OPENING PRAYER: Father, use me mightily for your glory. Let signs and wonders begin to manifest in my ministry. (Peter the Apostle).
MEMORY VERSE: “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.” – Acts 5:15
BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 16:13-19. KJV
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 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.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Apostle Peter played a significant role in the history of the church despite his background (Acts 4:13; 5:15). We want to learn some crucial lessons from his life and ministry.
TEXT REVIEW: Matthew 16:13:19.
Peter rightly defined the person of Christ which indicates that the Holy Spirit had enabled him to discover who Christ Jesus was.
This revelation elicited some pronouncements on Peter and the church. Find out such pronouncements from Matthew 16:17-19
LESSON OUTLINE 1: BRIEF HISTORY AND CHARACTER
The teacher should ask the students questions as presented below and allow them to respond according to the scripture attached to the questions.
Question: Where was Peter born, according to John 1:44?
Question: What was his profession according to Luke 5:1-2?
Question: The Lord Jesus christened Peter as Cephas. What is the translation of Cephas in Aramaic, according to John 1:42?
Question: What was the relationship between Jesus Christ and Peter, according to Matthew 4:18-20?
Answer: Disciple or follower/master relationship.
Question: According to Mark 3:14-16 and Luke 6:13, what was Peter ordained to be called?
Question: What was Peter’s commission, according to Matthew 10:18 and John 21:15-17?
Answer: Leader of other Apostles
Question: Was Peter single or married, according to Matthew 8:14; Luke 3:38?
Question: How did Peter elect to die according to historical record?
Answer: Died as a Martyr (crucified upside down).
Question: Why did he elect to die like that?
Answer: Because he felt not worthy to die the same way Jesus died.
Question: Describe Peter in terms of worldly possession, according to Matthew 4:22; Luke 5:11.
Answer: A person who surrendered everything for Christ.
Question: Describe Peter in terms of response to pressure and correction, according to Mark 8:31-33; John 18:11
Answer: Quick to listen, made mistakes, but ready to humbly take corrections.
Question: Would you qualify Peter as a pretender or a Christian, according to Luke 22:61-62?
Answer: He was a repentant Christian.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: ACHIEVEMENTS AND LESSONS FROM HIS LIFE/MINISTRY
- Students should identify what Peter did which were unique, according to the following Scriptures.
- The teacher should allow the students to read the Scriptures and obtain answers.
i. Matthew 16:15-17————First to catch the revelation that Jesus was the son of God.
ii. Mark 9:2-6———-He was with the Lord Jesus at the mount of transfiguration.
ii. Acts 2:14; 37,41———He first led 3000 souls to Christ. His other sermon led about 5000 souls to Christ.
iv. Matthew 14:25-29———Peter walked upon the sea by faith.
v. Acts 3:1-7———-He healed a lame man at the Beautiful gate.
vi. Acts 5:14-16———–Highly anointed and healed several sick people.
vii. Matthew 19:29————-He left everything and followed Christ.
vii. Hebrews 12:2; Matthew 14:28-31——-Believers should keep their focus on Christ always.
ix. James 1:19; Colossians 4:6———-Believers should be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath.
x. Hebrews 4:16————-Believers who genuinely confess and repent will receive forgiveness.
xi. Philippians 1:20-21, Romans 8:17————Believers can glorify God in life and death.
SUMMARY: Peter lived a good and exemplary life for believers to follow.
CONCLUSION: Christians should allow God to grow them like Peter from a baby Christian to the carrier of anointing.
EVALUATION: What moral lessons can we learn from Peter’s life and death?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, use me like the way you used Peter
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five ways in which this study on Peter has influenced your life.
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