On Sunday, Aug. 17, Rev. Lois Blakey-Paige, pastor of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached from Luke 22:31-32 using the title, "Your Faith Will Not Fail You." The preacher focused her sermon on the words Jesus spoke to Peter.
Pastor Paige began her sermon by talking about failure. She was transparent by saying she has failed many times in her life. She has let people down, and people have let her down. She has betrayed people, and people have betrayed her. For that she apologized to the congregation. She emphasized that "failure is only an event. It is not our destiny. You may have failed, but you are not a failure."
According to the pastor, sooner or later we all will fail, but it's not the initial failure that will ruin us. It is about what happens next. It means God has a better plan for us if we don't let our faith fail us. Then she made a transition to Peter saying that only those who have failed will appreciate Peter's story.
Peter let Jesus down on many occasions; yet Jesus spoke these words to Peter: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
Pastor Paige indicated that when Jesus called a name twice like He said, "Simon, Simon," it was because what He had to say was quite important. Jesus said Satan had asked to sift all the disciples like wheat and not just Peter. Jesus said He had pleaded in prayer for Simon, that his faith should not fail. Then He said when Peter have repented and turned to Him again, he was to strengthens his brothers. Even though all the disciples were present, Jesus singled Peter out perhaps because Peter was the oldest and because He knew would deny Him, and eventually turned back to Him.
Pastor Paige assured the congregation that failure shouldn't define us. Our faith doesn't have to fail us because Jesus died on the cross and got up on the third day so we can get up when we fall. There is always hope for us if we don't let our faith fail us.