Few weeks ago, I was asked to preach for the third instalment of the Re:New Series at Victory Valenzuela. I almost died. A thousand questions threatened to short-circuit my brain. What would I say? I’m quite happy running our Sunday services from behind the scenes. What business do I have standing behind the pulpit? But I also know that preaching is a God-given privilege so I reluctantly accepted the assignment.
I was assigned to preach on guilt and shame, a theme derived from Peter’s story of restoration after he denied Jesus three times. Here are five highlights from my preaching notes:
- We all fail. All of us are guilty of sin. Because of pride, we are ashamed. Because of fear, we hide. But because of God’s overflowing grace, we have hope.
- Jesus restored the same people who ran away when He was arrested. There is hope for runaways. The good Shepherd wants to restore His lost sheep back to Him.
- Whenever you are reminded of your past failures, choose to listen to the voice of grace over the voice of condemnation.
- Jesus already took all our guilt and shame through the most humiliating form of torture and death at the cross. He endured pain and shame so he could forgive us, save us, and reconcile us to the Father.
- The fisherman who denied Jesus became a fisher of men who died for Jesus. Like Peter, God can use you to testify of his renewing power to the world.
If you are reading this and you are still being haunted by guilt and shame, come home to Jesus today. God wants all His broken, wounded, suffering, lost children to come home. The grace made available for Peter is also available for you now.