Friday, October 7, 2011

"Reaching Your Potential"

MARK 1:14--18; JOHN 1:40-42 (SEE Jeremiah 18:2-6)

I believe next to salvation the most important thing we could ever do is achieve our potential. We’ve been created in the image of God and that image is an image of tremendous potential. The character study I want to consider is a man who certainly began as a diamond in the rough but became a jewel in the hand of God - Simon Peter.

A bird’s eye view of his development: READ JOHN 1:40-42 beginning of discipleship; MATT 16:17-18 progress; JOHN 13:36-38 confession of commitment; JOHN 18:10-11 cut off Malchus ear; JOHN 18:15-18 17*, 25*-27* denials; JOHN 21:3 influential backsliding; JOHN 21:1517 restoration - 3 denials required 3 affirmations; ACTS 1:15-16 leading with boldness and the rest is history.

He was a man with temporal secular values (a fisherman) - basically and factually insignificant. But by developing his God given potential - he became a man of significance (one aspect of that is the books of I and II Peter that God used him to pen)

Simon. The name means "hearing.”
Cephas is Hebrew
Peter is Greek,
"Stone" is English.

It means a mass of rock detached from the bedrock or strata on which the earth rests. The future tense, "thou shalt be", indicates that of Peter’s possible potential. It is given prophetically to describe the stability to which the then weak and vacillating Simon should attain.

What are the building blocks for reaching your maximum potential? I’m going to give you a list of words that concisely define the essential building elements for reaching your full potential. There is the building block of:

I. SALVATION

This fundamental, yet an essential element, is the foundation that must be laid. Most of the people in this world are trying to reach their potential apart from God and it can’t be done. How does a person get saved? What is necessary for salvation?

A. Revelation Mark 1:14 “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying,”

1. The Presence of sin (Romans 3:23) In a person’s life.

“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 - saw miracles of fish in net)

2. The Price of sin (Romans 6:23) It is death

1Jo 1:8 ¶ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

3. The Provision for sin

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

B. Repentance Mark 1:15 “Repent,”

Lu 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

In the recorded context of Simon Peter’s opportunity and acceptance of that opportunity to become what Jesus wanted him to be, he is called to repentance

C. Receptivity Mark 1:15-18 “believe the gospel”

II. SUBMISSION Mark 1:18

Many are missing the key elements of:

A. Desire 1:17

B. Trust 1:17

C. Obedience 1:18

D. Anticipation 1:17

E. Consistency

Ro 6:13 Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.

“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:66-69)

F. Self-denial (SEE Matthew 16:24-26)

III. STUDY
Ec 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

We need:

A. Mentor John 1:40 Andrew and Jesus

B. Motivation

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

C. Means - The Bible, books, tapes,

IV. SPIRITUALITY

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. {to be carnally...: Gr. the minding of the flesh} {to be spiritually...: Gr. the minding of the Spirit}” (Ro 8:5-6)

This is the element of authenticity that keeps us:

A. Clean

B. Close

C. Committed

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