Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

The Pentecost A time to glorify Christ. How God used ordinary men and women, just like us, to glorify His name.

Similar presentations


Presentation on theme: "The Pentecost A time to glorify Christ. How God used ordinary men and women, just like us, to glorify His name."— Presentation transcript:

1 The Pentecost A time to glorify Christ

2 How God used ordinary men and women, just like us, to glorify His name.

3 St. Peter Mathew 10:2 “Now the names of the twelve apostles were these: first, Simon, who is called Peter.” Mathew 10:2 “Now the names of the twelve apostles were these: first, Simon, who is called Peter.” –Greek term for first is protos, which means chief, leader of the group –Whenever the disciples were mentioned in Mathew, Mark, Luke and Acts, Peter is the one that is mentioned first.  Stands out as the leader, spokesperson for the whole group –Peter’s name is mentioned in the Gospels more than any other name except Jesus

4 St. Peter’s Qualities Eager Eager Aggressive Aggressive Bold Bold Outspoken Outspoken Impetuous Impetuous Impulsive Impulsive Naturally dominant personality Naturally dominant personality

5 “Simon, who He also named Peter” (Luke 6:14) Peter means Rock Peter means Rock –Petros is the Greek word for “piece of rock, a stone” Jesus wanted the nickname to be a perpetual reminder to him about who he should be. Jesus wanted the nickname to be a perpetual reminder to him about who he should be.

6 In Luke 5:5: Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” In Luke 5:5: Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” –That is young Simon the fisherman speaking – he is skeptical and reluctant But as he obeys and his eyes are opened to who Jesus really is, Luke refers to him by his new name: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8) But as he obeys and his eyes are opened to who Jesus really is, Luke refers to him by his new name: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8)

7 Three key elements for True Leadership 1. The right raw material 2. The right life experiences 3. The right character qualities

8 Raw Material Age-old debate about whether true leaders are born or made Age-old debate about whether true leaders are born or made –Peter is a strong argument that leaders are born with certain gifts, but must also be properly shaped and made into a true leader

9 Inquisitiveness Leaders need to have an insatiable curiosity Leaders need to have an insatiable curiosity Knowledge is power Knowledge is power Whoever has the information, has the lead Whoever has the information, has the lead Normally manifests in early childhood Normally manifests in early childhood Peter asked more questions than all other apostles combined! Peter asked more questions than all other apostles combined! –He wanted to know more, to understand better

10 Initiative If a man is wired for leadership, he will have drive, ambition and energy If a man is wired for leadership, he will have drive, ambition and energy He is a starter He is a starter Not only did Peter ask lots of questions, but he was usually the first to answer any question posed by Christ. Not only did Peter ask lots of questions, but he was usually the first to answer any question posed by Christ. –“It is much easier to tone down a fanatic than to resurrect a corpse”

11 Involvement True leaders are always in the middle of the action True leaders are always in the middle of the action True leaders must show the way True leaders must show the way Even though Peter denied Christ, he and John were the only ones that followed Jesus to the high priest’s house to see what would become of Jesus (John 18:15). Peter was the only one close enough for Jesus to turn and look him in the eyes when the rooster crowed. Even though Peter denied Christ, he and John were the only ones that followed Jesus to the high priest’s house to see what would become of Jesus (John 18:15). Peter was the only one close enough for Jesus to turn and look him in the eyes when the rooster crowed. –Despite his fear and weakness, he couldn’t abandon Christ completely!! That’s a sign of a true leader.

12 Life Experiences Experience can be a hard teacher- humiliating, embarrassing, painful Experience can be a hard teacher- humiliating, embarrassing, painful –After declaring in front of everyone that he would never deny Christ, Peter denied Him anyway. Peter learned the hard way that he was weak and how little substance he had. He learned to be watchful and careful and to rely only on God’s strength. Sometimes the experiences are encouraging, uplifting, and perfectly glorious – such as when Peter saw Christ’s divinity on the Mount of Transfiguration. Sometimes the experiences are encouraging, uplifting, and perfectly glorious – such as when Peter saw Christ’s divinity on the Mount of Transfiguration.

13 Character Qualities Lasting leadership is grounded in character  Character produces respect  Respect produces trust  Trust motivates followers. Lasting leadership is grounded in character  Character produces respect  Respect produces trust  Trust motivates followers. Qualities of a leader: Qualities of a leader: –Integrity, trustworthiness, respectability, unselfishness, humility, self-discipline, self-control, courage

14 Spiritual Leadership Characteristics that were developed in Peter

15 1. Submission -A true leader is an example of submission by the way he submits to God and His word -He later talked about it in 1 Peter 2: 13-18: “Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.”

16 2. Restraint - self-control, discipline, moderation 3. Humility - leaders are often tempted by the sin of pride 4. Love - Love became one of the hallmarks of his teaching. In 1 Peter 4:8 he wrote, “Above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’” It’s about a love that covers and compensates for others’ failures and weaknesses.

17 5. Compassion - Peter has great compassion for those who succumb to temptation or fall into sin since he himself was at the bottom. In 1 Peter 5:8-10, he wrote, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 6. Courage - The price of preaching for Peter would be persecution, oppression, trouble, torture, and ultimately martyrdom – Peter needed rock-solid courage to persevere

18 After the Pentecost  different Peter He preached at Pentecost and 3000 people were saved. He preached at Pentecost and 3000 people were saved. He and John healed a lame man He and John healed a lame man He was so powerful that people were healed in his shadow He was so powerful that people were healed in his shadow He introduced the gospel to the Gentiles He introduced the gospel to the Gentiles He wrote two epistles, 1 and 2 Peter, in which he featured the very same lessons he had learned from the Lord about true character. He wrote two epistles, 1 and 2 Peter, in which he featured the very same lessons he had learned from the Lord about true character.

19 St. Andrew – The Apostle of Small Things

20 He was Peter’s brother, also a fisherman He was Peter’s brother, also a fisherman He was one of the first disciples to be called, and he was responsible for introducing his more dominant brother, Peter, to Christ (John 1:40-42). He couldn’t keep the good news to himself, and wanted to bring the person he loved the most to Christ. He was one of the first disciples to be called, and he was responsible for introducing his more dominant brother, Peter, to Christ (John 1:40-42). He couldn’t keep the good news to himself, and wanted to bring the person he loved the most to Christ. He was the least contentious and the most thoughtful He was the least contentious and the most thoughtful His name only appears 9 times in the New Testament His name only appears 9 times in the New Testament Whenever he speaks in the Scripture, he always says the right things. Whenever he speaks in the Scripture, he always says the right things.

21 He had the right heart for effective ministry in the background. He did not seek to be the center of attention. He did not seem to resent those who labored in the limelight. He was an effective leader even though he never took the spotlight. He had the right heart for effective ministry in the background. He did not seek to be the center of attention. He did not seem to resent those who labored in the limelight. He was an effective leader even though he never took the spotlight. He may be a better role model than Peter for most church leaders, since most who enter the church service labor in relative obscurity, as opposed to being renowned and prominent. He may be a better role model than Peter for most church leaders, since most who enter the church service labor in relative obscurity, as opposed to being renowned and prominent.

22 He saw the value of Individual People He was known for bringing individuals, not crowds, to Jesus. He was known for bringing individuals, not crowds, to Jesus. His first act after discovering Jesus was to go and get Peter His first act after discovering Jesus was to go and get Peter At the feeding of the five thousand, Andrew was the one who brought the boy with the loaves and fish to Christ. At the feeding of the five thousand, Andrew was the one who brought the boy with the loaves and fish to Christ. In John 12:20-22, some Greeks came to Phillip wanting to meet Jesus  Phillip told Andrew and Andrew brought them to Jesus In John 12:20-22, some Greeks came to Phillip wanting to meet Jesus  Phillip told Andrew and Andrew brought them to Jesus

23 He brought Peter to Christ which made him the first home missionary. He also brought the Greeks to Christ, making him the first foreign missionary. He brought Peter to Christ which made him the first home missionary. He also brought the Greeks to Christ, making him the first foreign missionary. The most effective means of bringing people to Christ is one at a time, on an individual, personal basis. The most effective means of bringing people to Christ is one at a time, on an individual, personal basis. Nothing indicates that Andrew ever preached to a crowd, or stirred masses of people, but he is the one that brought Peter to Christ. All the fruit of Peter’s ministry is ultimately also the fruit of Andrew’s faithful, individual witness. Nothing indicates that Andrew ever preached to a crowd, or stirred masses of people, but he is the one that brought Peter to Christ. All the fruit of Peter’s ministry is ultimately also the fruit of Andrew’s faithful, individual witness.

24 He saw the value of Insignificant Gifts He knew the 5 loaves and 2 fish will not feed the five thousand, but he brought the boy to Jesus anyway. He knew the 5 loaves and 2 fish will not feed the five thousand, but he brought the boy to Jesus anyway. God’s ability to use a gift is in no way hindered or enhanced by the size of that gift. It is the sacrificial faithfulness of the giver, not the size of the gift, that is the true measure of the gift’s significance. God’s ability to use a gift is in no way hindered or enhanced by the size of that gift. It is the sacrificial faithfulness of the giver, not the size of the gift, that is the true measure of the gift’s significance.

25 He saw the value of Inconspicuous service Andrew is the picture of those who labor quietly in humble places, “not with eyeservice, as men- pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:6). Andrew is the picture of those who labor quietly in humble places, “not with eyeservice, as men- pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:6).

26 God delights in using such insignificant gifts and inconspicuous service, because He has “chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29) God delights in using such insignificant gifts and inconspicuous service, because He has “chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

27 Lydia – a hospitable heart opened

28 Some Facts Lydia was a worshipper of YHWH, a gentile, not a Jew. Lydia was a worshipper of YHWH, a gentile, not a Jew. She was a businesswoman, she sold purple dye and fancy purple cloth – wealthy She was a businesswoman, she sold purple dye and fancy purple cloth – wealthy Lydia is best remembered as the original convert for the gospel in Europe. She was the first person on record ever to respond to the message of Christ during Paul’s original journey into Europe. Lydia is best remembered as the original convert for the gospel in Europe. She was the first person on record ever to respond to the message of Christ during Paul’s original journey into Europe.

29 Her heart was truly open, she was a genuine seeker of God. Her heart was truly open, she was a genuine seeker of God. Yes, she was seeking, but even that was because God was drawing her. She was listening, but God gave her ears to hear. She had an open heart but God opened her heart. Yes, she was seeking, but even that was because God was drawing her. She was listening, but God gave her ears to hear. She had an open heart but God opened her heart. –“The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul” (Acts 16:14) In reality, whenever you see someone who is truly seeking God, you can be certain that God is drawing them. Whenever someone trusts Christ, it is God who opens the heart to believe. If God Himself did not draw us to Christ, we would never come at all. In reality, whenever you see someone who is truly seeking God, you can be certain that God is drawing them. Whenever someone trusts Christ, it is God who opens the heart to believe. If God Himself did not draw us to Christ, we would never come at all. –“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44). –“No one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father” (John 6:45)

30 For her part, she responded instantly  she and her household were baptized. For her part, she responded instantly  she and her household were baptized. –She led others to Christ, and God was graciously opening their hearts too. –She was quick to show hospitality to Paul, Timothy, and Silas  Had the honor of hosting in her own living room the earliest meetings of the first church established in Europe

31 Judas – The Traitor

32 The call of Judas is not recorded, however he followed Jesus willingly. He had given his life to following Jesus, but he never gave Jesus his heart. The call of Judas is not recorded, however he followed Jesus willingly. He had given his life to following Jesus, but he never gave Jesus his heart. It was obvious that Judas was not attracted to Christ on a spiritual level. He sensed Jesus’ power, and he wanted power like that for himself. He was not interested in Salvation, but in wealth, power and prestige. It was obvious that Judas was not attracted to Christ on a spiritual level. He sensed Jesus’ power, and he wanted power like that for himself. He was not interested in Salvation, but in wealth, power and prestige. On the other hand, Jesus also chose him. Not for redemption, but for his role in betrayal was ordained before the foundation of the world and was prophesized in the OT. On the other hand, Jesus also chose him. Not for redemption, but for his role in betrayal was ordained before the foundation of the world and was prophesized in the OT. –Psalm 41:9: Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.

33 The moral of his life Judas is a tragic example of lost opportunity Judas is a tragic example of lost opportunity Judas is the epitome of wasted privilege Judas is the epitome of wasted privilege Judas is a classic illustration of how the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10) Judas is a classic illustration of how the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10) Judas exemplifies the ugliness and danger of spiritual betrayal Judas exemplifies the ugliness and danger of spiritual betrayal –Judas’ life serves as a reminder to each of us about our need for self-examination (2 Corinthians 13:5) Judas is proof of the patient, forebearing goodness and loving- kindness of Christ. Judas is proof of the patient, forebearing goodness and loving- kindness of Christ. –“The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works” (Psalm 145:9). Judas demonstrates how the sovereign will of God cannot be thwarted by any means. Judas demonstrates how the sovereign will of God cannot be thwarted by any means. Judas is a vivid demonstration of the deceitfulness and fruitlessness of hypocrisy. Judas is a vivid demonstration of the deceitfulness and fruitlessness of hypocrisy.

34 Thank you


Download ppt "The Pentecost A time to glorify Christ. How God used ordinary men and women, just like us, to glorify His name."

Similar presentations


Ads by Google