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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Awestruck (PM)

Our sin is more wicked and destructive than we've allowed ourselves to accept...
Hebrews 2:2-3

We'll spend our time this evening examining a pivotal moment in Peter's life as he encounters Jesus! Jesus transforms our relationships with ourselves. The salvation of Jesus Christ comes into your life & it utterly reconstructs your personality, it utterly transforms every area of your life. Let's read our text & dive in: Luke 5:1-11

Awestruck Phase 1 - "Soul Wretchedness"
  1. In the presence of excellence, both attracts & repels! Isaiah 6:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20
  2. Reveal our weaknesses! ILLUSTRATION: Science Fair 1992 (Desire to quit!)
  3. The first phase of being awestruck by Jesus is the end of denial, end to all the ways we've lie to ourselves about our shortcomings & sins! A realization of our sin - Proverbs 28:13, Romans 3:10-18, 1 John 1:8-9
  4. Once you are really awestruck with Jesus, you'll see yourself as more wicked & sinful than you ever dared believe. James 4:8-9
Awestruck Phase 2 - "Affirmed Boldness"
  1. Simultaneously, you sense that you are more valued & loved than you ever dared hope! AT THE SAME TIME! In His presence we experience infinitely greater realism about our flaws. As well as infinitely greater self-worth. - Colossians 1:20-22
  2. Awestruck! Affirmed-boldness & sin sick-humility at once! - Luke 5:8-9, 10-11
  3. ILLUSTRATION: Paper Universe
Awestruck Phase 3 - "Inspired Action"
  1. What else is left to do, but follow Jesus? - Luke 5:10-11, Hebrews 2:1-4
  2. Almost certainly the greatest catch of fish Peter had ever experienced! More $$ lying on that beach than he had ever seen! He walked away from it all!! - 2 Corinthians 5:7
  3. When you encounter Jesus, He doesn't just affect your private life, He affects every part of your life. Jesus becomes the priority. Your relationship with Him becomes the most important thing in every area of your life! - Colossians 1:22-23
  4. The phrase "make you fishers of men" doesn't translate perfectly. It actually means, "to rescue people FOR life" "to liberate people INTO life" - Colossians 1:26-29
This encounter with Jesus should remind each of us that yes, our sin is more wicked & destructive than we've allowed ourselves to accept, but that we are also more valued & loved than we could ever dare to hope! Peter had these realizations and he learned from them! Notice that in John 21, when Jesus has resurrected and yells from the beach to Peter & the others to throw their nets on the other side of the boat, Peter doesn't question or complain, he obeys! He knows Jesus is leading him into something special, and he doesn't hesitate to run into His almighty arms!


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