19 Jun Simon Peter
DATE: 06/16/2013 (week 7 of 7)
TITLE: Simon Peter
TEXT: [bible passage=”Matthew 26:31-35″], [bible passage=”Matthew 26:69-75″ display=”69-75″]; [bible passage=”John 21:1-5″], [bible passage=”Matthew 26:8-15″ display=”8-15″]
What should I know and do?
KNOW: Even after blowing it, Peter made a comeback and so can we.
DO: Repent of sin, receive God’s forgiveness and begin serving God again.
- Discuss why we like stories of comebacks and use them as examples for others.
- Why do we all have comeback stories?
- Read and discuss [bible passage=”Matthew 26:31-35″].
- What was Peter’s attitude?
- Read, compare and discuss [bible passage=”Matthew 26:69-75″]. (Notice how each denial intensifies.)
- Now compare Peter’s attitude in verse [bible passage=”Matthew 26:75″, display=”26:75″].
- Read [bible passage=”Luke 22:61″], which adds the point that Jesus was looking at Peter at this moment. How does this further intensify the impact on Peter?
- Think about the sermons over the last few weeks, and reflect on pride, arrogance, self-righteousness and self-reliance.
- How must these be overcome to stage a comeback?
- Read [bible passage=”John 21:7″] and discuss Peter’s reaction to recognizing Jesus.
- When we have sinned and are embarrassed, our natural reaction is to withdraw and hide. Why do you think Peter had an opposite reaction when he recognized Jesus?
- In our personal comeback situations, discuss what we can learn from Peter.
- Read [bible passage=”John 21:18-19″].
- What did Jesus mean when he said “when you are old you will stretch out your hands”?
- What are the last two words of verse 19?
- What is the last thing we need to know?
- The sermon stated some things about understanding God’s Spirit. Discuss the statement “God’s Spirit will convict in specifics, Satan condemns in generalities”.
- Closing Challenge: To make a personal comeback.