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Peter - A Faith Refined (2 of 13)
Series: 12 Men Who Changed the World
INTRO: I want you to take God's precious, inspired and holy Word now this morning and be finding your place at Luke chapter 22 if you would. We are in a series of studies on 12 ordinary men who were called by Jesus to do some very extraordinary things, and of course, we're talking and learning about the 12 disciples (or the 12 apostles). And as I shared with you last week, one of the things that makes these men so wonderful and applicable for us to study is the fact that they were so very human. They had their faults and their failures, their strengths and their weaknesses, their victories and their defeats just like we do. Sometimes they would knock the ball out of the park and at other times they would totally strike out, but the one thing that we must never forget, even though great cathedrals have been named after them and beautiful stained-glass widows have portrayed their likenesses throughout history and even scripture has given us the details of their lives, they were at the very best, just plain, ordinary, average, and everyday men - but then again, I believe that's what makes them so incredibly encouraging for us to study.
ILLUS: As J.S. Greenhough put it, ''There is now a charm about their honesty, simplicity, and emotional fervour; they are men in whom the child is not dead, and in whom the Divine was awakened. They have a great faculty or capacity for wonder, love, reverence and awe. They are sweetly, pitiably, beautifully and thoroughly human, appealing to us through every human chord in our selves. Their plain, unexpressive faces begin to light up as we follow them into intelligence and eloquent meaning, and we learn that in calling them, as in everything else, Jesus had done all things well.''
So, these men were human just like we are, and perhaps none of them was more human than the disciple we're going to study this morning -a fisherman by t ...
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