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From Work to Vocation - Sunday, April 2 - Lenten Devotional 2017

From Work to Vocation
Sunday, April 2 - 5th Sunday in Lent
Sinners to Saints: Becoming Who God Sees - Lent Sermon Series

Matthew 16:13-20 (NRSV)
Peter's Declaration about Jesus
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

What does God want us to do with our life?
We will ask that question as we look at the story of when Jesus calls his disciple Simon by his nickname, Peter. We will see that Jesus offers Peter a much bigger purpose for his life than he previously thought he had. This story has much to say about the life God desires for each of us as we continue our journey from Sinners to Saints: Becoming Who God Sees.

Additional Scripture reference:
John 1:35-42 (NRSV)
The First Disciples of Jesus
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated to Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter).


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