Read John 6:60-69 and Matthew 16:13-20.

Read the following questions, and pick one or two to respond to in the comments below.  Or, respond to someone else’s comment with a question or comment of your own.

Peter's words in John 6:68: “Lord, to whom shall we go?” could perhaps be paraphrased “Lord, the alternatives are not good.”  (F. Dale Bruner)  In our world today, what is a popular alternative to following Jesus?  How have you found Jesus to be the one worthy of following?

In verse 69, Peter says, “We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”  Why do you think he uses those two verbs, “believe” and “know,” and in that order?

After Peter's bold confession in Matthew 16:16, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Jesus replies to him, “…flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.”  In other words, as F. Dale Bruner puts it, “It is not Peter's character, religious sensitivity, sincerity, openness, or anything in Peter that enables him to believe who Jesus is and to make the good confession.  It is, and always is, the Father who gives saving faith.”  Tell about a time in your own life when you have received faith as a gift from God.

Question from A Walk Thru the Life of Peter:

Do you think it makes a difference to God whether people confess the truth out loud or simply believe the truth in their hearts?  Why or why not?

 

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