… “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” … “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
Luke 5:8, 10
Saturday was the funeral for my colleague, Dr. Leo Wagner. Before his death, I shared with him my interest in Orthodox Christianity. He was enthusiastic about my pursuit as we African-Americans have little exposure to the ancient faith. He was aware of the role Africans played in helping to form the church’s doctrine and told me that he looked forward to hearing how or what Orthodoxy could contribute to our churches. I pray that he is watching my journey with Athanasius, Cyprian, Mary of Egypt, and all of the other saints from all corners of the faith.
Praying birthday blessings to my wife. In her illnesses, Brenda has taught me more about life than perhaps if she were well. I would like the thorns of MS and bipolar disorder be miraculously removed from her. But, the grace of God is sufficient.
CONFESSION & DISCIPLESHIP
(Introduction) Peter showed great faith in letting Jesus teach from his boat and then go out and fish after an unsuccessful night (vv. 5-7)
(antithesis) The miracle and simply following Jesus afterward is not what made Peter a disciple
(thesis) Peter’s confession was the pivotal point that endeared him to Jesus (and the astonishment of his companions vv. 8-10)
(propositional statement) There can be no true discipleship without true confession
(relevant question) What makes true confession so crucial to following Jesus?
- Confession identifies the mercy of Christ as the source of our blessings (v. 8)
- Confession puts us in a state of humility (v. 8)
- Christ confirms confessors (v. 10)
(conclusion) If we short-change God on our confessions, we short-change ourselves from the fullness of walking with him