Bible Story

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Unit 28, Session 3: Faithful in Hard Times

Peter’s story of faith began when Jesus said, “Follow Me.” (Matt. 4:18) Peter and his brother Andrew—two fishermen from Galilee—left their nets and followed Jesus. As one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, Peter witnessed firsthand Jesus’ miracles and teachings.

Peter believed that Jesus is the Messiah (Matt. 16:16), and he was understandably upset when Jesus predicted that Peter would deny Him (Matt. 26:34-35). Peter fell asleep as Jesus prayed in the garden, and he drew his sword to defend Jesus when He was arrested. (Matt. 26:40; John 18:10) Peter denied Jesus three times, but after the resurrection Jesus appeared to Peter and the other disciples. Then Jesus restored Peter to ministry at the sea of Galilee. (John 21:15-19)

The first 12 chapters in the Book of Acts record the Holy Spirit’s work through Peter after Pentecost. God revealed to Peter that the gospel is for everyone—Jews and Gentiles. Peter was arrested and imprisoned for sharing the gospel, but an angel of the Lord rescued him. (Acts 12:1-8)

Peter wrote his first letter sometime between AD 62 and 64 to believers who had experienced persecution and suffering. He encouraged them and reminded them how to live holy lives as followers of Christ, looking forward to an eternal reward in their true home—heaven.

Peter’s letter was written nearly two thousand years ago to believers who were not far removed from Jesus’ life on earth. We still wait eagerly for Jesus’ return, but God calls us to faithfulness in hard times—using our time on earth to better know and love Him, and to tell others about Him. As believers, we are all called to live a life of love and to glorify God by what we do and say, even in the midst of trials and troubles.

The Bible says Christians will suffer for following Jesus. Peter encouraged believers who faced persecution for their faith. Through suffering, God can make us more like His Son. Jesus gives us hope and true life so we can live joyfully for Him, even in hard times.


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Faithful in. Hard Times

(1 Peter 1-2)

The Bible says Christians will suffer for following Jesus. Peter encouraged believers who faced persecution for their faith. Through suffering, God can make us more like His Son. Jesus gives us hope and true life so we can live joyfully for Him, even in hard times.

 


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • Name a time that following Jesus was hard for you.
    How is life with Jesus better than life without Jesus?
    How can going through hard times make us more like Jesus?
  • Have you ever been mistreated because of your faith?
    How do you think hard times can bring us closer to God?
    Describe a time you were encouraged by someone else.

Worship

Game Idea

Easy or Hard

 

 -Provide different scenarios to the kids.

-Ask them to vote on whether they think the situation would be easy or hard.


-Allow a few kids to explain why they voted the way they voted.

-Use the suggested scenarios or come up with your own. Play as time allows.


Suggestions:
•Your mom told you not to eat more cookies, but
she’s busy and wouldn’t see you sneak one.
•Your friend’s pet died, and you don’t know how to
comfort her.
•Some kids are picking on a new student at your
school. If you stick up for him, they might pick on
you as well.

 

 

CONNECTION:

 

We all face hard situations sometimes. Doing the right thing can often feel like a huge challenge. Who do you think helps us choose the right things?

Serving
Jesus

 

Consider finding a place to serve in the church. There are many ministries that would love for your family to serve. Check out childrens, youth, students, welcome, greeters, worship, tech, parking lot, etc. There are so many placed to get connected and serve as a family.