Peter's life story is told in the four canonical gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, New Testament letters, the non-canonical Gospel of the Hebrews and other Early Church accounts of his life and death.In the New Testament, he is among the first of the disciples called during Jesus' ministry.Three of the four gospels – Matthew, Mark and John – recount the story of Jesus walking on water.Matthew additionally describes Peter walking on water for a moment but beginning to sink when his faith wavers.This healing of the servant's ear is the last of the 37 miracles attributed to Jesus in the Bible. " Simon Peter answers, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus then declares: Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.In a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples (Matthew –19), Jesus asks, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is? And I tell you that you are Cephas (Peter) (Petros), and on this rock (petra) I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.Jesus then amazes Simon and his companions James and John (Andrew is not mentioned) by telling them to lower their nets, whereupon they catch a huge number of fish. In John, we are told that it was two disciples of John the Baptist (Andrew and an unnamed disciple) who heard John the Baptist announce Jesus as the "Lamb of God" and then followed Jesus.
In Matthew and Mark, Jesus called Simon and his brother Andrew to be "fishers of men".
At the beginning of the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples' feet.
Peter initially refused to let Jesus wash his feet, but when Jesus responded: "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me", Peter replied: "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head".
According to Catholic teaching, Jesus promised Peter in the "Rock of My Church" dialogue in Matthew a special position in the Church.
He is traditionally counted as the first Bishop of Rome—or pope—and also by Eastern Christian tradition as the first Patriarch of Antioch.