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Simon Peter: Often Wrong, Never in Doubt

Simon Peter: Often Wrong, Never in Doubt

Jun 30, 2019

Passage:Matthew 14:22-33

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: The 12 - Walk a Mile in their Shoes

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June 30, 2019

Pastor John Welborn

The Twelve: Walk A Mile in Their Shoes

Simon Peter: Often Wrong, Never in Doubt

Matthew 14:22-33

Today we will look at the first of 12 disciples, Simon Peter, who could be described as “often wrong, never in doubt”:

  • Various Names: Simon bar Jonah, Simeon, Peter, & Cephas  
  • Leader & Spokesman for the 12: Always listed first in lists of the 12: speaks more and is mentioned more than any of the 12.
  • Fisherman & Businessman: From Capernaum, had a brother named Andrew & a wife who was not named in the Bible.
  • Often Rebuked, Often Praised: Jesus directed his strongest rebukes (get behind me Satan) & his greatest affirmations (blessed are you Simon bar Jonah…) to Peter

“The portrait of Peter that comes through all four accounts pictures him as impulsive, often rash; he is the first to act & speak his mind & was typified by his enthusiasm for everything in which he had a part.”  W.A. Elwell

“Peter was eager, aggressive, bold & outspoken – with a habit of revving his mouth while his brain was in neutral…by nature he was brash, vacillating, & undependable.”  John MacArthur

“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat & go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, & said, ‘It is a ghost!’ and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’ And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat & walked on the water & came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, & beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand & took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’” Matthew 14:22-33

Main Idea: God calls Passionate Believers to Grow through their Failures

Three Components to All Passionate Believers:

I. The Good: Boldness – Matthew 14:22-29

“And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat & walked on the water & came to Jesus.”  Matthew 14:28-29 

Passionate People are usually willing to Go First! 

  • Mount of Transfiguration (Matt 17)
  • Garden of Gethsemane (John 18)
  • Pentecost (Acts 2)

 II. The Bad: Foolishness – Matthew 14:30a

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, & beginning to sink…”  Matt 14:30a

“Peter’s faith was enough to get him out of the boat, but not enough to carry him across the water.”  John MacArthur

Passionate People struggle with Foolish Mistakes

  • Jesus Washes Peter’s Feet (John 13)
  • Peter Rebuked Jesus (Matthew 16)
  • Promising to Die with Jesus, Then Denying Jesus (Matt 26 & Luke 22)

III. The Beautiful: Contagiousness Matthew 14:30b-33

“And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”  Matthew 14:33

The Faith of Others is Strengthened by Passionate Believers!

“People will come to watch you burn…” John Wesley

Passionate Believers are Contagious Believers & It’s Beautiful

  • Peter Outruns John to the Tomb (John 20)
  • Peter Jumps in the Sea to Swim to Jesus (John 21)
  • Church History Tells Us: Peter was made to watch his wife crucified as he shouted encouragement to her to “Remember the Lord!” Peter himself begged to be crucified upside down, counting himself unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus Christ.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Chris’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice & be glad when his glory is revealed.”  1 Peter 4:12-13

Jesus renamed Simon, Peter (rock) because he was giving him a new identity. His passion would create boldness, his foolishness would subside to maturity, & his contagiousness would inspire others to follow Jesus as well. He became exactly what Jesus called him to be!

Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:

  • Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (1996)
  • New Bible Commentary – D.A. Carson (1994)
  • New American Commentary Series: Matthew – Craig Bloomberg (1992)
  • Daily Study Bible Series: Matthew (vol 2) – William Barclay (1976)
  • Word Pictures in the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933)
  • MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Matthew 8-15-John MacArthur (1987)
  • Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009)
  • Matthew Henry’s Commentary – Matthew Henry (1994)
  • Tyndale Bible Dictionary – W.A. Elwell (2001)
  • Twelve Ordinary Men – John MacArthur (2002)