Summary: From Simon to Peter: Jesus can take a loud, rough, ordinary man and turn him a sensitive, compassionate, powerful and truly extraordinary servant - He did it with a man named Simon. It begins here.

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From an Ordinary Man to an Extraordinary Servant

Jesus Changes People

That¡¦s just what he does. In the next seven weeks we¡¦ll journey through the gospels in a search to see how Jesus changed an ordinary fisherman named Simon. Simon began as a loud, rough, ordinary man. Jesus transformed him into a sensitive, compassionate, powerful and truly extraordinary servant named Peter.

This evolution wasn¡¦t smooth, easy, or predictable. It was alternated between frenetic growth spurts and the new understanding that came at the speed of an artic glacier.

Mostly this change from ordinary to extraordinary wasn¡¦t noticeable from day to day ¡V but over the three years of Jesus¡¦ friendship, mentoring, and instruction the change was dramatic. An ordinary man ¡V a successful fisherman ¡V became a servant leader of great significance.

The change Jesus brought to this man he would like to bring to your life. It won¡¦t be the same ¡V because you aren¡¦t the same. But the process of your transformation from the ordinary to the extraordinary will be identical to Simon Peter¡¦s. Jesus wants you to become that extraordinary man or woman. The more you understand Jesus teaching about life the more you will change into that very special person.

From an Ordinary Man to an Extraordinary Servant

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

- Henry David Thoreau

Desperate men must become wise men and not do desperate things. But here¡¦s my question: How do you become wise and not do desperate things when inside us is a frantic desire for power and control in our lives, we are ravenous for amusement and hungering for some sort of lasting significance?

Where do you turn? ¡V What can you do? ¡V to change your world from that of quiet desperation to a place where there is inner peace and the tranquil life of satisfied purpose?

We begin with one of the first times Jesus taught in the city of Capernaum ¡V Simon¡¦s home town ¡V in what was likely Simon¡¦s house.

Lets¡¦ read Mark 2:1-12 in the New Century Version of the New Testament.

1 A few days later, when Jesus came back to Capernaum, the news spread that he was at home. 2 Many people gathered together so that there was no room in the house, not even outside the door. And Jesus was teaching them God¡¦s message.

3 Four people came, carrying a paralyzed man. 4 Since they could not get to Jesus because of the crowd, they dug a hole in the roof right above where he was speaking. When they got through, they lowered the mat with the paralyzed man on it. 5 When Jesus saw the faith of these people, he said to the paralyzed man, ¡§Young man, your sins are forgiven.¡¨

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