Beyond the Weekend

April 24 | Our Failures

April 24, 2019


But go, tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark 16:7

Read: Mark 16:1-8

Listen: Mark 16


“And he broke down and wept” (Mark 14:72b). Peter is crushed. The same guy who pulled a weapon to protect Jesus is now experiencing an emotional breakdown. He has just betrayed one of his best friends. He turned against The One he thought was going to make a difference.

As he weeps, perhaps Peter is labeling himself a failure. Maybe he is beginning to believe that he isn’t just someone who failed but is himself a failure. But Jesus doesn’t see Peter as a failure and isn’t done with him. After his death, Jesus meets, loves and gives Peter a place to serve (John 21:1-19). Failure isn’t final for Peter, but an opportunity to truly understand Jesus and his message.

We’ve all failed. Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion reminds us that like Peter, our failure doesn’t have to be final. It doesn’t have to define us. Instead, failure should give us a greater understanding of God’s grace. What happened on Easter covered Peter’s failure, and it covers our failure as well. Jesus doesn’t shame us for failing. Instead, he hung on a cross for us.


Open your journal and write at the top, “Jesus wants me on the team.” Today, we still need to hear that we are on the team. When Jesus calls Peter, he goes. Write about what you think it looks like for you to be on Jesus’ team. Where do you think he wants to use you? Take a step to making that happen. Visit us at for some serving opportunities here at Ada Bible and around West Michigan.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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