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Houlton United Methodist Church

Peter: Are You His Disciple?

In today’s passage we meet Simon Peter. We see so much of ourselves in Peter. Peter was a common man. He is full of inconsistencies. He struggles between faith and doubt, between the carnal man and the spiritual man. At one time Peter was the first to boldly get out of the boat and walk on water, but in a few seconds, he was terrified by the strong wind and sank. Peter was the first to confess the divine nature of Jesus. He boldly said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” But, in a few minutes, he rebuked Jesus when Jesus began to explain that he must suffer and die. Later in the letters Peter is solid and steady like a rock. He is no longer easily moved. He does not fluctuate. Even in the midst of severe persecution he stands firm and takes up his positions and writes the messages of encouragement to his fellow believers. Simon Peter has matured. He is no longer a man of many moods. Peter is the conqueror of inconsistency.

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