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Summary: Peter, In all His faults was still worthy to serve Christ

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1. WHO WAS THIS MAN SIMON?

• He was the third disciple called by Jesus (VS 42)

• Andrew 1st and John 2nd

• Peter was Andrews brother (VS 40)

• Jesus recognized Simon before he was officially introduced

• He immediately recognized Simon’s leadership qualities and changed his name

• This was probably guidance from above considering Jesus knew who his disciples would be long before he met them

• Jesus said Simon would be called “Cephas” Vs 42 which is an Aramic word and when translated it means “A Stone”

• The name “Simon” (Listener) was pronounced “Simeon” in the Old Testament

• He was a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee

2. WHAT CHARACTERISTICS DID HE POSSESS?

• Doubting Personality

a. Luke 5:4-5 “When He had stopped speaking He said to Simon, Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” “But Simon answered and said to Him, ‘Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

b. Jesus had commanded Simon to let down all the nets

c. The nets; since it were morning; were probably already folded and put away

d. Peter did not want to mess up the nets and do double the work

e. He argued that they had toiled all night

f. Peter doubted that they would catch anything and therefore let down only one net

g. The group caught so many fish that the net began to break and the boat began to sink

• Devoted To Christ

a. John 6:66-68 “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.” “Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’ But Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” “Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

b. Peter believed in the purpose of Jesus Christ

c. Matthew 26:33 “Peter answered and said to Him, Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to Stumble.” VS 35 “Peter said to Him, ‘Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!’ And so said all the disciples.”

• HE WAS A MAN OF A WEAK SPIRIT

a. Just as Jesus predicted he would, Peter denied him three times

b. Matthew 26:69-75

c. Matthew 14:22-33 ‘Jesus calls Peter out of the boat’

• HE WAS QUICK TEMPERED AND MADE RASH DECISIONS

a. Matthew 26:51 “And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.”

• HE WAS IN JESUS’ INNER CIRCLE

a. Matthew 17:1-2 “NOW after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves;” “and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light.”

b. Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane, asks the disciples to pray and when He catches them sleeping He confronts Peter

c. Matthew 26:40-41 “Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?’ “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”


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