Summary: This is the 14th message on Bible characters. This message is part 1 of looking at the life of the Apostle Peter. The outline is 1-Peter's Conversion, 2-Peter's Courage, 3-Peter's Confession.

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This morning, we’re continuing with our sermon series entitled CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

And we’ve been talking over the last several weeks and months about the GLORIOUS FACT that no matter…

--who you are

--what you’ve done

--where you’ve been

You can have CLOSE ENCOUNTERS with God

And what we’ve been doing is looking at the lives of the greats in the Word of God

People like…







And many others

And last week, we talked about JOHN, but this morning, and next week, this is one of my favorites, because we’re going to be talking about the one person in all the Bible that I can identify with the most!


And the reason I call him “THE BIG FISHERMAN” is that if you’ve ever seen the 1953 movie entitled, “The Robe”, that’s what the Christians in that movie called Peter, because most likely in those times of persecution, they had to use code names

And when they decided a “code name” for Peter, it was THE BIG FISHERMAN

And so today, we’re going to begin the first of 2 MESSAGES talking about THE BIG FISHERMAN and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

With that in mind, let’s read…

Luke 6:13-14 ( KJV ) 13And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 14Simon, (whom he also named Peter,)…

John 6:67-69 ( KJV ) 67Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.


In The Last Days Newsletter, Leonard Ravenhill, the great revivalist, tells about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village who just happened to walk by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked, "Were any great people born in this village"' The old man replied, "Nope, only babies.'

And how true it is – God takes the raw material of a man or woman, to make them what they can and should be by His Grace and Almighty Power

And of all the disciples, Peter is the most accrate mosaic of each of us here this morning

John MacArthur points this out in his great book, “12 Ordinary Men” when he says…

Peter’s name is mentioned in the Gospels more than any other name except Jesus. No one speaks as often as Peter, and no one is spoken to by the Lord as often as Peter. No disciple is so frequently rebuked by the Lord as Peter; and no disciple ever rebukes the Lord except Peter. No one else confessed Christ more boldly or acknowledged His lordship more explicitly; yet no other disciple ever verbally denied Christ as forcefully or as publicly as Peter did. No one is praised and blessed by Christ the way Peter was; yet Peter was also the only one Christ ever addressed as Satan.

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