Center of Gravity

Center of Gravity - Pastor Kevin Bowen

Sunday, April 3, 2016

     1. Strengths and vulnerablilities

1 Peter 1:6-7 

 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,  so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 13:1-2 

  How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
  How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Psalm 13:5-6 

  But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
  I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

      2. Weans us from the world

James 1:2-3

Count it all joy, my brothers,  when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

     3. Enables us to comfort

Luke 22:31-34 

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial

  “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,   that he might sift you like wheat,   but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”   Peter  said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”  Jesus  said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”