Peter's New Season - Tell Peter Too!

When we look back over our lives, many of us will see a life peppered with both success and failure! Perhaps even now you find yourself facing some failure in your life. Many great men and women of God, whom we greatly respect today, also experience both failure and success in their life and ministry. The apostle Peter is one such individual. Peter and his brother Andrew were two of Jesus first disciples (Matthew 4:18-20)
 
It is very interesting to note that after Jesus death and burial, three of the disciples went to Jesus grave to anoint his body. However, when they got there, Jesus had risen from the dead! Praise God! Then an angel appeared and told them to go tell the other disciples that Jesus is risen from the dead, and He will see them in Galilee. (Mark 16:1-7). The angel said something else to those three disciples that I think is often overlooked, but extremely important. He said, "But go your way and tell his disciples and Peter... "
 
In other words, the angel said TELL PETER TOO! Why did God single-out Peter in this instance? Was it because Peter was such a great leader? I think not! Listen, Peter was dealing with a personal failure in his life at the time! Peter had denied Jesus three times just as Jesus had predicted (Mark 14:27-31). As a result, I believe Peter had disqualified himself as a disciple of Jesus and especially as a leader! I believe God purposely singled-out Peter, and included him specifically, because Peter had excluded himself as a leader because of his personal failure. By having the three disciples tell Peter specifically, God was simply saying, Peter is still on my team! I still consider Peter to be a leader! You see, God does not throw us away because we have faith failures! Like Peter, God has a great destiny for you! It's not too late to get back on track with God. Just repent and get back to your faith companyJust as God had the angel tell the disciples to tell Peter too, I believe God wants me to tell you too... God is not through with you!
 
Peter's New Season
Peter was impetuous! That is, characterized by sudden energy or emotion; acting without thinking; impulsive. He was quick to believe, but at times, "quick to stick his foot in his mouth!" Peter was the only one to step out of the boat and walk on the water (Matthew 14:22-32). Impulsively, he also cut off the ear of one of the soldiers when they came to arrest Jesus (John 18:10-11)! When Jesus asked Peter to watch and pray with him in the garden of Gethsemane, Peter slept (Mark 14:32-42). Peter told Jesus he would die for Him, but when the pressure showed up, Peter denied Jesus three times! The message given Peter by the disciples from God set him up for a new season in life and ministry!
 
Jesus appeared to Peter and six other disciples while they were fishing (John 21:1-14). Jesus gave Peter three opportunities to confirm his love for Jesus (John 21:15-17). I believe God always gives us the opportunity to make things right!  After speaking with Peter of his future ministry, and the death Peter would suffer, Jesus said to Peter, "follow me (John 21:19)!"  In light of the fact that Jesus already told Peter to follow Himself, and Peter had already responded to Jesus' call to follow Him, this was a new invitation from Jesus to Peter. This new invitation represented a new beginning for Peter. This new invitation to follow Jesus represented a new opportunity(s) for Peter. This new invitation represented A NEW SEASON for Peter!
Peter experienced godly sorrow and repented (Matthew 26:75, 2 Corinthians 7:10). He received Jesus peace (forgiveness), and the Holy Spirit, and confessed his love for Jesus three times (John 20:19-23, John 21:15-17). It was necessary for Peter to confess his love and faith in Jesus (Matthew 10:32-33)! Peter's New Season Included:
 
·       A new empowerment (anointing) of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4)
·       A fresh anointing to "gather in" the harvest! His preaching/sharing his faith led to 3,000 souls being saved (Acts 2:14-41)
·       The healing of a crippled man in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 3:1-10)
·       A new boldness: declaring before authorities that he would obey God before man (Acts 4:8-20)
·       Raising Dorcas from the dead in Joppa (Acts 9:36-43)
·       Experienced God's miraculous deliverance from prison as the church prayed for him (Acts 12:6-19)
·       Wrote two epistles: 1 & 2 Peter
 
Like Peter, God is not through with you. God has a new season for you! God has a fresh start for you. If, and when you face a personal failure in life and ministry, remember, God will not throw you away. Like Peter, we must repent, and move past our failures. Get back to your faith company, and on track to your destiny. As God told his disciples through the angel to tell Peter too, perhaps He is using me now, to tell you too!

This article is written by Bishop Ronald E. Chipp

Bishop Ronald E. Chipp is founder and Senior Pastor of Faith Harvest Church in Saginaw, Michigan.  His heartfelt vision for souls has led him to begin additional ministries in the United States and abroad.  He is founder of Faith Harvest Christian Centre-Uganda on the continent of Africa, which has grown to include 13 additional churches. Also to this number of churches has been added a Faith Harvest Church in Cayenne, French Guyana and two Faith Harvest Churches in Mbeya, Tanzania and two in Dar Es Salaam, the capitol city of Tanzania. He established the Faith Harvest Medical clinic in the Kawempe District of Uganda, Africa. He is also the founder of Believer’s Bible Institute, a two-year Bible School in Saginaw, Michigan, which gives laymen and lay-ministers an opportunity to strengthen and increase their knowledge of God’s Word.
Ronald is a charter member of the Word of Faith School of Ministry, Detroit, Michigan, under the auspices of Bishop Keith A. Butler. He graduated with honors, and was Salutatorian of that class. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked in the Defense and Electronics Industries for many years where he received a patent in Electrical Engineering Design.  He is a former Marine and Vietnam-era Veteran who draws upon his military training in service to God.
Bishop Chipp has a deep love for God and His people and ministers the Word with an anointed down-to-earth, practical teaching style that makes the Word of God come alive for everyday living.  His passion is to see that all hear the gospel and be saved.
His desire to expose more people to God’s word inspired him to begin a new television ministry; Stand & Win, which aired on the CW WBSF-TV46. This encouraging broadcast reached viewers in Saginaw, Bay City, Flint and Lansing, Michigan. He has also been a frequent guest of ‘TCT Alive’ a program showcasing the Christian community and also periodically serves as Host of this same broadcast.
Bishop Ronald Chipp has emerged as a leader and strong voice for righteousness and integrity in the Saginaw Valley area.  He and his wife and co-laborer in ministry, Pastor Phyllis, have been married for over 36 years.  They have two children, Pastor Aaron Chipp, the Faith Harvest Church Music Ministry Director, his wife Tamar Chipp serves alongside him in the ministry; and Autumn Parham, now residing in New York with her husband Darrell Parham.