Summary: This is part three of a seven-part series on Jesus’ disciples and the principles of discipleship. This message focuses on Andrew and Peter.
It is amazing isn’t it? Just to be able to see these common men with an uncommon calling. That is what we have been looking at in this series, "The Twelve". We have been looking at twelve men that Jesus selected to be a part of his team, to be a part of his staff, to be a part of those that were going to take the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit and continue to bring this gospel up the field. What is it about the twelve men Jesus selected to be a part of His team that we need to take time to look at in this series? How can it benefit our life and how does it shape our life? Is there anything that we can learn from their life? A lot of times we hear these names like James, John, Andrew or Peter and we think they are worlds apart from who I am and there is no way that could resemble anything in my life and there is nothing that applies to them that could apply to the things I am dealing with, but, it is exactly that when we begin to look at their life. You begin to see these twelve men that Jesus chose to be a part of His team that we would know as His disciples. These were men that had jobs, that had families and they had fears and they had flaws and things that were going on in their life and in spite of all the different things that we saw in their life last week and we will see this week; in spite of all those different things -- Jesus still chose them. I don’t believe Jesus made a mistake in who He chose. A lot of times you will pick somebody to be a part of your team and as they go forward on the team, about midway through, you are thinking "I picked the wrong person, maybe this is not good". "Can I choose again"? Jesus did not need to choose again even though there were things in their life that were not perfect and just right. Jesus still chose these twelve men that were common and had an uncommon calling.
Last week we looked at the "Sons of Thunder", James and John Zebedee. This week we will look at another set of brothers. Peter and Andrew were brothers just like James and John and they were also in the fishing business. They were from the same region that James and John Zebedee came from and they knew each other growing up and there were common things about their life. There were different things that intertwined with one another and as you study the scripture you can see more about them in Matthew, chapter four. We are going to look at John, chapter 1, where we find Andrew and Peter where they first show up in scripture. I think as a little side note -- that it is amazing to me that as Jesus selected twelve, that four out of the twelve were brothers. There were two different sets of brothers. As I studied their life it has shown me more and more that God has such a sense of humor. He has a sense of humor because these are kids that come from an identical mom and dad and yet they are totally different. When you study Peter and Andrew you find that these are men that are opposites. Even though they were brought up in the same home and ate the same pancakes and were raised in the same house, they were opposites when it compares to the different things about them.