Sermon on Sunday, April 13, 2014 by Pastor Thomas Tate
DO YOU LOVE ME?
- So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
Do You Love Me?
- So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?”
– John 21:15a
A Flash Into Peter’s Past
- Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.’ “But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.” All the disciples said the same thing too.
- Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.
- “You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” “This is one of them!” But again he denied it. “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.” But he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!” Immediately a rooster crowed a second time.
Jesus Restores Peter
- He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
Do You Love Me?
- “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.”
Loving God Results In Knowing God Intimately
- “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
- “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.
Loving God Gives You Responsibility and The Joy Of Servant hood
- “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
Loving God Results In Complete Joyfulness
- “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
GOD LOVES YOU
- “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Loving God Gives You Victory Over The World
- Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Responding To God’s Love Results in Eternal Life
- Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him…We love, because He first loved us.
Loving God Gives You A Fulfilling Life
- For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
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DO YOU LOVE ME?
1. Did you ever give someone a note that said, “Do you like me? Mark Yes or No”? How nervous were you? How did it go?
2. Read John 1:41-42; 21:15a. What did Jesus change Simon’s name to when they first met? What did he call him in John 21:15a? Why do you think Jesus went back to addressing Peter by his pre-Jesus name Simon?
3. Read Matthew 26:31-35; John 21:15-17. Do you think there is a connection between the number of times Peter denied Jesus and Jesus asking Peter about loving Him? What can we learn about the character of Jesus and how He deals with His follower’s behavior?
4. Share a time when God dealt with some of your mistakes? Did it seem more judgmental or loving/gracious or something else?
5. Why do you think that in the greek it says that Jesus asked Simon, “Do you agapao (unconditionally) love me?” and Peter answered “Yes Lord; You know that I phileo (brotherly love) you”? The third time Jesus asked Peter if he “phileo” him and Peter seems to get upset, why do you think that is?
6. Do you remember how you felt and acted when you first fell in love? Was it a chore or a pleasure to serve the person you were in love with? What kind of things did you do for that person when you were so in love with them?
8. How do you feel about Jesus questioning His disciples about their love for them? How do you feel about Jesus saying love results in action? How does this work with being saved by grace? Do you feel in love with Jesus right now?