Mike Souder - April 30, 2017

What Now Peter? When Life Doesn't Go as Planned

What Now?

I used to think life was linear. I expected things to occur in a certain progression; to go in a more-or-less straight line forward. And then I hit a curve...and then another curve and another. Were these curves my fault, the fault of others or what? And where was God in all of this? The question for this Sunday, and for the next few weeks of sermons, is "WHAT NOW?" What do I do, where do I turn when life doesn’t go as expected? How do I make sense of the disappointments of life? How do I overcome discouragement, disillusionments and other “dis” experiences and move on with the life God intended me to live? This week, we’ll look at a few of these questions as we consider the life of Jesus' friend, Peter.

From Series: "What Now?"

"Jesus was no longer in the tomb! He had been resurrected! And they all lived happily ever after." But wait....wasn't there a time between His resurrection and when Jesus actually appeared to the disciples again? Wasn't there a time of unsettling inactivity of Jesus' presence; a time of screaming silence; a time when perhaps the disciples wondered if the One they had believed in & followed had been the world's greatest con man? What if He didn't come through? What now?? What must Jesus' disciples have been thinking & feeling during those days: fear? confusion? disillusionment? impatience? grief? hope? Just as Jesus' very own disciples felt all of these things (and more!), so can we, thousands of years later, as we face various unsettling situations in our own lives. Thankfully, the Bible addresses each of these responses...and more! Come join us this Sunday for week #1 of our new sermon series, "What Now?" as we address various reactions to difficult times and what Scripture has to say about each one.

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