Sermon Snap Shot November 10, 2019

Sermon Snap Shot November 10, 2019

One of the first lessons we learn from this portion of Simon Peter’s story is this:
We are all a mixture of “good” and “bad.” Spiritual growth comes as we embrace the “good” while working, with God’s help, to mitigate the “bad.”
One of my faith heroes is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa during those last years under apartheid rule. Years ago, at a peace conference at which he was invited to share lessons from the Church’s struggle against the evils of apartheid, he began his lecture with these words:
“Until we realize that it is within each of us to commit the most heinous of crimes, we can never hope to be an agent of peace and reconciliation.”
In Simon Peter we find someone who is a mixed bag: some really good qualities and a really strong faith at times…but also some really negative qualities and a weak faith at other times. And we all are no different.
Spiritual growth comes when we realize our strengths and weaknesses…embracing our good and Godly gifts, talents and qualities while asking God to help us keep those negative or “bad” qualities in check.
Like Tutu, I too believe that while we all have the capacity for evil, we all have an even greater capacity for good. We see this evinced repeatedly in Simon Peter’s story.
From Sunday November 10 message based on Acts 4:1-22, “Simon Peter: Guilt-Ridden Yet Gifted Apologist”

Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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