Sermon Text: Matthew 16:16 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Sermon Title: The Straight Line to Success
BP: Move the hearers to trust God.
Introduction: Everyone wants to know the keys to a successful life. Millions of people believe if they won the Powerball and meg a millions success would be theirs. Actually there is nothing wrong with wanting success. Who doesn’t want to be a successful wife, husband, dad, mom, worker, athlete, golfer, gardener, cook, whatever. No one wants to fail. Most people I know want to succeed – to be great at something but how. Let’s look at the life of peter for help…Jesus ask the question who do men say he is? Peter gives the correct answer then gets the keys to the kingdom authority….
Point 1: Mistakes reveal your true motives. Vs. 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Move 2: Mistakes mature you. Matthew 17:1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
Move 3: Mistakes aren’t final. Matthew 17:5 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”