Nominal Christians are those people whose life is not characterized by repentance, obedience and faith in Christ, but they’re found in the church gatherings just to maintain their religious status. It is necessary to examine our lives and see if our professed love for God stretch into action and showcase Christlike character. In this passage, we learn how we can forsake nominal Christianity and continue to walk faithfully in the path that Christ has called us.
Suffering is a result of sin and sin dwells in our lives, our hearts and in our minds. Our culture often deals with suffering by trying to avoid it, not knowing the fact that suffering is the inevitable part of life. But the bible actually encourages Christians to face suffering with faith in order to grow in Christ and to draw closer to Him, because only God is the solution for all our sufferings. In this passage, we learn how to depend on the Lord in times of suffering.
In this passage we see the whole humanity in display. Peter denies Jesus Christ and is brought to shame; he denied his own Master. All the Apostles abandon Jesus and run away (including Peter), but the significance of Peter’s denial is something that depicts Human heart so well. Peter promised that he won’t betray Christ but very soon he fell. As you listen to this sermon, you’ll see how Peter’s reactions teach about human pride and the mess it creates in our lives.