10/25/20 “Hard Providences, VI” Don White

 

Sermon Outline for Luke 22:24-34, 54-62. Theme: God preserves hurting believers who humble themselves under His mighty Hand.

1. Jesus ___________ Peter about the trial to befall him.

A. He prophesies to Peter of the spiritual realities awaiting him.

B. Jesus reveals a transaction between Him & the Father re: Peter

 

2. Peter _________________ proclaims he’s up to the test.

A. Incredibly, Peter disallows Jesus’ claims, v. 33.

B. Sadly, we may also disallow God’s claims, feeling we’re wiser than He.

3. God’s _____________ to cope is reserved for His humbled ones.

A. Jesus directed Peter to his responsibility once he repented.

B. Peter, chastened, gives instruction out of his experience, I Peter 5:5-7.

 

Questions for Study

From where do hard providences ultimately come? “Providences” is a clue.

What ways of handling setbacks, unforeseen losses, etc., only complicate them & make them harder to deal with?

How does Peter’s handling of Jesus’ prophecy (Luke 22:31-34) negatively illustrate Proverbs 3:5-6?

Often in challenging times God’s Word counsels us to wait on the Lord (e.g., Psalm 27, 37, 62; Isaiah 8, 30, 40; Lamentations 3; etc.). Why is that so hard to do? What does it say about us and about where we really place our faith, when we don’t wait upon the Lord?

What is God’s general purpose in hard providences? See Hebrews 12:7-11.