Standing Firm in Shaky Times - First Peter 1. The man himself

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Sunday 3 rd September 1. The Man Himself

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ST PETER – ST PETER’S BASILLICA THE VATICAN ROME

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PETER’S BIRTH PLACE

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PETER’S WEAKNESSES * HEADSTRONG – Mark 8:32-33 Mark 9:5 * ARROGANT – Matt 26:33-35 John 13:37-38 * ‘WEAK IN THE FLESH’ – Matt26:40-41 Matt 26:69-75 Gal 2:11-13

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PETER’S STRENGTHS * COMMITTED – Mark 10:28 * PUT GOD FIRST – Acts 5:29 * EXCITED – Matt 14:28-33 Jn 20:1-9 * REPENTANT – Lk 5:6-8 Jn 21:15-19 * PERSERVERANCE – Jn 21:15-20

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LESSONS FROM PETER’S LIFE 1. Ground ourselves in the Word of God and rely on the Holy Spirit 2. Put the Lord first and keep our eyes on Him 3. Think before we speak or act! 4. Acknowledge we are not perfect and make mistakes 5. Repent of and forget past mistakes 6. Be aware of Satan’s subtle and devious tactics 7. Not be afraid to take a stand for Christ

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1 Peter 1:1; 5:12 ‘To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood’: ‘I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.’

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