This week we look at some followers of Jesus who were not exactly admiring friends—the religious heavyweights, the Pharisees. These teachers of the Law are constantly clashing with Jesus, yet so many of us in the faith will be able to relate to them when we look closer.
This sermon continues our series exploring the real people around Jesus in His ministry. Today we come to one of the most well-respected and religious people yet…AND one of the ones who had the hardest time understanding what Jesus was about. But his journey continued, as do ours.
This sermon is the second in a Lenten series looking more closely at those who spent the most time with Jesus–they were complicated, flawed and very human and we can learn something about discipleship from each of them. Today we look at Peter, the most talked-about disciple but also one with the most failures. What does that mean for how God can use failure in our lives?
This sermon kicks off a sermon series for Lent called “Ordinary People: Examining those Around Jesus”. Jesus had several people who spent a lot of time with Him. Not all of them liked Him or followed His teachings. ALL of them are flawed and challenging and have lessons for us as modern day disciples trying (and failing) to be who God made us to be. We begin with Matthew, the guy with the terrible reputation.