Bible Study Outline on Peter

Jesus Called Peter and Andrew to Follow Him

 

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Peter, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, was originally from the town of Bethsaida (John 1:44). He and his brother, Andrew were fishermen. .One day, Andrew told his brother Peter, that he have found the Messiah. He said this after he had heard what John the Baptist said and followed Jesus. The name of Peter was originally Simon but Jesus changed it to Cephas. Cephas is Peter when it is translated into English.

It happened that Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee and he called Peter and Andrew to follow him. At once, he immediately put down his fishing net to follow him. Peter and Andrew were partners with James and John in the fishing business.
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. (1 Corinthians 11:1-2 KJV)

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3-4 KJV)

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. (1 Peter 2:21 KJV)

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:14-16 KJV)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24 KJV)

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (Titus 3:5 KJV)

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13 KJV)

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8:34 KJV)

Peter Denied Jesus Three Times

 

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After Jesus was arrested, the guards took him away into the home of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance and he went into the courtyard of the high priest. While at the courtyard, a servant girl who worked for the high priest saw Peter warming at the fire. The servant girl asked Peter if he is one of the followers of Jesus and he replied no. Immediately after that, a rooster crowed.

After that, a servant girl told others that Peter is definitely one of the followers of Jesus and he replied no for the second time. After  some moment, some bystanders accused Peter of being one of the followers of Jesus and he denied again. At this, the rooster crowed for the second time. Suddenly, Peter remembered what Jesus said, that he will deny him 3 times before the rooster crowed. He broke down in tears and cried.

We must never deny Jesus before other people. If you deny Jesus, Jesus will deny you before the Father God. We must never follow the crowd and compromise our faith. We must never compromise our faith with worldly cultures, pagan festivities, to please someone, doing pagan job, bowing down to idols and images and etc.

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:33 KJV)

Peter Healed a Crippled Beggar

 

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One day, Peter and John traveled to the temple.during the prayer time. As they were about to enter the temple gate, a man crippled from birth was found there. He was carried to the temple gate to beg everyday. Peter commanded the beggar to walk in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. After taking the beggar by the righ hand, his feet became strong and he was able to walk again.

The people were surprised to see the crippled beggar able to walk. Then, Peter started to address the crowd by explaining that it is because the man believed in name of Jesus and the faith in him. The priests and captain of temple guard were disturbed about Peter’s message so they seized him and put him in jail. However,many people heard Peter’s message that day and 5,000 men were added to the church.

In the following day, Peter was brought before the Sandherin. Peter started to explain again that it is by the name of Jesus that the man was healed. There is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved. They finally released him because everyone was praising God. The people offered thanksgivings to God on the release of Peter. All the believers were of one heard and mind. They always share their possessions.

Nothing is impossible with God because God is all powerful. If you have faith in God, God can do miracles for you. This is why Jesus said the kingdom of heaven belongs to children. Children are naive and they can easily believe without asking many questions. Adults are usually more stubborn and doubtful compare to children. If you want God to answer your prayer, you must believe that he will give you what you ask for.

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37 KJV)

Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. (Genesis 18:14 KJV)

Peter Raised Tabitha from the Dead

 

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An old woman called Tabitha (Dorcas in Greek) from Joppa happened to fell very ill and died. This happened when Peter was traveling in Lydda. Tabitha was a kind woman and she often help the poor. The disciples heard Peter was in Joppa and they went there to call him to come to raise Tabitha from the dead. Lydda was situated within the proximity to Joppa.

When Peter arrived, he was brought to the upstairs room. The widows stood around Peter, crying as they showed him the robes that Tabitha made for them. After that, Peter sent out everyone out of the room and knelt down to pray. Then, he turned toward the woman and tell her to get up. At this, Tabitha opened her eyes. Peter helped her to stand up.

 

The Death of Ananias and Sapphira

 

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Ananias and Sapphira promised to sell their land and donate the full amount of the sale price to God. However, after selling the land. Ananias decided to keep back half the amount of money. He had discussed with his wife in beforehand and they agreed to offer only half the amount of sale price to the church. When Ananias came to make an offering at the feet of Peter, Peter rebuked him for trying to lie to the Holy Spirit. At this, Ananias fell down and died. Then, some young men came in to bury him.

After a while, Sapphira came in not knowing what had happened. Peter asked Saphhira whether the land was sold for that amount of money and she replied yes. At this, Sapphira drop down and died. The young men who had buried Ananias just came in and now carried Sapphira out to bury.

Ananias and Sapphira sinned by trying to lie to God. God is omniscience and he knows everything. Nothing done in secret can be hidden from God. Lying is a serious sin and this commandment can be found in the 10 commandments. If you make a promise, you must keep it. Not keeping your promise is the same as lying. You should tell the person if you cannot keep your promise. You should also ask for God’s forgiveness if you are not able to meet your promise.

Gossiping is also a form of lying. This is because people usually won’t say an information exactly when they gossiping about someone. They will try to add more information to make it more interesting.

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV)

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV)

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. (Proverbs 19:9 KJV)

Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight. (Proverbs 12:22 KJV)

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. (Colossians 3:9-10 KJV)

He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. (Psalm 101:7 KJV)

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a
liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4 KJV)

For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. (Luke 8:17 KJV)

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25 KJV)