, love leads to obedience a profession without love claiming to love saying I love God I love the Lord. But there is no obedience is his main it's empty it means nothing. Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 15 in verse eight. This people draws nigh unto me with their mouth and honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from a people have a form of religion.
They say the right things they say they love God.
They say the economy but their hearts, not just to say I love Jesus but you never obey him at empty you might saying enthusiastically that p.m. there is a name I love to hear and on the same. Oh how I love Jesus all have Jesus. You may sing it lighter than anybody else. But if you're not obeying him.
It's all tissue. Jesus says in John 1415 if you love me, keep my commandments. That's the evidence that you love does a lot of lip service.
Singing a lot of hymns to the effect that you love it mean absolutely nothing. If you do not give clear proof of it by your obedience. Love will move you to self-denial Luke chapter 9 verse 23 and he said to them all. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Those words of Jesus differ significantly from what's being preached from many pulpits in America today. When I said if you will follow Jesus you make you wealthy. I don't want to miss people before breaks that wealth and prosperity doctrine. Jesus never promised. They said if you want to come after me if you want to be my follower got to deny yourself.
You don't idolize yourself. You don't make all your plans or goals to be number one, you do not self, you're willing to die to self, take up your cross daily cross is not a part of the jewelry that you where cross is a place to die. Dine out the pride to selfish interests. The fleshly lust.
The love for the world dine out to self and whosoever will save his life shall lose it. But whosoever shall lose his life for my sake. The same child safe true love for Jesus then will move you to self-denial here still in the position of trying to work out a little side around here where you can follow Jesus, but it not interfere with the rest of your life. You don't know what loving Jesus is all about Jesus doesn't come to be added on to a list of other interest in your life becomes as not only the Savior sold with the Lord of your life to take over as a young lady whose background was of another religion.
The team followed in our church a number of years ago to profess your faith in Christ. We inquired how her family reacted and it was okay with them was the problem.
Then one day a relative came to visit who understood more about Christianity than her parents understood and he explained to them. Do you know that when she confessed Christ and said I'm a Christian. That means she gave up all other parts and then they were to start. They had no problem if Jesus was going to be added to the list. That idea was the more gods you have, the safer you are one of miss giving Allegis anyone that might be a help to us. Just wanted you to stand Jesus on that's okay that's not Christianity to become a follower of Jesus Christ means he takes over. He's Lord of your life every detail in every decision and every action, if ever thought he is the Lord of your life.
Love leads to service. Jesus said, feed my lamb's. The words Peter you may have felt that because you failed it was all over for you.
You could never be useful again no place for you in the kingdom, but he gives him a job. He says if you love me you unable to demonstrate it by what I have for you to do. I want to feed my lambs. I think that would indicate that Jesus wanted Peter to be concerned about the young ones in the fold.
The weak ones the feeble ones feed my lambs truck just a matter for you to the very knowledgeable able to discuss some of the deeper doctrines of Scripture and lay it out for those who are mature and well versed to the feed my lamb.
I want to think about the little children that will be under the sound of your voice when you preach the gospel, how to think about those songs and have limited knowledge and they struggle want to think about them. The book of first Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 14 says now we exhort you, brother, and warned them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded that term is not used in the sense in which it is commonly regarded today talking about those who are weak those who are struggling. Those whose faith maybe faltering comfort them support the week don't despise him, don't look down on them and self righteousness support them.
Be patient toward all men feed the lambs and noticed that Jesus calls them my lambs and mushy and safe. Peter belong to you in my want to feed him and that gives a tremendously solemn responsibility to every minister the gospel to understand.
It's not my church. It's not my sheep. It's his to his church. It's his sheep. Think what a responsibility, but what a privilege to stand before God's people speak to his little lamb's speak to his children. His sheep feed them, and the word carries a connotation that indicates more than just feeding them but shepherding them tending to them talking Van leaving them in the right path. What responsibility Peter fulfilled that work and later when he wrote his official first Peter chapter 5 he is writing to advise other ministers feed the flock of God now asked the question to you directly. Is there proof of this love in your life supposed Jesus put in an appearance here today, he personally came walking down the and then he turned to each of you individually, one by one and asked the question, do you love me you will not reply will, of course, Lord. I love you here church. I love you sing these hymns ranging is evidence is not checked in or not. I love you because of something in the Offenbach steps of the but suppose he asked you three times like he did Peter want to get down to the heart of the matter, do you love him enough to spend time reading his word nowadays with texting and emailing all these modern advances.
The whole experience of writing letters is just about gone out. But when people took more time in allowing these messages I don't even spell the words just have to guess longer condemning back in the days when people spell in the room and thought about what they were saying times and were beautiful love letters. I remember one time I was on preaching trip that way for a while and Emily wrote me a letter I was sitting on the front row church rated freaks at night and the letter came to somebody's house and I don't know other than wake left the service, but they just walked up during the song service and when I couldn't wait. I opened and I began to read the letter and people told that the service we never saw such a glow on your face when you read that letter that must've been one divorce you you you love to hear from somebody that you love well if you love Jesus, you want to hear from you want to hear what he's got to say go to his word is words of their love him enough to spend time in his word. If you love somebody won't talk to them you want to have conversation you love Jesus enough to go to him in prayer. Think of it has a duty you dread if you haven't fulfilled you feel guilty, but something you want to do. Love them enough to talk to him in prayer you love them enough to talk about. If you really love somebody you you find the joy in talking about them. Your parents know how it is. Friend. Parents know how this child that's smart and beautiful and doing marvelous things which are sure the child ever maxed up to this and let me tell you what this child you like to talk about those that you love Jesus enough to talk about. Did you talk to anybody about this week. Did you talk even among other believers about what Jesus means to you.
If you have an opportunity to talk about into somebody who wasn't a believer but you didn't do it because you didn't love him enough to do because you were fearful that you might be rejected.
You love enough to teach your children about you on teach something to reporting what is more important than knowing about Jesus. Do you love your children enough to take time.
Mother's father's to tell them about Jesus 11 enough to be a generous giver. God loves a cheerful giver came with alabaster box appointment in Pocatello noted Jesus and wept at his feet and Judas, among other said this is a waste we should have taken that insulted and given the money to the poor.
Jesus did not condemn or any show of affection and love for Jesus is acceptable. God has placed you materially have a hard time turning loose of a portion of to give to his calls are you doing with Jewel you love him enough to be a generous giver. Do you love him enough to forgive. Jesus sat at me in the house of the Pharisee woman comes in from the street, falls down at his feet begins to weep. She sees herself as a center of the self-righteous Pharisee is not thinking of this map of the property wouldn't allow this Rex to touch him. Jesus knows what Simon is thinking since this woman love much because she has been forgiven much, do you understand how much you've been forgiven. You understand how great your sin is as an affront to a holy God and to think that he has forgiven you, every sin on the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. How can you fail to forgive other people be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.
I dare say that there somebody here today. One baby several that are holding things issues that trouble you will not forgive is a pretty good order understand their heart so deeply. No matter how deeply you been hurt, it doesn't compare to what your sin against God. When you have been forgiven completely by his grace and mercy. How can you resist and be hesitant to forgive anybody else anybody here today harboring bitterness, resentment, beloved Jesus enough to turn the subject. He love him enough to go to him in confession and admit Lord I been wrong. Forgive me you love Jesus enough to commit yourself to be member of member of the Bible believing church.
Commit yourself to the responsibility of membership and to be his follower, and serve him. Finally, we want to quickly consider the source of this love God is the source of first John 48 says God is love. First John 419 says we love him because he first loved us.
His love is so great it passes our ability to comprehend.
We can talk about it we can sing about it. We can hear it preached. We can rejoice to know that God is love and that God loves us the words of Paul depends in Ephesians chapter 3 verse 18 that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth of the links on the depth and the height and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge that you might be filled with all the fullness of God, the love of Christ passes knowledge the think that Jesus Christ who was the God man, the perfect Lamb of God, no sin, no fault, no failure laid down his life for guilty ribbons, such as we are by nature suffered the anguish of the father. Turning his back on until he had a crowd my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me, and suffered in those hours you and I could never have paid for something in him itself forever. We would never have been able to pay the first scene he paid more.
We view this love, the more our love for him will grow his love is a blessing of grace. You don't love Jesus does because your heart was more tender and you generated is love you love him because he first loved.
You don't deserve that. Love. What a blessing to think that he loved us. If you love Jesus today. It springs from the love that he has for you.
And may we grow in that love, and love him more John Newton who wrote amazing Grace also penned these words so much forgiven so little so little love so many mercies so few returns such great privileges and a life so sadly below.
Let us pray Lord help me to love people.
If you come to love Jesus, you love him as the Savior soul because you know that without in your lost.
You've embraced about faith. You never confess to make you love him enough today confession. Let us pray Lord, we come to the deeply convicted by what we read in this portion of Scripture, we pray that you would help us to love the more help us not just to give lip service, but to live it out in our life every day that others may see Jesus's.
We are weak with failed where to stumble and fall, as did Peter, but we pray Lord hold the shop. Help us to love these will make this church grow in love for Jesus and be a testimony to others round about the glory of God. As for the findings. A man hopefully we can all say today that we love Jesus Christ. And yet, we have to admit with the hymn writer Howard moved to him was often so cold and faint on his love for us is indeed so great you like to get this complete message on CD requested when writing this and until we greet you next time.
This is Mr. Bradley Junior bidding goodbye and may God bless and all in all, and all the in all and in all