Peter the Impetuous (1 of 12) by Dennis Marquardt

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The 12 Disciples Series (1 of 12)
Peter the Impetuous
Dennis Marquardt
Matthew 14:26-31; 17:1-4,6 John 6:66-69; 21:7;15-17; Luke 5:1 11; 22:31-32,49-62; 24:12

INTRO: When you stop and think about the Apostles you probably have in your mind a picture of great men of God who healed the sick, raised the dead, did great miracles everywhere they went, and exercised faith that was unshakable and perfect – and if you do, you are not thinking about the 12 apostles that followed Jesus!

The kind of men that became Jesus' right hand men were very much like you me, Jesus hand picked them and they were quite a motley crew! Studying them will help us appreciate the love God has in picking us to be His followers ... we have many of the same weaknesses that these so called "giants" of the faith did, and some of their strengths also!

ILLUS:
THE GREAT PREACHER SPURGEON ONCED SAID, "IT IS A GOOD THING THAT GOD CHOSE ME BEFORE I WAS BORN, BECAUSE HE SURELY WOULD NOT HAVE AFTERWARDS!" -- SOURCE UNKNOWN

If you think that you have problems with doubts, or struggle with being obedient, you are in good company ... not only with Christians sitting around you right now but also those who walked with Jesus in His own day!

PROP. SENT: While Peter was quite impetuous, God saw the potential of the man who would one day be capable of leading His Church and be steady; weaknesses on our part do not disqualify us for being loved by God and used by Him ... we have hope!

I. JUMP FIRST! Matt. 14:28-31; Lk. 24:12; Jn. 21:7; 6:66-69

A. Clumsy! Matt. 14:28-31; Lk. 24:12; Jn. 21:7
1. Peter had this thing for "jumping into things!" -- or "jumping" before looking!
a. His nature was to immediately respond to emotional stirrings!
b. This was a double edged sword quality; if the right thing came along he was quick to commit to it, however, around the wrong crowd or the wrong event he could just as easily commit to it or them!
c. This made Peter's life quite in ...


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