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Peter:

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Peter matured in his faith over his lifetime to become a bold witness for Jesus. People should seek to mature in their faith to become bold witnesses for Jesus.

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Introduction
Jack’s eating habits are all over the place. One day he will like something, the next day he won’t. The next day he will like part of it.
Have you ever had mixed feelings or indecisiveness about something?
Could your relationship with God be described in that way?
Transition
Peter is a disciple that is well known, but we see variation in his feelings toward Jesus throughout his life.
But Peter is known as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest disciple.
What did Peter do that made the difference in his life?
Today we are looking at 4 these feelings that Peter had toward Jesus, and the interesting thing is that all 4 of these feelings happened in one situation.
Many of you may find yourselves identifying with one or more of these feelings right now.
Set up context of passage.
Peter’s fear. (vv. 22-26)
Jesus had been praying for a long time.
Was now between the hours of 3 and 6 AM. Things seem to get a little scarier during the night.
Storms were normal. Many of the disciples were former professional fisherman.
They thought they saw a ghost.
ILL: Halloween scaring kids.
APP: We all are afraid of things, but in this situation Jesus was going to use Peter’s fear to teach him and the disciples a valuable lesson about himself.
Peter’s courage. (vv. 27-29)
Jesus responded to their fear with 3 statements- Have courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid.
Have courage-
When you are in the midst of trials and fears, which statement from Jesus do you listen to most often? Which 1 do you need to listen to more?
Peter definitely understood “have courage.” He had trouble reconciling who Jesus was (“it is I”).
Peter showed his courage by walking on the water.
ILL: I’m not much of a risk taker. One of the “bravest” things I feel like I ever did was repelling.
APP: Your faith requires action. Sometimes that action requires courage.
Decisions you must make.
Conversations you must have.
Actions you must take.
Peter’s doubt. (vv. 30-31)
What he saw were huge waves that seemed like he couldn’t handle.
He doubted.
Even though he had seen Jesus multiply loaves and fish just hours before.
Even though Jesus was walking on water and Peter himself was currently walking on water.
ILL: Going to Disney as a kid vs. adult. Seemed so much bigger.
Peter was growing in his faith here. Jesus was using this test to mature him.
APP: As we grow in our faith, our issues and problems will seem smaller.
ILL: Going to Disney as a kid vs. adult. Seemed so much bigger. In the same way, as we grow in our faith, we learn that when God is in control our problems and issues aren’t reason to worry, but that we should turn it all over to him.
Peter’s faith. (vv. 32-33)
Seems the storm came just for this test. (v. 32)
The Lord will sometimes bring storms in our life to test us.
How we respond in those storms will often determine the outcome of them.
The disciples, including Peter, responded in faith and worship.
Seems the storm came just for this test. (v. 32)
The Lord will sometimes bring storms in our life to test us.
How we respond in those storms will often determine how much we grow spiritually.
The headings of this sermon could describe Peter’s relationship with and feelings toward Jesus and his faith, you could say that he definitely had ups and downs.
Many of you may find yourselves identifying with one or more of these feelings right now.
Many of you may find yourselves identifying with one or more of these feelings right now.
Many of you may find yourselves identifying with one or more of these feelings right now.
We see Peter being bold for Jesus. Other times we see him doubting him. He denied knowing Jesus, but later he himself was crucified for his faith.
However, the characteristic that marked the difference in his life was that through these ups and downs he was consistently growing in his faith.
Each one of us should be growing in our faith as well.
ILL: My kids growing up fast. Evidence of their growth- clothes too small, getting taller, more coordinated, etc.
APP: What evidence do you have for your spiritual growth?
When you look at where you are spiritually today compared to a year ago, 5 years ago, etc. are you closer to the Lord?
If you are would you say you are making great strides or taking baby steps?
Baby steps are good at first, but we need to progress to taking bigger strides.
Conclusion
Where do you find yourself in your relationship with Jesus?
Fear? Boldness? Doubt? Worship?
If you have yet to begin a relationship with Jesus, we must respond in faith.
Are you growing spiritually?
Is God pleased with the rate at which you are growing?
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