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Disappointments shouldn't lead to suicide, but that shows how ridiculous idolatry is


Kent Bateman understands what it is like to go down a path of despair and then find rescue in the Lord. Listen to him tell his personal story of difficulties in his youth and the path that led him to pastor at Midtown Church in Columbia, South Carolina.



"The difference between Christ and the gods of this world is that he's alive." Jesus is alive and actively working in our lives to redeem us and use us for his kingdom.

What are some of the idols that plague the youth of your church? Without using their names, who are some of the people (kids or adults) in your church that cause you headache and heartache?
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How can you faithfully pray for God's redemptive work in the lives of these people that you referenced in the above question?
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John 18:25-27 (ESV)

Peter Denies Jesus Again

25Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”26One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?”27Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


John 21:9-19 (ESV)

9When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.14This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus and Peter

15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”16He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.18Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”19(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What does this interaction with Peter tell about the redemptive heart of Jesus?
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