How will we glorify God?

December 18, 2016


Sermon: How will we glorify God?

OT Reading by Joshua Clifton

Text:  John 21:15-25 ESV 


  • On April 19th 2015, 1 Year and 7 months ago

                   THIS SERMON MAY LAST 1 Year and 7 months


Do you love me more than these?  More than what? 3 Possible


  1. More than – Fishing Gear and the fish
    • Is his occupation more important than Christ?
    • Probable meaning
      • If he shouldn’t have been fishing
      • John McArthur’s position


  1. More than you love your friends
    • Does he put Christ first or his companions
    • Not likely – the meaning
    • Christ tells him to feed his sheep
    • Love for the brethren is Love for Christ


1 John 4:20 ESV 

  1. *** More than your friends love me
    • Most likely because of the overall lesson
    • Remember the BOLD assertions Peter made?


Matthew 26:35 ESV 


John 13:37-38 ESV 


  • Sense of boasting
  • I will follow you
  • All the others may scatter but not me


Joh 21:15  …


  • He does not say that he loves him MORE than these
    • A more humble response
  • Jesus doesn’t call him “Simon Peter” but “Simon Son of John”
    • Peter – means stone or rock


Joh_1:42  He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).


  • Changed his name but is calling him by his original formal name
    • Parents – Bryan Eric Walker
    • Watched the crucifixion (battle)
    • Did nothing, scattered and hid (didn’t fight)
    • Deigned Him 3 times (active denial)
    • Very hard for a POW who actively betrays his country




  • Day break in April [High of 68 – Low of 49]
  • Peter just went swimming “WITH HIS CLOTHES ON”


John 21:9 ESV 




John 18:18 ESV 


  • By one fire he denies Christ 3 times
  • By the other fire he affirms his love for Christ 3 times
  • Without this event, Peter’s role is uncertain
    • Can he continue with the 11?
    • If so, what authority would he have?
    • Christ publicly restores him


4 different words for love

  1. Storge [Sto –rr –gay] – Natural unforced type of love. Example between siblings Mary, Martha and Lzarus.
  2. Eros [Eros]– Passionate or sexual love. English word erotic.
  3. Phileo [fil-eh-o] – Brotherly love, very close friendship (Philadelphia)
    1. Love based on friendship
  4. Agape – Most powerful and sacrificial love – Expressed in action
    1. Love your enemy


Do you Agape (love expressed in action) me?

Yes I [fil-eh-o] (based in friendship) you.  …“Feed my lambs”

Do you Agape (love expressed in action) me?

Yes I [fil-eh-o] (based in friendship) you.  …“Tend my sheep.”


Joh 21:17  He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you [fil-eh-o] me?” (Jesus changes the word) Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you [fil-eh-o] me?” (Interchangeable) and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I [fil-eh-o] you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.


  • Recognize the Special types and degrees of love




  • Pastor, Elders, Deacons, teachers, leaders, people who influence others
    • – Do you love him?
  • Pasture, feed, tend, His sheep and lambs
  • Notice these are His sheep, not our sheep
  • We are held accountable to the master
  • You will have to give an account for all you teach or don’t teach
  • Doesn’t say feed the goats but sheep
  • Will you starve the sheep to keep the goats happy?
    • The pressure to feed the goats
  • How important is teaching the Word?



John 21:18-19 ESV 

  • John wrote many years after Peter died
    • Peter crucified upside down?
  • “by what kind of death he was to glorify God”
    • Glorifying God in death??? NOT common today
      • Sadly – Israel in the wilderness
      • The slightest bit of trouble, why Lord why!
    • Follow me – Means – Follow me
      • You cannot do it on your own – Holy Spirit
    • David and Jacque – Glorified God in death.


  • David Jude Goodale died on December 12, 2016.


  • David couldn’t speak so Jacque spoke



(John 21:19)  (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.”


  • Jacque has been feeding His sheep
    • Of all the available ministries, I KNOW This one has truth
  • What about you?
    • Jacque’s ministry is powerful but it’s not your ministry
    • We cannot sit back and let one woman carry the gospel alone




John 21:20-22 ESV  Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them… 


(21)  When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”  (22)  Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”




  • John died at an old age by natural causes
  • Both Peter and John, glorified Christ
    • You follow me!
  • You have a responsibility to follow Him
  • We are all different
    • We have different skills
    • We have different trials
    • We all belong to one body
    • Don’t look at someone else and want their ministry
      • Focus on your ministry
      • Together we Glorify God.
    • Leaders, do you love Him, feed His sheep
      • We are in a wicked world
        • Trials and tribulations
        • False teachers and lying doctrines
        • Ministries where prosperity and money gods
        • Famine for the truth


  • You should be able to say I am being fed!
    • You should look back and see growth
    • You need to financially support this ministry.



  • Jacque Goodale
    • The God who gives can also take away (Job 1:21)

Job 1:21 ESV 

  • He is good ALL the time (Ps 100:5)

Psalms 100:1-5 ESV 


  • How will you glorify God?
  • Go and feed His sheep
    • To do so you must love Him
  • What is your ministry, “You follow me”

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