When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:15-18)
When Jesus is finished grilling the fish and bread for breakfast, it’s time for him to grill Peter. (Alyce McKenzie)
This morning as we concluded our series, Rock Solid: Lessons from the Life of Peter, we explored the closing chapter of John’s Gospel. In the presence of his enemies, three times, Peter had denied his Lord. And now, in the presence of his friends, Jesus fully restores Peter. “If you love me, then feed my sheep.”
Love is a powerful motivation. It was love that fueled this simple fisherman to follow Jesus from this day forward, a journey of faith that ultimately led him to Rome, where he, offered his life for the sake of the Gospel and cause of the kingdom.
How does the love of Christ motivate you? How are you joining in the work to care for God’s people?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Salvation Is Here (Hillsong)
- Rock of Ages (Paul Baloche)
- Your Grace Find Me (Matt Redman)
- Video: The Thanksgiving Chair (Shift Worship)
- 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Rock Solid: Chains)
- Benediction (Matt Redman)
You can learn what other communities of faith experience this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.
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