Straightway the Cock Crew

TEXT:† Luke 22:31-34,† 54-62

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† THE LORD WARNED PETER Ė THE DEVIL WANTS YOU!

††††††††† 1.†††††† Peter affirms his faith Ė ready to go to prison and death! (vs. 33).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Before the cock crows Ö (vs. 34).

B.††††† PETERíS MISGUIDED ZEAL.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Let the revolution begin! (vs. 49-50).

††††††††† 2.†††††† The answer of Jesus (vs. 51;† Matt. 26:52-54).

C.††††† PETERíS DENIAL (Luke 22:54-62).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Peter followed afar off, sat with the enemy, and warmed himself with their fire.

††††††††† 2.†††††† His third denial was most convincing (Matt. 26:73-74).

††††††††† 3.†††††† The witness of the cock (Luke 22:60-62).

D.††††† MIGHT WE ALSO BE GUILTY OF DENYING THE LORD?† HOW?

I.††††† SOME DENY OUT OF SIMPLE UNBELIEF.

A.††††† UNBELIEF WAS THE CAUSE OF THE CRUCIFIXION (Acts 3:13-14).

B.††††† WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST? (1 John 2:22-23).

C.††††† PROOF TO THE IDENTITY OF JESUS IS AMPLE.

††††††††† 1.†††††† The resurrection is proof (Rom. 1:4).

††††††††† 2.†††††† There were many witnesses (1 Cor. 15:5-8;† 2 Cor. 4:11).

D.††††† THERE IS NO HOPE WHERE THERE IS NO FAITH (John 8:24).

II.†††† CHRISTIANS OFTEN DENY OUT OF FEAR (Matt. 10:32-33).

A.††††† THE CONTEXT OF JESUSí STATEMENT (vs. 16-18,† 21-22).

B.††††† WHAT HAVE WE TO FEAR?

††††††††† 1.†††††† Paul warns of persecution (2 Tim. 3:12).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Ridicule and slander (1 Pet. 4:3-4).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Being ďput out of the synagogueĒ (John 12:42-43).† Loss of prestige.

††††††††† 5.†††††† Loss of family (Matt. 10:34-36).

C.††††† WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW FEAR TO RULE US (1 Pet. 4:13-15).

D.††††† WE HAVE THE EXAMPLE OF THE EARLY CHURCH (Rev. 2:12-13;† 3:7-11).

E.††††† WE ALSO HAVE THE ASSURANCE OF JESUS (Matt. 10:28;† Rev. 2:10).

III.††† AN INCONSISTENT LIFE IS A DENIAL OF JESUS.

A.††††† MANY ARE DECIEVED (Titus 1:15-16;† 2 Tim. 2:1-5).

B.††††† WE ARE TO WALK WORTHILY OF OUR CALLING (Eph. 4:1).

††††††††† 1.†††††† We are called through the gospel of Jesus (2 Thess. 2:14).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Called to a standard (1 Pet. 2:9;† 1 Thess. 4:7,† ie. 1 Tim. 5:8).

C†††††† WE MAY FOOL OURSELVES (James 1:22).

D.††††† BUT WE CANíT FOOL GOD (Gal. 6:7-9).

IV.†† TEACHING ERROR IS DENYING JESUS.

A.††††† TO DENY HIS TEACHING IS TO DENY HIM (2 Pet. 2:1;† Jude 4).

B.††††† LOYALTY DEMANDS ACCEPTING BOUNDARIES.

††††††††† 1.†††††† What does it take to leave the grace of God (Gal. 1:1-9).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Those who depart lose fellowship (2 John 9).

C.††††† TEACHING ERROR EQUATED WITH DENYING THE FAITH

††††††††† (2 Tim. 3:5-8;† 2:16-18;† Col. 2:8).

D.††††† WE ARE TO HOLD THE PATTERN (2 Tim. 1:13-14).

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE TO DENYING JESUS (Matt. 10: 33).

B.††††† BUT THERE IS ALSO A WONDERFUL PROMISE (Matt. 10:32).

GOD WILL NOT DENY THE FAITHFUL!

(2 Tim. 2:11-13).