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Peter, the Disciple

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Peter, the Disciple

Throughout this last series of blogs over the past few weeks, I’ve shared the process of discipleship. No doubt you’ve found that very often it can be seen as a step by step process. Over the next few blog posts, we’re going to look at the Apostle Peter’s writings concerning discipleship, and what he lays out is not a step by step approach, but more of a list of seven essential ingredients—ingredients that we must carefully add to our life.

If you know anything about Peter’s life you know he had many highs and many lows. Peter was quick to jump on board, but he was also quick to jump off board. Peter was impetuous and outgoing. He spoke too much and bragged too often. Peter was full of himself.

But Jesus loved Peter and saw great potential in him, which should give each of us hope!


Peter begins his letter in 2 Peter, “From Simon Peter.” It’s highly significant that Peter used his full name, “Simon Peter,” here because it was not often used in the rest of scripture. The gospel of Mark tells us where that name came from. Mark 3:16 says Jesus renamed Simon—“Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter.”[1]

Simon was a very common Hebrew/Greek name, but the name Peter was not. Peter meant a rock! I think Peter used his full name Simon Peter for a reason. Simon reminds us of his own fragility, his humanity, but Peter reminds us the power of God to change lives forever!

Look at 2 Peter 1:1, “From Simon Peter, a Servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ.” The word servant reminds us of the calling we all have to lay down our lives for others. The word apostle reminds us of our unique calling.

Peter was an Apostle, but first he was a disciple. Romans 12 gives a glimpse of what it means to live the life of a disciple. It begins with the words from verses 1 and 2:

So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.[2]

Do you consider yourself a disciple of Christ?


[1] GW

[2] 2 Peter 1:1-2 GWT


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

One response »

  1. Do I consider myself a disciple? Yes but always learning just like Peter I have been at times impetuous for the right reasons but my timing was always off. Thank you for your blog, you make it so easy to read. I struggle with dyslexia and where it comes to studying the bible all the words gets mixed up and I have to go very slow. God Bless jacky



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