Simon Peter was not rich or educated, but he was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear, just like we all do at one time or another. Simon Peter was a walking conundrum — and an ordinary man following an extraordinary call.
While most of the twelve disciples are hardly mentioned by name in the Gospels, Simon Peter is mentioned by name more than 120 times. Why is this? Why would the disciple who denied even knowing Jesus be cited so often? It is important to us, as followers of Christ, to remember that even the most faithful disciples are still… human. And humans make mistakes. And that is OK. Peter’s shortcomings also serve to illuminate the mercy of Jesus Christ and the grace of God.
Think of a time you felt closest to or related most to someone when they shared their story? Usually, it is when we see our own shortcomings reflected in those we respect or admire. In short, we see our shared humanity. And when we can see ourselves reflected in Simon Peter’s shortcomings, so to do we see ourselves in his faithfulness and in his courage. Rev. Phyllis Barren shares that she chose this particular study because “he is so human…Peter makes mistakes but is still loved by God. He is not perfect, but he is faithful, and I try to reflect that in my own walk.” What a perfect example of God’s never-ending love and grace.
Adam Hamilton’s “Simon Peter,” is a six-week Wednesday Bible Study led by Rev. Phyllis Barren starting January 15 at 9:30 am in Room 334. Throughout this journey, discover how you, too, even in your own humanity, possess unique talents and gifts that God uses to make a difference. This study will be an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of the Gospels’ most mentioned disciple, Simon Peter. Registration is required; the book is available for $10 in the Main Church Office.