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Peter’s Act of Obedience

September 26th, 2011 No comments

When Jesus, a carpenter, gave Peter, a fisherman, advice about fishing, Peter obeyed. What can we learn from him?

Luke tells of Peter’s reply, when Jesus told him to put his boat out into deep water and let down his nets for a catch:

Simon replied, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, I’ll drop the nets.”

Calvin comments on Peter’s remark:

…a particular instance of faith, rendered to a single command of Christ, would not have made Peter a Christian, or given him a place among the sons of God, if he had not been led on, from this first act of submission, to a full obedience.

Being a Christian isn’t about obedience. It’s about faith. Peter wouldn’t get any “credit” for obeying Jesus in this instance, unless it led him into a deeper faith in Christ.

But, as Peter yielded so readily to the command of Christ, whom he did not yet know to be a Prophet or the Son of God, no apology can be offered for our disgraceful conduct, if, while we call him our Lord, and King, and Judge we do not move a finger to perform our duty…

But Calvin then asks how many of us who claim a deep faith, fail to offer even the obedience of a non-believer like Peter was at that point in his life? A good question!

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Christianity a ‘Faded Memory’

October 6th, 2010 No comments

The Christian Post reports today that for most young Britons, Christianity is “a faded memory.” This is from a survey of 300 people born after 1982.

Most young people in Britain consider Christianity irrelevant to their lives but they are not as hostile towards religion as their parents’ generation, researchers in the Church of England have found.

That seems like a good thing. The church has historically had to deal with both indifference and hostility, but indifference doesn’t have to work as hard to become curiosity. Especially since Christianity is offering answers to questions that matter:

… while Generation Y is largely unfamiliar with formal religion, it still takes a keen interest in ethical issues.

“The young people drew moral guidance from family as friends, but they also recognized the potential of religion, including Christianity, to provide them with guidelines for living,” she said.