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Andrew - The Master's Man (3 of 13)
Series: Twelve Men Who Changed the Word
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at John chapter 1 if you would. We are in a series of studies on 12 very ordinary men who Christ called to accomplish some very extraordinary things, and of course we're still studying about the 12 disciples, or the 12 apostles.
ILLUS: ''The Lord must love ordinary people, because he's sure made a bunch of them.''
Now, we began this series by talking about the general calling and the personal characteristics of these men who were later accused of turning the world upside down. Then last week we took a personal look at one of the greatest Christians who's ever lived, a fisherman turned preacher by the name of Simon Peter. And if you'll remember I shared with you that ''Peter'' was the nickname that Jesus gave him and really it was Jesus' way of reminding Simon that he wasn't where he was supposed to be yet, but that Jesus was confident that as his faith was refined and his character was reformed he would possess the kind of faith that Jesus could build His church upon.
That's what Jesus told him right after he knocked the ball out of the park with that powerful statement concerning the Savior's person - ''You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'' To which Jesus said in Matthew 16:17, ''Jesus answered and said to him, ''Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 ''And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.'' Now, our Catholic friends say that what Jesus was saying was that He was going to build his church upon the person of Peter. They believe that Peter was the first pope. They believe that he's the vicar ( or the substitute if you will ) of Christ. They say that he was the first earthly leader of ...
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