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Peter Denies Jesus

Matthew 26:69-75; John 18:15-18

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      I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:32

Opening Prayer

Peter the Rock (Matthew 16:13-20)
    How does Peter first enter the story of Jesus' ministry?
      John 1:35-37, 40-42
    Why did Jesus give him this name? Because his faith was rock solid?
      Matthew 16:18-19
    What was Jesus responding to when He made this statement to Peter?
      Matthew 16:13-16
    Was this a sign of Peter's rock solid faith?
      Matthew 16:17
    How else do we see that Peter and the others didn't really understand what he had said?
      Matthew 16:20

    How did Peter later show a greater understanding of the meaning of being a rock of Jesus?
      1 Peter 2:4-6
    How does Paul describe this concept?
      Ephesians 2:19-22

Simon the Man (Mark 1:29-31)
    Where was Simon (Peter) from?
      John 1:44
    Where did Peter live when he met Jesus?
      Mark 1:21, 29
    What do we learn about Peter from the following story in Mark?
      Mark 1:30-31
    Was Peter married throughout Jesus' ministry?
      1 Corinthians 9:5

Simon the Fisherman (Luke 5:1-11)
    What story tells us what Peter did in Capernaum?
      Luke 5:1-7
    How did this event change Simon's life?
      Luke 5:8-11

Jesus' Life Group (Luke 6:12-17)
    How many disciples did Jesus have?
      Luke 6:17
    Did Jesus have a need to form a Life Group of a few disciples?
      Luke 6:12-16

    Did Jesus feel especially close to any of His Life Group members?
      Matthew 26:36-38
    Where else do we see this inner circle?
      Luke 8:51
      Luke 9:28-31
      Luke 22:8

    Did Jesus choose His inner circle because they best understood His purpose?
      Mark 10:35-38
    Jesus called Simon Rock. Did He give nicknames to James & John?
      Mark 3:17
    What story helps us understand why Jesus called them Boanerges?
      Luke 9:52-56
    Did Peter understand Jesus' purpose any better than James & John?
      Matthew 16:21-23

Peter's Faith (Matthew 14:22-31)
    Was Peter's faith hesitant or bold?
      Matthew 14:22, 25, 28-29
    How rock solid was Peter after he stepped out in faith?
      Matthew 14:30-31
    Which seed in Jesus' parable of the sower best describes Peter's faith at this time?
      Matthew 13:3-8
    Why would Peter's faith be so bold at first but die so quickly?
      Mark 10:28
    Where should Peter have looked for his faith?
      Ephesians 2:8

Peter's Faith From God (Acts 2)
    Was Peter sincere in his faith?
      John 13:36-37
    Did Peter sincerely want a stronger faith?
      John 13:6-9
    Would Peter ever receive this strong faith he longed for?
      John 14:26
    When did this happen?
      Acts 2:1, 4
    Did Peter receive a strong faith at this time as Jesus had promised?
      Acts :2:14, 37-38, 41

Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial (Matthew 26:31-35)
    How did Jesus' apostles respond when Jesus said that one of them would betray Him?
      Matthew 26:21-22
    After realizing it wasn't them, were the eleven allowed to rest proudly on their faithfulness?
      Matthew 26:31-32
    How did Peter show his pride in the faith he had built for himself?
      Matthew 26:33

    Did Jesus know more about Peter's situation than Peter himself?
      Luke 22:31-33
    Did Jesus agree that Peter would be able to withstand Satan's temptations?
      Matthew 26:34
    Did Peter accept Jesus' warning?
      Matthew 26:35
    How did Peter later show the misguided sincerity of his faith?
      John 18:3, 10-11

All Fall Away (Mark 14:50-54)
    Was Jesus' prediction fulfilled that all would fall away that night?
      Mark 14:50
    Did His disciples sneak away or "run for their lives"?
      Mark 14:51-52
    Did proud Peter also run away or did he stay close with Jesus?
      Luke 22:54

Peter's First Denial (John 18:15-18)
    Was Peter the only disciple who followed Jesus?
      John 18:15
    How was Peter able to get into the high priest's courtyard?
      John 18:16
    How sincerely did Peter want to get in to be available to support his Jesus?
      John 18:17
    Did Peter realize what he had done and stay away from others to keep from repeating it?
      John 18:18

Peter's Second Denial (Matthew 26:71-72)
    What inevitably happened while Peter stood around the group in the courtyard?
      Mark 14:69
    How did Peter respond?
      Matthew 26:72

Peter's Third Denial (Matthew 26:73-74)
    Did Peter's oath convince the people standing around?
      Matthew 26:73
    Who does John say this person who spoke to Peter was?
      John 18:26
    Did Peter finally admit who he was?
      Matthew 26:74

Peter's Wakeup Call (Luke 22:60-62)
    What happened just as Peter denied Jesus the third time?
      Luke 22:60
    Did Peter realized what this meant?
      Matthew 26:75
    What especially helped Peter realize the severity of what he had done?
      Luke 22:60-61
    How did Peter feel when reality sank in?
      Luke 22:62

Peter is Reinstated (John 21:15-17)
    How would Peter have felt when Jesus died without being able to make up for his denial?
      1 Peter 5:1
    What did Peter do when he heard that Jesus had risen?
      Luke 24:11-12
    Did Jesus give Peter a chance to reconfirm his faith after denying Him three times?
      John 21:15-17

Godly Sorrow or Worldly Sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10)
    How did Judas react in worldly sorrow to his guilt of denial?
      Matthew 27:3-5
    How was Peter's sorrow considered godly in comparison to Judas' worldly sorrow?
      2 Corinthians 7:9
    Could Judas have been forgiven if he had godly sorrow instead of worldly sorrow?
      2 Corinthians 7:10

Closing Prayer

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