On March 10, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 16:13-23.

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

This Sunday we are starting a series of sermons titled “The People of Lent.” The schedule is as follows:

This Sunday: “Peter”
March 17: “Mary and Martha”
March 24: “Woman with the Jar and Judas”
March 31: “Malchus, servant of the High Priest”
April 7: “Procla and Pontius” (husband and wife)
April 14: (Palm Sunday): “Jesus”

Simon Peter was a complicated person, an enigma. He was strong, yet weak; insightful, yet foolish. He could be a strutting blowhard, yet he was chosen by Jesus, who literally “petrified” him. Jesus changed Simon’s name to “Cephus,” which in Aramaic means “rock.” The New Testament, written in Greek, calls him “Petros.”

As we begin our journey through Lent, we will think together about Peter and what his life has to teach us.