Bible Knowledge Meant to Be Shared; Word of Jesus Shed Light for Lives of Others
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The following are excerpts of a sermon given recently at Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church by youth pastor Josue Sanchez:
With your words, you can affect so much... You can make a person happy. You can make a person sad. If that person has been having problems for a long time and he or she is so depressed, you just go around saying, "Hey, you look sharp in that suit today" ding get a smile. He feels better. ..
The same way, you can feel very bad if someone says that was a fair judgment when Jesus was judged and someone asked Peter [whether he knew] Jesus [and Peter denied knowing him]. ..
But Peter looked at Jesus, and Jesus was looking at him. Can you imagine those eyes of Jesus? Can you imagine? Do you think that Jesus would look at him with some scrutinizing eyes, like, "Look, I just told you you were going to do that"?
No, something special was in Jesus' eyes that made Peter leave, cry, repent and move on with Jesus afterward. Something in the attitude of Jesus helped Peter go on, and Peter doesn't talk about this specifically in 1 Peter, but I believe that if you look at .. 1 Peter 3:15 you will find there's something that I believe [that shows] that attitude of Jesus toward Peter. .. "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." ..
I discovered this verse probably about two years ago. I may have read it before, but it did something special in my mind when I was in Vancouver. It changed my life as a Christian, it changed my life as a pastor, it changed me because suddenly I felt free. ..
When I was a student back in Spain and France, something that I hated with all my soul was someone coming and saying, "Hey, you're a philosophy student; you must know this, right?" ..
What do you think? Just by the fact of having something asked to me like this, I'll go blank. .. I get very nervous. That's why I never .. do anything like Bible questions and answers because I really get nervous. ..
Once, before I met [my wife, I met an Italian woman] and I wanted to meet her family, so I went to Italy... I spent a couple of weeks [there]. .. I was trying to impress. …