In the life of Peter, we watch the power of a submitted, struggling-toward-the-Lord, kind of life. And through Peter’s journey, we hear whispers of what Jesus desires to accomplish in each of us.
(John 21:2-19, Lk 5:1-10, Mk 5:41, Matt 14:22-33, Matt 26:31-35, Mk 14:66-72, Rom 12:1, Prov 24:16, I Cor 12:4-6, 2 Cor 12:8-10, Rom 8:28, Acts 3:12-13, I Peter 5:1-4)
In one of their first interactions, Jesus decides to give Simon an entirely new name. Jesus doesn’t just see the man in front of him; he sees what that man has yet to become. What future version of us might Jesus see when he looks at us?
(Jn 1:35-42, Matt 17:1-6, Matt 16:13-18, Rev 2:17b, Matt 16:18, Matt 16:24-25, Jn 3:30)
Jesus’ Temptation – In Luke 4, we see Jesus “led” into the wilderness where he’ll be tempted. What do we learn about the nature of temptation in this passage, and how do we overcome temptation in our own lives?
A bizarre moment with Jesus at a dinner party with Simon the Pharisee rewrites our understanding of love and grace. Knowing we are loved and forgiven allows us to respond in real worship.
(Luke 7:35-50, Lk 5:12, Lk 7:6, Matt 22:35-40, Deut 6:4-9, I Jn 4:19, Luke 15:1-30, Jer 31:3)
What do the prophet Isaiah and Mary, mother of Jesus, have in common? They both respond to a huge interruption with a resounding yes. How do we respond when God invites us into a life of purpose and partnership but comes with a cost?
(Isaiah 6:1-8, Luke 1:26-38)