Follow Jesus (John 21:15-19)

Terrel Kesterson, July 16, 2017
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

In the first few centuries, Christians were severely persecuted by more than one of the emperors of the Roman Empire. In the face of persecution some of the Christians declared that they had renounced Jesus Christ and returned to their pagan beliefs, and some even handed over the names of other Christians to the Roman authorities. These Christians who became weak in the face of persecution came to be called “Lapsi” by the other Christians. Later, when some of the Lapsi wanted to rejoin their former congregations, there was a big controversy among the Christians over whether or not they should be allowed to.

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John 21:15-19

15So when they had broken their fast, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16He saith to him again a second time, Simon, [son] of John, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Tend my sheep. 17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 18Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19Now this he spake, signifying by what manner of death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. (ASV)

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