• Joel L. Adkins

Sunday, April 19, 2020 worship guide

Jesus the Very Thought of Thee

Verse 1

Jesus the very thought of Thee

With sweetness fills my breast

But sweeter far Thy face to see

And in Thy presence rest

Verse 2

Nor voice can sing nor heart can frame

Nor can the memory find

A sweeter sound than Thy blest name

O Saviour of mankind

Verse 3

O Hope of every contrite heart

O Joy of all the meek

To those who fall how kind Thou art

How good to those who seek

Verse 4

But what to those who find

Ah this nor tongue nor pen can show

The love of Jesus what it is

None but His loved ones know

Verse 5

Jesus our only joy be Thou

As Thou our prize wilt be

Jesus be Thou our Glory now

And thru eternity


10,000 Reasons Bless the Lord oh my soul Oh my soul Worship His Holy name Sing like never before Oh my soul I'll worship Your Holy name The sun comes up It's a new day dawning It's time to sing Your song again Whatever may pass And whatever lies before me Let me be singing When the evening comes You're rich in love And You're slow to anger Your name is great And Your heart is kind For all Your goodness I will keep on singing Ten thousand reasons For my heart to find And on that day When my strength is failing The end draws near And my time has come Still my soul will Sing Your praise unending Ten thousand years And then forevermore Forevermore


Death Was Arrested

Alone in my sorrow And dead in my sin Lost without hope And no place to begin Your love made a way To let mercy come in When death was arrested And my life began Ash was redeemed Only beauty remains My orphan heart Was given a name My mourning are quiet My feet rose to dance When death was arrested And my life began Oh Your grace so free Washes over me You have made me new Now life begins with you Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore He cancelled my debt And He called me His friend When death was arrested` And my life began It’s Your endless love Pouring down on us You have made us new Now life begins with You Our Savior displayed On a criminal’s cross Darkness rejoiced As though Heaven had lost But then Jesus arose With our freedom in hand That’s when death was arrested And my life began Yes we’re free free Forever amen When death was arrested And my life began Oh we’re free free Forever we’re free Come join the song Of all the redeemed


You Never Let Go

Even though I walk through the valley Of the shadow of death Your perfect love is casting out fear And I will fear no evil For my God is with me And if my God is with me Whom then shall I fear Whom then shall I fear Oh no You never let go Through the calm and through the storm Oh no you never let go Every high and every low Oh no You never let go Oh You never let go of me All I can see a light That is coming for the heart that holds on A glorious light beyond all compare And there will be an end to these troubles But until that day comes we’ll live to know You here on the earth Yes I can see a light that is coming For the heart that holds on And there will be an end to these doubles But until that day comes Still I will praise You still I will praise You

He Lives

Verse 1

I serve a risen Savior

He's in the world today

I know that He is living

Whatever men may say

I see His hand of mercy

I hear His voice of cheer

And just the time I need Him

He's always near

Chorus 1

He lives He lives

Christ Jesus lives today

He walks with me and talks with me

Along life's narrow way

He lives He lives

Salvation to impart

You ask me how I know He lives

He lives within my heart

Verse 2

In all the world around me

I see His loving care

And though my heart grows weary

I never will despair

I know that He is leading

Through all the stormy blast

The day of His appearing

Will come at last

Verse 3

Rejoice rejoice O Christian

Lift up your voice and sing

Eternal hallelujahs

To Jesus Christ the King

The Hope of all who seek Him

The Help of all who find

None other is so loving

So good and kind


What's The Point??

What's The Point??

Joel Adkins / General

Luke 22:31–34 ESV

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

Get on the bus

Jesus couldn’t wait to have this Passover meal with his disciples. He couldn’t wait. He had looked forward to it, in fact. He had told them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.” He couldn’t wait. Even knowing that they were going to wind up arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom. Imagine, if you would, Here is the Son of God knowing that He is about to be betrayed by one of his own, go through a mock trial, be beaten, scourged, then crucified.

And they are worried about who will be in first place in the kingdom of God.

And so he talks with that for a while with them, but then he begins a very poignant, painful conversation with Peter in particular and the disciples in general.

If there is anything that I hope you can see in this passage, it is how lonely Jesus really is.

When he really could use a friend, he finds that his closest friends are really existing on another plane, at another level, their minds and hearts are in another place. And Jesus has fixed his mind on the most painful of places- his death. And as he eats this meaningful Passover meal with his disciples, he has to have a sense of loneliness that we probably can’t understand.

He told them as they ate… this is my body, broken for you.

This is my blood, shed for you.

All the time knowing the real meaning of those words.

He was literally eating his death meal. And the disciples were arguing about first place in the kingdom.

It’s often the case when others are focused on everything else that someone has to hold the mantle, take the lead, push the cause. Because no one else can focus for a variety of reasons. And here we find the greatest leader of all time, Jesus, and He is in the loneliest position of all time, and he has to pull it all together.

Part of Jesus’ job description, as Messiah, was actually that he would hold this loneliness… he would bear the sin, the shame, the sorrows of the world. And he would do it singlehandedly- alone. When you truly consider that, it should bring new depths to your understanding of it.

Look at these verses one at a time:

Luke 22:31 ESV

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,

Simon… SAtan has demanded to have you. Demanded. As if he had a right to Simon. Demanded. But, the nature of the word in this context is that he got what he asked for. In fact, what Jesus said would happen happened… Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed..

But, look at the language. Why did Satan desire Simon? To sift him… to sift means to separate out the good from the bad. If you bought some fresh fruit, like strawberries, or a bag of potatoes… and you opened them to find one among many was bad you would separate them out. You’d take out the bad one.

Luke 22:31 NIV

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.

It’s interesting that Satan demanded to have Simon. When you read this verse, the word “you” is used twice.

Satan has demanded to have YOU that he might sift YOU as wheat. But there’s a key part of this we need to pay attention to.

The first usage of the word “you” is plural. Satan demanded to have all of the disciples… so he could sift. so he could sort out the good from the bad. And that second usage of the word “you”, it is singular. You see, it’s being used to pin down Simon himself. Simon, I have prayed for you . And we’re going to prove that you’re different from the rest… you’re going to be sorted out like the bad potato that you are…but I’ve prayed for that bad potato.

Satan’s best methodology is often divide and conquer. Simon, you are not up to the standard… you are less than… you aren’t good enough .... and you aren’t going to be good enough.

I want you to know, church, that if you look in Revelation 12:10 says that Satan is “the accuser of the brethren… accusing them day and night before God.” You see, SAtan does not ever have your best interests at heart. He always is the accuser, he is always the one that wants to cast doubt and destroy. He is the accuser.

This demanding before God, it should remind us somewhat like the story of Job. You see, Satan says to God, this servant Job- let something go wrong in his life and he will accuse you to your face. He will no longer worship. He will no longer serve. Just let his life take a sharp turn downward, and then we will see what happens.

Couched in that whole dialogue is Satan accusing Job. Here, in this passage, Satan has come before God again, but it’s Peter this time. Satan is demanding to have you all.

And Jesus reveals that to the disciples- Job had no clue. They learned, from the mouth of Jesus, that they were being discussed in the presence of God.

Satan demanded to have Simon because he thought Simon was his. And church, he was! And worse than that, all of us are. We’ve fallen short of the glory of God, we are not righteous, no not one of us. Aside from the work of Jesus on the cross, we belong to Satan..

And now, I wonder, has your name- has my name- ever been the subject of discussion in the presence of Jesus? Has Satan ever gone to Jesus and said, hey- you know that Joel Adkins- I want to mess with him. I want to prove to you that he will deny you at any and every opportunity.

And I imagine that Satan does that at just about anytime. In the case of Job, go read the story. He was hitting on all 8 cylinders. His life was great, the stock market was going full bore, his family was healthy, he had a great relationship with God worshipping frequently- a man of prayer. It was all good.

And wham! The real estate is gone and his family is all but wiped out save his wife. And I want you to remember what happens to Job’s spiritual life when this all goes down. The accuser said, take his stuff- kill his retirement plans, rob his bank account, and destroy all that he holds dear- and he will curse you to your face. And that all happened. And you know what Job did? He said, “The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Satan didn’t stop there. He came back for more. He again accused Job. He told God that if He would let down the protection on Job’s very life then Job would curse him to his face.. and so God lowered the fence. Job developed boils so bad he is sitting out on the town garbage dump scraping them with shards of pottery. And his wife tells him, man, you are so pathetic. You should just curse God and die. And do you know what Job does? He praises God. He worships God. He remembers that God was good in the good times and God will be good in the bad times. The accuser is proven wrong.

But Job never had a clue this was coming.

The disciples, and Peter in particular- Jesus tells them. Satan has desired to sift all of you as wheat.

But the Bible, as much as it says that Satan is an accuser, it also says that Jesus loves us. He loves us with an everlasting love, and eternal love. And so he tells Simon, Satan wants you.... but look at what is next. I’ve prayed for you.

Luke 22:32 ESV

32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

But, I’ve prayed for you. Jesus prays for Peter. And his prayer is specific.

“That you may not fail.”

Fail. The word is the word that is used for a total eclipse… meaning, completely to disappear. When the sun is eclipsed in the sky, it disappears totally. And that is what Jesus is saying of Peter’s faith here. I’ve prayed, Peter, that you not completely be lost, completely give out.

I think it’s important to see that here this morning. You see, as bad as Peter’s denial appears to be, it was not a total failure. It was bad, but not complete. He came back, he recovered.

But notice the second half of Jesus’ prayer for Peter. You see, Jesus is going to pray that Peter doesn’t fail totally, but when he recovers/returns/revives/repents… that he use his experience to strengthen others. That He be able to do well with what he recovers from.

In fact, I’d say that Jesus is issuing Peter a responsibility in this passage. Jesus doesn’t say that when he recovers he should consider using his own experience to help others who may be in need. No, Jesus says it in the imperative tense… this means, it is a determination with a resolution. IN other words, Peter, what you are about to go through, when you recover you will use your experience to grow the faith of those around you. It’s borderline commandment from Jesus.

And the reason, Peter, that you will recover and be able to help others- is because I’ve prayed for you to that very end. You see Peter, I’m not going to stop the freight train that sin is about to hit you with. But I can ride the impact out with you and keep you on solid ground as you recover from it. Peter, I can be with you when the train wreck comes.

And typical of Peter, he goes into denial.

Luke 22:33 ESV

33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”

Peter had a lot of confidence in his faithfulness to Christ…but it was all wrong .

He wouldn’t go to prison if Jesus went. He wouldn’t be able to die with Jesus. In fact, Jesus is about to tell Peter how ready he really is. spoiler alert: Jesus is about to tell Peter that he will deny Jesus in the next 12 hours or so. But I digress.

Peter was not in any way ready to go to prison or die with Jesus. He was barely in a position to share in this Passover meal with him, were it not for the grace of Jesus to have him at the table. And none of us are.

You see, we know, because we have hindsight… we know that Peter in fact denies Jesus. We know that when the going got real tough, Peter got going. But we also know that on the day of Pentecost, Peter stands up and does far more on that day than he will on this one. Remember, on the day of Pentecost Peter is a changed person who preaches a sermon about the risen Christ and 3000 people come to know Jesus. And it begs the question, “why?”

There’s one answer. It’s the one thing that matters in between this day and that day- the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Peter experienced not only the death of Jesus Christ, but more importantly the resurrection of Jesus Christ- his life changed forever. He could stand up and declare Jesus asa the risen Lord… and he would have gone to prison for Jesus… and tradition tells us that he actually did go to the death for Jesus.

And the thing that changed Peter from an unfaithful disciple of Jesus to an unwavering proclaimer of the gospel was his experience of the resurrected Jesus, the Living Lord. Who prayed that he would move from a denier to a believer- a real deep seated deep rooted commiteed believer who would do what he aspired to -go to prison for jesus and eventually die for and with Jesus.

But to get there, he’d have to go through the train wreck.

And so, Jesus gives Peter his boarding pass to trial. He doesn’t buy the boarding pass or design the journey- Satan demanded to have Jesus, remember that. But Jesus knows the destinations on that trip- and he chooses to pray for Peter and see him through them so Peter comes out ready to help others at the end of the journey.

Luke 22:34 ESV

34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

How’s Peter going to fare in this test? Jesus tells him before hand… He’s going to fail. Peter will fail. He will deny the Lord… Peter’s journey is really going to be a train wreck.

All of us go through those tough times. a very tough situation or two or three. WE go through a time of testing or of disillusion or whatever. And no one wants to fail, ever. Right? And we don’t always. In fact, what’s happening here with Peter is not the rule, maybe. Maybe it’s the exception. But for whatever reason, Jesus tells him upfront, you’re going to fail this time, Peter.

So church, what about when we fail? What about when we don’t have the stick toitiveness it takes to stay at it, but we drop the ball or fail the test? What about that?

remember, the Lord has prayed for Peter.... and part of that prayer is that Peter will help others from his experience, so that he can strengthen others.

2 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”+++

Peter, yes, you are going to go through a very difficult, traumatizing time. You are going to have the trial of your life. And Peter, I’m sad to say, you are going to deny me when I need you the most. Church, don’t forget how I started this message: Jesus is at the Passover table which represented his own death as the sacrificial lamb- and he’s there with the people he is closest to- his disciples: This includes Peter James and John who joined him at the Mount of transfiguration. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. James his blood brother. And Peter- who walked on water with Jesus; Peter, who was so loveably impulsiveness in so many ways. His closest friends.

And Jesus couldn’t have been lonelier! They had no clue what He was about to experience!

And here they are, at his last meal, and he’s praying for them. That they will make it through- after they all disappear. He’s praying that through their various circumstances of trial- they will make it.

And church, understand this point. Jesus is praying that the disciple’s trial would find meaning, design,… he is praying for Peter that his pain would have purpose.

Peter had gone through many awkward, painful situations with Jesus.

Jesus says He’s going to the cross- Peter says, Far be it from you, Lord. Jesus’ classic statement, Get thee behind me Satan.

Matthew 26 Jesus goes to the garden to pray and takes Peter… Peter falls asleep…Jesus asks, couldn’t you stay awake for just one hour?

In short order, Jesus will be arrested, and Peter will be the guy to pull his sword. Jesus has to tell him to put it away.

And now, Peter, when I am in the most lonely position of life- you are going to deny me.

But I’ve prayed for you Peter, that when you’ve come through this- you use it for purpose.

Bottom Line: There is Design in Your Difficulties.

We can endure a lot of pain if there’s a purpose at the end of them, right? Look at the star athlete- workout to get the medal. Look at any musician and the hours they put in. The pain in the process has purpose in the end. Ever get a high school diploma or a college degree? What were all those late nights and studying about, anyway? Ever endure a difficulty in your marriage that runs deeper than the choice of restaurants you will eat at? Ever have radiation or chemotherapy when you lost your hair, your patience, your appetite, and your mind? Why’d you do it?

Because there was a design in the difficulty, there was a purpose at the end of the tunnel.

Peter was headed into his Alamo. He’s setting sail on his own personal Titanic. And Jesus wants him to know that not only is he prayed for but there is a purpose for what’s going to happen.

Just as Jesus prayed for Peter, He’s prayed for us.

Jesus prayed for us:

John 17:6–21 ESV

6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. 20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

The Bottom Line: There is design in your difficulties.

Romans 8:28 ESV

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

so, we’ve lost our jobs; our retirements are in the tank. We’ve been quarantined… with our families!!! We’ve social distanced, we’ve done it all. But why?

James 1:2–4 ESV

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Luke 22:31–32 ESV

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Use the situation for his glory and his honor. Find the purpose in the pain, the design in the difficulty- and know that God has been preparing you and praying for you in this situation all along.

Bottom Line: There is Design in Your Difficulties.


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