The Apostle Peter - A Story of Faith, Fear, and Failure

An _________of Peter’s journey – Jesus walks on water

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone… During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Peter’s _________________ – What we know:

He  was from Galilee – and he was a fisherman by trade with his family business.
He was married but there is no mention of any children in Scripture.  (Mark 1:30).
He was likely a leader/spokesman of the group.
No other disciple so boldly professed Christ as Lord, and yet no other disciple denied Christ so convincingly or as publicly. 
Peter’s name is mentioned more times in the Gospels than any other person besides Jesus Himself.
Peter was curious – he asked more questions in the Gospels than all the other disciples combined.
He was impulsive and often outspoken.
He was bold.
Even though he was considered uneducated and ordinary by the religious officials, his boldness and empowerment of the Holy Spirit dumfounded the Sanhedrin in Acts 4:13. 

Peter’s spiritual journey begins with an ________________ (Matthew 4:18)

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
Matthew 4:18

Peter ___________ as he experiences faith, fear and forgiveness

A Confession (Matthew 16:16)
A Rebuke (Matthew 16:23)
A Denial (Luke 22:61)

Peter’s story _________________ God’s story when:

He sees the resurrected Christ (Luke 24:34, 1 Cor. 15:5)
He is restored by Christ (John 21:15-19)

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
John 21:15-19

Peter - A _______________ Life