SERMON TOPIC: The weak, the strong and the shepherds
Speaker: Ken Paynter
Date: 10 September 1995
Topic Groups: LEADERSHIP, MENTORSHIP
Sermon synopsis: Are you a weak or strong Christian – or are you a shepherd?
Matt 26:37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” …
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Each and every one of us is subject to the weakness of the flesh.
If we do not strengthen ourselves in the inner man, if we do not spend time seeking God’s face and praying, we will – like Peter and the other apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane – not be found when the testing comes.
Heb 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, a Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.