A Night of Weak Faith and Great Shame - Mark 14:66-72

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Introduction - Great Confessions of Faith in Christ

  • Martha’s confession – John 11:25-27
  • Thomas’s confession – John 20:28
  • A soldier’s confession – Mark 15:39
  • A father’s confession – Mark 9:24
  • Peter’s confessions – Matthew 16:16; John 6:66-69; Mark 14:29-31

Some of the most beautiful passages in the New Testament are these confessions or declarations of faith. But the Scriptures are also clear that while we may have days or seasons of great faith, we may also have days or seasons of doubt or weakness of faith.

Peter made some of the greatest confessions of faith recorded in Scripture, but he also had one of the greatest failures of faith recorded in Scripture.

As we consider Peter’s night of weak faith and great shame, there are three things we will consider: a warning, a contrast and a source of hope.


Peter’s Denial of Christ is: 


  1. A Warning to Those who Confess Jesus 
  • A call to watchfulness and faithfulness
  • Scripture to Consider: Proverbs 16:18; 1 Corinthians 10:12; Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 2:1-3; Matthew 5:29-30


  1. A Contrast to the Confession of Jesus
  • A reminder of the steadfastness of Christ (in contrast to our weakness)
  • Scripture to Consider: Mark 14:61-62


  1. A Source of Hope for those who Turn back to Jesus
  • A picture of forgiveness and restoration
  • Scripture to Consider: 2 Corinthians 7:10; Acts 4:8-12; 1 Peter 5:6-11