"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
(Matthew 16:18 KJV)
Peter was born about 1 AD in Bethsaida in Galilee, Israel. His family was all fishermen, including himself, his father and his brother, the apostle, Andrew. Peter and Andrew as well as their partners, the apostles James and John, were fishermen on the Sea of Galilee with Zebedee, the father of James and John. Peter and Andrew had been disciples of John, the Baptist. But that changed when they met and listened to Jesus Christ and He invited them to become "fishers of men".
After Peter recognized Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus included Him in His inner circle with James and John. He took them with Him at the time when Jairus' daughter was brought back from the dead (Mark 5:35-43), on the mountain top during the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9), and through the agony of Jesus at Gethsemane (Mark 14:33-42).
As predicted, Peter did deny Jesus three times before the cock crowed but after seeing Jesus again and talking to Him at the Sea of Galilee, he became a "sold out" fisherman for spreading the gospel to all men. Peter stood up at the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem and preached to them all and a great many were saved (Acts 2). It was under Peter's leadership that they chose a replacement for Judas and organized the church in Jerusalem.
During his early ministry, Peter preached only to the Jews but Our Awesome God gave Peter a vision and told him not to call anything cleansed by God unclean. Not long after, Peter preached to the Roman centurion and baptized his household. Soon the gentiles were being told of Jesus by Paul and others.
It was said that, when persecution of Christians started in Jerusalem, Peter went to Rome where he preached the gospel fearlessly to the church there. When they arrested him and were going to crucify him, he asked to be crucified upside down, not as his Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. Are we such "sold out" Christians?
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 10:30 AM for worship and caring from our church of Christians. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all visitors and love them!
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
(John 11:25-26 KJV)
The Apostle John wrote the above Holy Scripture with the help of Our Awesome God. In all five of the Books of the Bible that he wrote, and were later included in the King James Holy Bible, his words emphasized that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, sent by the Father to take away the sins of the world. John often referred to himself as "the disciple Jesus loved".
Before becoming disciples, he and his brother, James were fishermen and were among the first called by Jesus. John, James, and Peter were the inner circle around Jesus during His ministry on earth. John, though the youngest, was honored to be with Jesus along with James and Peter at the time when Jairus' daughter was brought back from the dead, during the transfiguration on the mountain top and as witnesses to the agony of Jesus at Gethsemane.
John knew Joseph Caiaphas which made him able to attend Jesus' trial at the high priest's house. He was the only one of the twelve apostles who was present at the cross. John knew Jesus and his love for Jesus helped make him fearless as he later proclaimed the gospel after Jesus' death. He became an elder in the early church and assisted in spreading the gospel message. After Pentecost, John joined Peter to fearlessly preach the gospel in Jerusalem where he suffered beatings and imprisonment for it.
John worked in the church in Jerusalem for years, then he went to work in the church at Ephesus. A legend says that John, during a persecution, was taken to Rome in chains and thrown into a pot of boiling oil but emerged unhurt. That was before he was exiled to the island of Patmos where he wrote the Book of Revelation. John easily outlived all of the apostles and is reported to have died of old age at Ephesus about A.D. 98.
The love John had for Jesus Christ is an inspiration for all Christians. Are we as loving and faithful to Him as John was? Will we continue to serve Jesus Christ and spread His gospel to our world? Learn more about our Christian beliefs and Our Awesome God through the Holy Bible and preaching of that Bible.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill