Simon Peter is mentioned in the gospels about two hundred times. In those passages, he sometimes gets it wrong. Other times he shows tremendous courage. And then, in a different moment, Saul argues with Jesus. He is a flawed but faithful disciple of Jesus. Through his story, we can learn how to be better followers of Jesus.
Sometimes people beat themselves up about their friendships. Why is that? Some medical studies report that fewer friends lead to higher stress and shorter life. There is value to having friends over the long term. That’s no surprise to most of us. You might wonder if you have enough friends. In this message, we will look at the importance of stretcher-bearer friends.
When Jesus calls some fisherman to follow him they leave their business and father immediately. There is no hesitation. In some ways this seems irresponsible. We may read this story and worry that Jesus might ask us to do the same but the writer has left out some important details. So what is the rest of the story?
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on June 11, 2017 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on August 30, 2015 by Rev. Fred Steinberg Gold Canyon United Methodist Church 6640 S Kings Ranch Rd. Gold Canyon, Arizona 85118 480-982-3776 www.GoldCanyonUMC.org