Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church


 
 

The Officers and members of Berean would like to extend a hearty "welcome" to
our  Visitors and Friends. We are privileged to have you in our midst today.
Please come again and worship with us in the home of the Lord. "Surely the
righteous shall give thanks unto thy name; the upright shall dwell
in thy presence." (Psalm 140:13)


Pastor Homer Hart
Senior Pastor
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Spirit of Prophecy

. . .The twelve had not shown themselves
unfaithful. Peter speaking for his brethren,
had then declared his loyalty to Christ. Then
the Saviour had said, “Have not I chosen you
twelve, and one of you is a devil?” John 6:70.
In the upper chamber Jesus said that one
of the twelve would betray Him, and that
Peter would deny Him. But now His words
include them all. Now Peter’s voice is
heard vehemently protesting. “Although all
shall be offended yet will not I.” In the upper
chamber he had declared, “I will lay down
my life for Thy sake.” Jesus had warned him
that he would that very night deny his Saviour.
Now Christ repeats the warning: “Verily I say
unto thee, That this day, even in this night,
before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny
Me thrice.” But Peter only “spake the more
vehemently. If I should die with Thee, I will
not deny Thee in anywise. Likewise also said
they all.” Mark 14:29, 30, 31. In their self-
confidence they denied the repeated
statement of Him who knew. They were
unprepared for the test; when temptation
should overtake them, they would
understand their own weakness. When Peter
said he would follow his Lord to prison and
to death, he meant it, every word of it; but he
did not know himself. Hidden in his heart
were elements of evil that circumstances
would fan into life. Unless he was made
conscious of his danger, these would prove
his eternal ruin. The Saviour saw in him a
self-love and assurance that would overbear
even his love for Christ. Much of infirmity,
of unfortified sin, carelessness of spirit,
unsanctified temper, heedlessness in entering
into temptation, had been revealed in his
experience. Christ’s solemn warning was a
call to heart searching. Peter needed to
distrust himself, and to have a deeper
faith in Christ. Had he in humility received
the warning, he would have appealed to
the Shepherd of the flock to keep His sheep.
(The Desire of Ages,
Chapter 73, page 673)

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