RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON THIRTY-SEVEN SUNDAY 16TH MAY 2021
TOPIC: PETER, THE APOSTLE
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
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.
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
So they said, “Some [say] John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed [this] to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will 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.
1. BRIEF HISTORY AND CHARACTER
2. ACHIEVEMENTS AND LESSONS FROM HIS LIFE/MINISTRY
BRIEF HISTORY AND CHARACTER
Peter, born in Bethsaida (John 1:44), was a fisherman by profession (Luke 5:1-2). His original name was Simon; Jesus renamed him Cephas, which is a transliteration of the Aramaic word for rock or stone and identical in meaning with Peter in Greek (John 1:42). He was one of those Jesus chose as His followers (Matthew 4:18-20). He was ordained to be one of the twelve disciples of Jesus called apostles (Mark 3:14-16; Luke 6:13). He was commissioned to lead the other disciples at the departure of Christ (Matthew 16:18; John 21:15-17). He was married before he became Apostle (Luke 4:38; Matthew 8:14). According to tradition, Peter died as a martyr, being crucified upside down in Rome because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus Christ.
Peter had a character of obedience, he left everything he had and followed Christ (Matthew 4:22, Luke 5:11). Although, he is known for being rash, impulsive, speaking and acting without thinking; he always took to corrections (Mark 8:31-33; John 18:10-11). He also had a heart of flesh, quick to repent from his misdeeds (Luke 22:61-62).
ACHIEVEMENTS AND LESSONS FROM HIS LIFE/MINISTRY
Peter was the first to catch the revelation that Jesus is the son of God. (Matthew 16:15-17). Peter had the opportunity to be on the mount of transfiguration where Elijah and Moses appeared and conversed with Jesus (Mark 9:2-6). After his Holy Ghost baptism on the day of Pentecost, he preached and 3,000 souls were saved in his first sermon (Acts 2:14,37,41). On another occasion, he preached and about 5,000 men believed. He had a rugged faith in His Master, Jesus Christ and was able to walk on the sea (Matthew 14:25-29). Peter’s confidence in God is revealed in the healing of the lake man at the gate called beautiful (Acts 3:1-7). He became so anointed that ‘multitude’ were added to the Church and many sick folks were healed through the casting of his shadow (Acts 5:14-16).
There are lessons to be learnt from the life and ministry of Peter. Believers should learn to heed God’s call, ‘leave everything that can hinder you from serving God’ and follow Him (Matthew 19:29). Faith in Christ can accomplish anything if we keep our eyes ‘off the storms’ surrounding us (Matthew 14:28-31; Hebrews 12:2). As children of God, we should be thoughtful to speak and act intelligently (James 1:19; Colossians 4:6). Like in the case of Peter when he denied Christ, God will forgive us of even the most grievous sins if we confess and genuinely repent (Hebrews 4:16). We can glorify God not only by our lives but also in death (Philippians 1:20-21; Romans 8:17).
Christians should allow God to grow them like he groomed Peter from a baby Christian to the carrier of anointing.
1. Briefly describe the life and character of Peter the Apostle .
2. What are his achievements and the lesson to be learned from his life?