Bible Stories for Adults
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
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?
What was Jesus responding to when He made this statement to Peter?
Was this a sign of Peter's rock solid faith?
How else do we see that Peter and the others didn't really understand what he had said?
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?
Simon the Man (Mark 1:29-31)
Where was Simon (Peter) from?
Where did Peter live when he met Jesus?
Mark 1:21, 29
What do we learn about Peter from the following story in Mark?
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?
How did this event change Simon's life?
Jesus' Life Group (Luke 6:12-17)
How many disciples did Jesus have?
Did Jesus have a need to form a Life Group of a few disciples?
Did Jesus feel especially close to any of His Life Group members?
Where else do we see this inner circle?
Did Jesus choose His inner circle because they best understood His purpose?
Jesus called Simon Rock. Did He give nicknames to James & John?
What story helps us understand why Jesus called them Boanerges?
Did Peter understand Jesus' purpose any better than James & John?
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?
Which seed in Jesus' parable of the sower best describes Peter's faith at this time?
Why would Peter's faith be so bold at first but die so quickly?
Where should Peter have looked for his faith?
Peter's Faith From God (Acts 2)
Was Peter sincere in his faith?
Did Peter sincerely want a stronger faith?
Would Peter ever receive this strong faith he longed for?
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?
After realizing it wasn't them, were the eleven allowed to rest proudly on their faithfulness?
How did Peter show his pride in the faith he had built for himself?
Did Jesus know more about Peter's situation than Peter himself?
Did Jesus agree that Peter would be able to withstand Satan's temptations?
Did Peter accept Jesus' warning?
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?
Did His disciples sneak away or "run for their lives"?
Did proud Peter also run away or did he stay close with Jesus?
Peter's First Denial (John 18:15-18)
Was Peter the only disciple who followed Jesus?
How was Peter able to get into the high priest's courtyard?
How sincerely did Peter want to get in to be available to support his Jesus?
Did Peter realize what he had done and stay away from others to keep from repeating it?
Peter's Second Denial (Matthew 26:71-72)
What inevitably happened while Peter stood around the group in the courtyard?
How did Peter respond?
Peter's Third Denial (Matthew 26:73-74)
Did Peter's oath convince the people standing around?
Who does John say this person who spoke to Peter was?
Did Peter finally admit who he was?
Peter's Wakeup Call (Luke 22:60-62)
What happened just as Peter denied Jesus the third time?
Did Peter realized what this meant?
What especially helped Peter realize the severity of what he had done?
How did Peter feel when reality sank in?
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?
Did Jesus give Peter a chance to reconfirm his faith after denying Him three times?
Godly Sorrow or Worldly Sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10)
How did Judas react in worldly sorrow to his guilt of denial?
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
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