Weekend Message Takeaway: “Falling Forward”

This past weekend, our study through the life of Jesus brought us to John 18:1–26 and Luke 22:29–34. Pastor Doug explored the lead-up to the crucifixion as we studied Jesus’ arrest and trial before the high priest and the Sanhedrin and examined the significance of Peter’s denials and what it means for us today. 

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.


Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:

We Will Fail (John 18:1; Luke 22:29–32): Jesus warned us that we’re a target of the enemy! He told Peter that Satan will sift him like wheat—that same warning is for us today. And as hard as we may try to prevent it, we will fail often. And God will use our failures to reveal something to us—a weakness that needs to be developed or a change that needs to occur. In God’s economy, our failure leads to growth when we allow the Spirit to do His work.

Failure Is Not the End of the Story: What has been the biggest failure in your life? Don't let it define you; let it refine you! Jesus doesn't want us to live in our failure. He wants us to embrace, accept, and own our forgiveness. Stop self-condemning, don't quit, and live and walk in forgiveness. 

In Your Failure, Don’t Hide from Jesus (John 21:3–7): This is often easier said than done because our sins and failures bring about shame. In our shame, we try to hide from God so He won’t see us this way (Genesis 3:8). But we should never hide from the Lord because He has seen our worst and the very worst humanity has to offer and He still bore all that sin and shame for us on the cross. Don’t avoid Jesus, run to Him! He wants to bring about restoration; He will not bring condemnation.

Jesus Loves to Redeem Our Worst Failures: After Pentecost, Peter stood up in front of 3,000 and then 5,000 as a bold, outspoken apologist and evangelist. He never denied Jesus again! Peter traded his tremendously misplaced self-confidence for a truly surrendered confidence in Christ. The Holy Spirit took this brash, unsubmissive, impulsive, undependable man and used his failure to shape him into an extraordinary apostle.

Quote to Remember: Failure and quitting are not the same thing.Pastor Doug Sauder


Prayer isn’t always easy, and as we progress in our faith, we sometimes default to rote and boring prayers, reciting what “sounds good.” But that’s not the kind of prayers God wants to hear from us! This week’s featured article looks at David’s prayer life as an example to the kind of raw, honest, and “colorful” prayers that God seeks from us. How sweet it is that God truly wants to know our hearts! Click here to read the article.

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This October, we’ll begin a new teaching series titled, “Contagious: The Spread of the Generous Gospel.” Through this series, we’ll explore why the generous life Jesus modeled is the most fulfilling and impactful life we can live. Discover what it means to practically live out God’s generosity by hosting a four-week group study in your neighborhood! Visit the Connection Point at your campus or click here to sign up! 

This Wednesday, we’ll continue our study through David’s life by examining 2 Samuel 18–19. In these chapters, we’ll see David’s army’s fight, the eventual triumph over Absalom’s forces, and the king’s reaction to his son’s death.

This weekend, our series through the Gospel of John will bring us to John 18:28–19:16. In this study, we’ll experience Jesus being brought before Pontius Pilate, tortured by the Roman soldiers, and sentenced to death. 

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.