Answer the Call: Welcome to the Ministry

Luke 3:23,
“Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry…”
Mark 10:45,
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his
life as a ransom for many.
1. Peter DENIED Him
Matthew 26:69-75,
69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You
also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.
70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he
71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the
people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you
are one of them, for your accent gives you away.”
74 Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, “I don’t
know the man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had
spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went
outside and wept bitterly.
2. Thomas DOUBTED Him
John 20:24-29,
24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples
when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger
where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them.
Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace
be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands.
Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are
those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
3. Judas BETRAYED Him
Matthew 26:47-50,
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a
large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the
elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The
one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said,
“Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
James 1:2-4,
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not
lacking anything.”
Perry Noble Quote
“The amount of ministry God is able to do through you is directly connected to
how much pain you are able to endure.”