John, part of the Inner Circle

Jesus has called his twelve disciples, however of these men he has a closer, more intimate inner circle.  He has three with whom he is very close. These men often go with him when the other men do not.  Why these men? Scripture doesn’t tell us. Maybe they hit it off better than the others.  We have some friends we […]

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James and John, the Sons of Thunder

Last week, we met James and John with their father, Zebedee.  Jesus has called James, John and Simon {Peter} who was with them as fishers of men.  However, he has a special command for these men also. “James and John were brothers. They were the sons of Zebedee. He named them Boanerges, which means, The Sons of Thunder.”  {Mark 3:17} […]

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John, the Fisherman

We are continuing our Eyewitness to Easter series with the apostle John.  Like Peter, John was a fisherman. When we meet John, he is going about his trade. “Jesus went on a little farther. He saw James and his brother John who were sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat mending their nets.”   {Mark 1:19} John is with his […]

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Peter, His Legacy

This is our final session with Peter and an eyewitness to the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. Last week, we took a look at the transfiguration and Pentecost.  Today, let’s take a few more looks at Peter’s ministry. Acts 12 tells us, “Peter, therefore, was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God […]

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Peter, After the Transfiguration

As we saw last week, Peter and the other disciples saw Jesus at least three times after the resurrection.  Jesus reaffirmed Peter’s denial of him, by asking “lovest thou me” and commanding Peter to “command his sheep”. So, what happened to Peter next? Acts 1 tells of the Transfiguration where Jesus was raised into heaven.  Those that were present are […]

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Peter, Lovest Thou Me

Two weeks ago, we studied when Peter denied Jesus.   This was an account listed in all of the gospel accounts, except for John. However, John provides us with another moment between Peter and Jesus that occurred after the resurrection. John 21:14-22 provides the following account. “14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that […]

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Peter, At the Empty Tomb

Jesus has been crucified and buried in the tomb.  Peter was close enough by that he locked eyes with Jesus when he denied him. We are not told where Peter was when Jesus was actually crucified.   Was he watching the crucifixion from a nearby hill or had he returned home in sorrow at the way he’d denied his Lord?  Scripture […]

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Peter, Denied Jesus

We’ve discussed how Peter could be impetuous and vowed to stay beside Jesus side, but Jesus told him at the Last Supper that he would deny him before the night was over. Peter’s denial of Jesus is mentioned in all four of the gospels. Matthew 26 begins with discussing the last supper.  In Matthew 26:33-35, Peter vows while on the […]

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Peter, Cuts of the Guards Ear

We know that Peter can be impetuous and outspoken.  We’ve seen it several times in this study. Today, we are going to cover a very impetuous act. So, let’s set the scene.  The Last Supper has ended and Jesus has gone to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.  He’s taken Peter, John and James with him into his inner sanctum, […]

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Peter, the Rock

Have you ever heard of Peter referred to as a rock and wondered why? When you look up the meaning of the name Peter it says stone or rock.  Remember when Jesus gave him the name and we discussed the name Cephas {which is what Jesus named Peter} means stone or rock. Jesus is just re-iterating Peter’s name in Matthew […]

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Peter, Had His Feet Washed

We are studying the life of Peter.  We met Peter as a fisherman, saw his mother-in-law healed and watched him walk on water. Today, we are taking a look at when Jesus washed Peter’s feet following the Last Supper, in John 13:3-11. Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from […]

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Peter, Walks on Water

We’ve been taking a look at Peter and what lessons his life can teach us. Today, we are going to take a look at when Peter walked on water.  This passage can be found in Matthew 14:24-31. “But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.  And in the fourth […]

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Peter, Fishers of Men

Last time, we took a look at Peter’s call to follow Jesus and how his name was changed from Simon. Today, let’s take a look at Peter being called to be a fisher of men. Luke 5:4-11 tells the story where Peter is fishing and Jesus tells him he will become fishers of men. So, let’s take a look at […]

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Peter, the Disciple

We discovered that Peter and his brother, Andrew, were called by Jesus to be his disciple.  The brothers were fishermen in Galilee .The Gospel of John provides additional information on the calling of Andrew and Peter.  {John 1:35-42} “Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples” {v.35} This is referring to John the Baptist, who was […]

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Peter, His Mother-in-Law was Healed

  Last time, we discovered that Peter was from Galilee, had a brother named Andrew, was originally named Simon and was a fisherman.  Jesus came and called them to follow him, which they did. Three of the four gospels share that Peter had a mother-in-law, whom Jesus healed.  So, we know from this that Simon Peter was married. “And he […]

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Peter, A Fisherman Named Simon

Last year for Easter, we took a look at Mary Magdalene and the role she played in the resurrection. This year as we head into the Easter season, we are going to explore the role Peter played in Jesus ministry, crucifixion, resurrection and the early church. But, before we start, who was Peter? “And Jesus, walking by the sea of […]

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