Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the son of the living God."
Matthew 16:17

. . . learning from the men, women and children of Bible times
            Simon Peter,  an apostle of Jesus Christ     &      (the first gospel preacher)                        This is a true story!

more pages about Simon Peter:


The Books that Peter Wrote

  Simon Peter in the Book of Acts   Simon Peter, the first Gospel Preacher

The Confession of Peter - Matthew 16:13-20

Peter didn't answer Jesus' question in this way
               because he thought that was what Jesus wanted him to say, or
               because he wanted to be the leader of the apostles, or
               because he wanted to get out of the supper dishes. 

He answered, "You are the Christ, the son of the living God." because that is simply what he believed.

Peter was simple and honest and bold.

Peter loved Jesus and he believed in Jesus and he wanted to say it out loud.

Jesus said, "Yes, Peter, you are right."

Jesus went on to say some things about a rock
                and some keys
that we might not understand now,

 but maybe Jesus was telling Peter that his confession was the underlying basis
for Christ's church                     

and everyone who wanted
to be a Christian
must stand on this belief.



Maybe he was telling   Peter that he would
be the first one to
preach to people about
God's salvation,

the first one to tell people how they could know Jesus, thus, unlocking the doors (for all of us) to the kingdom of heaven which is the church.

Peter 'stepped up' to the challenge of preaching. 

He didn't say, "No, Lord, not me!" or "I'm not ready" or "I'm too tired" or "I'm not big enough" or "I've had a rough day" or "I'll do it later".

Maybe we could do a better job when Jesus gives us a task; even if it is just to 'smile through adversity'.

More stories about Simon Peter



When Peter met Jesus, he said, "Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinner."

Peter knew that he was not good enough to be near the Son of God.

Now we know that Jesus came to earth to seek sinners and to save them.

If we let Jesus forgive us of our sins, and we let Jesus teach us to do better, (and we really follow Him) then we can be with Jesus here on earth AND in heaven.

Neither we nor Jesus has to depart from the other!


Peter's name appears in the Bible 183 times.

There are 9 Bible books that mentions Peter --

they are: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, 1 Corinthians, Galatians,
1 Peter and 2 Peter

One thing about Peter: If he didn't know what to say, he just said it anyway!

Matthew 16:22
     Jesus was trying to explain to the apostles what was going to happen to Him, that He would be crucified on a cross.
 Peter argued with Jesus and said, "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You."  Jesus was not happy that Peter was trying to interfere with the will of God and the plan of salvation.

Matthew 26:33
At the Last Supper, Jesus told his apostles that all would be offended in Him, but Peter said, "Even if everyone else is made to stumble because of you, I will never stumble." of course he did stumble by denying Jesus later that night.

Mark 9:5
     At the Transfiguration, Peter said, "It is good for us to be here, Lord, let us build three tabernacles, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.".  He just wasn't thinking that Jesus was God and Moses and Elijah were mere men.

'Simon Peter in the Gospels' Quiz
pick the right answer for the questions about Simon Peter in the Gospels
10 points for every right answer - wrong answers will be shown to you

1.  Peter was also known as....



2. Peter found a coin in the mouth of what animal....

a snake
a camel
a fish

3. What disciple was Peter's brother...


4.  Peter's mother-in-law was healed by....

James and John


5. Peter was from which town....
John 1:44


6. What 2 disciples were with Peter at the Transfiguration...

James and John
Philip and James
Matthew and Thomas

7.  When Peter walked on the water toward Jesus, why did he begin to sink...

the thunder scared him
the wind knocked him down
he doubted


8. After His resurrection, how many times did Jesus ask Peter if he loved Him...


9. Jesus taught his apostles about humility by...

feeding them bread and wine
washing their feet
singing hymns


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