Faces Around the Cross
Faces Around the Cross
March 27, 2022
Pastor Mike Rippy
“Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.” But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” “Man, I am not!” Peter replied. About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.” Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.” Lk. 22:54-62 (NIV)
Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.
John 18:18 (NKJV)
✓ Fire of Failure
And he went outside and wept bitterly.
➢ Choosing the Easy Way Out
➢ Over Confidence - Pride
Question: What’s piled up in your life? Do some spiritual “SPRING CLEANING.”
• Frank evaluation - Ask God to show you anything you need to deal with.
✓ Fire of Forgiveness
Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. John 21:9 (NIV)
Five Ways God Forgives:
➢ God forgives Specifically.
➢ God forgives Instantly.
➢ God forgives Completely.
➢ God forgives Repeatedly.
➢ God forgives Freely.
“He has forgiven all of your sins. He has utterly wiped out the evidence of broken commandments which always hung over our heads and has completely annulled it by nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14
✓ Fire of Empowering
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all [a]with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house
where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them [b]divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV)
The Holy Spirit:
➢ Helps You Live Above Sin.
➢ Helps Your Prayer Life.
➢ Gives You More Power.
MY NEXT STEP TODAY:
➢ Begin a relationship with Jesus today.
➢ Take action on your PRAY – INVITE – BRING card. ➢ Attend NEXT STEPS on April 10th