On July 17, 2016 The Elim Arrival was given the awesome opportunity to lead worship at the Iowa City Church of Christ. We are beyond grateful for this church and how they have served us. Often when we have upcoming events, they have opened their doors to us so that we can have a facility to practice.
The pastor of ICCC, Tom Steele, delivered a message full of power and truth. He has been talking to his congregation about defining moments, and this Sunday, he focused on the defining moments in the life of Saint Peter.
He also spoke into us the reminder that all of us have had defining moments in our lives which have engraved beautiful memories. Peter for example, did something that no other human being has ever done. His faith in Christ enabled him to walk on water when Jesus called him out to the water. Although he quickly became afraid with doubt and began to sink, Peter still walked on water. What a defining moment that must have been in his life.
However, as most of us know, Peter also had a defining moment that isn’t as pleasant to remember. Peter told Jesus he would follow Him even to death, but Jesus let Peter know before the rooster crowed that he would deny Jesus three times. Just as Jesus said, it came to past. Peter then remembered the words of Jesus right after denying Him, and he went away and wept bitterly.
Many of us, if not all of us, have a bitter defining moment that lingers to this day. Let us persevere and press on as Peter did, leaving the past behind and looking ahead. Let us remember with all our hearts, the very words Saint Peter himself wrote down after his denial, “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:24-25).
Soak yourself in this truth that we are healed by the wounds of Christ, and although we went astray and have been scattered, we can return to our Shepard. Be blessed.
-On Behalf of the Well of Iowa and The Elim Arrival