Peter: Character Study

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Liberty University

Peter
Are You A Peter?

submitted to Dr. Wayne Stacy
In Partial Fulfillment of the requirements for the course
NBST 521 D02 Spring 2011

Liberty Baptist Theological seminary

By
Jeremiah Hagler (ID #74544)

Lynchburg, Virginia. May 4, 2011

OUTLINE
Thesis: It is the intent of this paper to dig into the life of Peter and see just who this man that passionately followed Christ was. As we dig into the life of Peter we will examine his character strengths, his weaknesses, and overall how Peter was transformed by Christ. We will see how God took a man who more often than not acted without thinking and transformed him into a passionate follower who’s words we read today in God’s very words to us. I. Introduction
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Many times we see those that are called to follow after Christ yet don’t answer that very call. In Matthew 4:21-22 we see that Peter answered this call, “And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” It is here in Matthew that we see one of the most important strenghts that Peter had, courage. Peter had the courage it took to get out of the boat and follow after Christ! There are many things we can say about Peter but one of the most important things is that he was courages and willing to take that first step. This courage of Peter highlights the first character strength that we will look at and that is that Peter was man of loyality. Peter’s life as a disciple of Jesus could be characterized best by his own personal story of coming to Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. At times he would say and do things that had him “walking on water” or “sinking in the waves”. By this I mean that Peter would one minute be doing something that required profound faith and the next minute forget everything and sink in the waves of everyday life. We can look no further than the very instance of when Peter walked on water in Matthew 16:30 to see this contrast of the summation that is Peter’s life. In Matthew 16:30 we see