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Simon The Stone

Text: John 1: 41-42

Intro: Simon Peter is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. He fills its pages with life and energy. Though he was often reckless and impetuous, he was always sincere. Simon was a man who was passionate about everything he did. Later in his life, his passion for serving Christ would become especially obvious.
In his earlier life, he was simply a rough and tumble fisherman, hardened by the elements and his daily toil. And he probably exhibited a ďdevil-may-careĒ attitude about life. But one day Simon met Jesus, and his life was changed forever.
Fortunately, Jesus was able to look beyond the flaws of Simonís personality and see his potential. Jesus would take this unstable, wishy-washy and volatile man, and make him a man of spiritual stability, firmly grounded in Christ and His teachings.
What Christ did for Peter, He can do for you and I. Whether we like to admit it or not, thereís probably a little bit of Peter in all of us. We all have our flaws and weaknesses. We all have a tendency to follow our impulses rather than the leading of the Holy Spirit. If anything, Peter is representative of the common man. But like Peter, Jesus can take a common, ordinary man or woman, and make a very uncommon servant of God. That is always His purpose for His children.
After Simon met Jesus, his name was changed. That name change was indicative of the work Christ would perform in this manís life. Letís examine the transformation that took place in Simonís life.

Theme: What process led to Simonís transformation?


A. Christís Promise Captured His Imagination.

John 1: 42 ďÖAnd when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

NOTE: [1] Jesus made this promise based on what He saw in Simon. The word ďbeheldĒ carries the idea of ďa close, penetrating lookĒ (W.E. Vine, M.A., An Expository Dictionary Of New Testament Words, Vol. III, published by Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey; pg.13). Jesus looked inside Simon and saw not merely what he was, but what he would be.
[2] This is one of the few times Peter was speechless. Peter was weak and impetuous, yet Jesus said, ďYou will become a rock.Ē The prospects of Christís promise to him captured Peterís imagination.
[3] Itís truly wonderful what God can do with a life that is given to Him.

3a. Give God a scheming and conniving Jacob, and Heíll make a prince with God out of him.

3b. Give God a legalistic, cruel and persecuting Saul of Tarsus, and Heíll make a loving and dedicated Paul the apostle out of him.

3c. Give God a weak, impetuous and cocky Simon, and Heíll make a rock-solid and stable man out of him.

B. Christís Power Captured Peterís Imagination.

Luke 5: 4 ďNow when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets