It's with some nerves and a lot of anticipatory excitement that I share more details about my next study, Cultivating Faithfulness, which will be an exploratory look into Simon Peter's life. Overall, my goal and earnest prayer is that, by learning more about Peter's example, we will learn more about Jesus. Peter was one of Jesus' first disciples, and is depicted in the Gospels more than anyone else outside of Jesus. Peter was often the first to say or do something impulsively, to be rebuked by Jesus, and yet was he was also one of the closest friends that Jesus had during his ministry. Jesus invested so much in Peter, and I believe the faithfulness that he slowly, consistently cultivated in Peter is also something he wants to cultivate in us.
This study will be a little different, in that we will try to follow the order of Peter's life, as we can piece it together in the New Testament, so that we can experience with him the transformation that he underwent from his first interaction with Jesus to his dedication to spreading the Gospel after Jesus' death and resurrection.
My plan right now is that the study will take us from Easter (beginning Easter Monday, March 27th) to Pentecost, during the season of Eastertide (50 days). But, like the Lent study, I'm going to journey right alongside you (or hopefully a few days ahead!), so I am very much taking a leap and trusting and praying that God will make himself present the whole way. Lord, have your way.
For tomorrow (March 29th), we will study when Jesus first meets Peter-- John 1:35-42. As you read it today, think about what it must have been like for Simon (Peter) to first make eye contact with Jesus, the Messiah his people had dreamed and hoped and prayed about for generations-- and also a man, much like himself.
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, "What are you seeking?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter). — Jn 1:35-42