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1&2 Peter: Day 1

Peter, An Apostle Of Jesus

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Today's Text: 1 Peter 1:1-2, Matthew 16:13-19, John 1:35-42, John 13:36-38

Text:  1 Peter 1:1-2, Matthew 16:13-19, John 1:35-42, John 13:36-38

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia…
– 1 Peter 1:1, NASB

My mother-in-law is the proudest mother and grandmother on earth. We love that about her. My husband jokes that if he were in prison, his mom would brag to all her friends that he was the best inmate in his cellblock.

It feels good to be loved and prized so fiercely. But we on the receiving end of such admiration know ourselves too well to believe all the hype.

I wonder how Peter felt when Jesus gave him his new name (John 1:52). “You are Peter [which, in the Greek, means rock], and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Say what now? 

Some say Christ is referring to Himself here, for He, indeed, is the Cornerstone on which the Church is built (Mark 12:10). Others say the “rock” refers to believers as a collective, individual stones that make up the Church. But many maintain the rock is Peter, the representative apostle whose strength and stability are imparted only by The Rock, Jesus. Whatever your interpretation, the name is bold. What if Jesus named you Rock? Would you feel the name fit?

I imagine Peter was a good man. Hard working and honest, a good friend and, yes, maybe even a son a mama could brag to her friends about. But a rock? Or the rock? Come on now, Jesus. That seems a little extreme. The guy is just a regular ole fisherman, and later on he’s going to deny even knowing you!  (Yes, this is present-day Me talking to the Savior of Man as if He is confused. Admit it—you’re thinking the same thing.)

This is why I have fallen head over heels in love with these letters from Peter the apostle. Not only do they deliver essential encouragement and admonition to the Church, they are gospel reminders spoken by a product of the Gospel himself. Peter is sold out to spreading the message of Jesus Christ because he has lived it. He walked alongside the Savior, followed Him throughout His ministry, saw the miracles and the death, resurrection, and ascension as they happened. He knows the story of the Church because it is his personal story.

When Peter says, “Your inheritance in Christ will never fade,” it’s not hearsay, it’s personal testimony.

When he says, “Don’t listen to the liars; they want to destroy you but Jesus gives you life,” he remembers how those same voices tried to woo him, too.

When Peter tells us that we, the Church, can rejoice in our suffering, he says so as one who watched the Son of Man suffer in real-time on the cross, bearing the sins of you and me and a Jesus-following, Jesus-denying wreck of a man named Peter.

In the letters of 1 & 2 Peter, we get to hear from someone with firsthand experience what it means to be an apostle, what it is like to be called and discipled by Jesus, to vow faithful yet prove fickle, to be used in the service of the Lord and growth of the Kingdom in spite of his flaws and tendencies to wander. In the end he would die a martyr’s death, giving his life for Jesus’s name like he promised he would.

Peter has tested the Gospel of Jesus and found it to be imperishable, undefiled and unfading.

Let’s lean in and listen as he writes to the persecuted churches of Asia Minor and to us, nearly 2000 years later.

Soften our hearts, Father, as we hear from your servant, Peter.
Come, Holy Spirit, as we seek to understand the Truth of your Word.
Help us, Lord, to encounter You in the coming weeks and, with renewed conviction and assurance, introduce ourselves followers of Jesus.

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  • I love how in the Bible God uses flawed and imperfect people, like Peter, as part of His redemption story! It reminds me that God can use even me, and that through my human weaknesses, God’s strength and love is shown.

  • Lanissa Reale

    So good! Loving this plan! It’s helping me to get back into scripture!

  • Always forget Peter that wrote the letters is the same Peter that Jesus called. Or is it the same Peter?!?

  • I LOVE PETER! I feel such a kindred spirit to Him and I am thankful for the record of his imperfections in following Christ. Jesus uses him and LOVES him and SAVES him regardless of Peter’s imperfections. I believe the “rock” Jesus is talking about it what Peter says, “you are the Christ, the son of the living God!” The Bible teaches us that know one can claim that sort from the Holy Spirit and this is truly the foundation of the Christian Faith: Jesus’ deity and sufficiency as our Savior.

  • Rebecca M.

    When the study was describing Peter, the line “to vow faithful yet prove fickle” struck me right in the heart. How many times have I vowed faithful yet proved fickle? The guilt from all the times I’ve been fickle weighs on me….yet Peter, the man whom Christ declared the rock on which He (Christ) would build his church, denied the Savior not once, but THREE times. Oh, Father – forgive me for the times I’ve proven fickle! Use me in Your way, Lord! Open my heart, mold my will to Yours.

  • Just a clarification. Peter’s name and the word for rock used in the verse in Matthew 16 are not the same words. One means small rock, pebble (petros-Peter) and the other is a very large rock, Boulder (petra-rock). Hence the difference that the two words do not refer to the same person. Christ was referring to himself as the rock.

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  • Jessica

    Just starting this study, ready for the daily commitment to the Word and looking forward to new revelations from Him!

  • Ashley Flores

    A new name. I think there’s already so much weight with just being named “Christian” lol. But I’m so grateful He has renewed me in every way.

  • Amy StClair

    Tears of compassion fill my eyes when I imagine how Peter feels after betraying /denying Jesus. The shame. Yet, we do it almost everyday. I hope to learn from Peters mistakes and learn how to suffer well.

  • So excited to be starting this study!

  • Just starting this study on Peter and I am looking so forward to the things God wants to show me through the book of Peter. Going deep with you!!

  • Angie8097

    First day!! I amp praying exactly what today’s prayer is…a renewing of the joy of my salvation!

  • just started this study, and I am so excited to keep reading. I needed this and it will be super helpful for me and help me get closer to God.

  • Katrina Johnson

    Blessed be His name in ALL the earth!!!

  • Jessica Faye

    Hey My name is Jessica and I have been doing these devotionals over seas in Africa where there is hardly any wifi. Now I am home and it is so cool to know that there really is a community of women here who are fighting for more of God in their lives. So glad to be apart of this.

  • Just blown away. Day 1 and I’m hooked and that’s saying a lot coming from an inconsistent bible reader.

  • I am so excited to start this study. I know what it means to love Christ with my whole heart, but I long to know what it means and looks like for me to be an apostle of his Kingdom even though I’m a pretty big wreck like Peter too.

  • Erica Chavis

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  • Stephanie Yates

    First day in and I am so pumped !!

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  • Excited for this study a bit different than the others I’ve done!

  • Jerry Ayala

    The concept of Peter being the rock is hard for some to chew, but in order to study and understand the word, you have to think! And, it's one of those concepts that are fully understood as you mature in the word of God. Its an amazing revelation really.

  • Jennifer LaPrees

    I “feel” like jello; but I believe in the God who sees in me is much more clearly the woman he created me to be than I do.
    Help me turn away from fickle feelings Lord Jesus, help me know what is true and hang onto that while you do the redeeming work in my heart.

    • Melanie

      I love this prayer. I will say the same for myself. Thanks for posting what was in your heart.

    • Becky Shand

      I love this too! The God who sees in me much more clearly, the woman He created me to be. I want to see what He sees and live that out everyday.

  • hlwarn87

    I already feel so blessed to be hearing God speak to me…to be reminded that He has chosen me and blessed me, in spite of the ways that I am so much like Peter–"a Jesus-following, Jesus-denying wreck of a man". Praise Him for He is good!

  • Nikki Lanzo

    An important note is that if you go to This place it is a Huge Rock!!! We read these scriptures in Israel and it came to life because Jesus was talking to Peter and they literally were standing on this huge rock. We were also told that at one part of the Rock – there was a cave area that people thought were the gates of Hell. In our journey to Israel we realized how much of the word is simplified by the places- and although many places have changed over time. The Rock is the same.
    I’m sure the Lord was making a double impact with the place and the name.

  • As I start this devotion, I’m reading it as a sinner. One who has strayed away and felt so distant from God over the last year. I feel like I’m going to be able to learn a lot from Peter and his relationship with Jesus

    • Kylee

      Welcome Aubree, I pray you stay right here long enough to receive what the Lord has for you in these studies!

  • Valerie Wendeborn

    Thank you for this! It is so encouraging to hear your thoughts. I have always loved Peter and so I am excited to go thru his journey here. To walk with him and be wowed and reminded that he literally walked with THE KING is so exciting for me!

  • Luvmegrands

    So refreshing!

  • Ashley Hart

    That’s exactly what I needed today :) great read!

  • Tiffany Sutton

    Blessed to have a devotional such as this where busy women like myself can come and read about GOD and share the good news with each other

  • Megan Lee Webb

    This is all so encouraging.

  • One week ago I wrote that I’m the kind of rock Jesus tosses in the ocean and it sinks to the bottom.

    While I still feel that way I’m more able to see this passage with new eyes.

    In the letters of 1 and 2 Peter, we get to hear from someone with firsthand experience what it means to be an apostle, what it is like to be called and discipled by Jesus, to vow faithful yet prove fickle, to be used in the service of the Lord and growth of the Kingdom in spite of his flaws and tendencies to wander. In the end he would die a martyr’s death, giving his life for Jesus’s name like he promised he would.

  • I am reminded about how God calls the imperfect to do His work….we are where we are because there is something God has planned for us to work on, the hard part is we may not see the why behind it or see the work come to fruition, this is where faith truly has to step in!BTW I love this app!!!

  • Amen Jesus is speaking to all of us thru his word and to the church

  • I love that Jesus can use us despite our flaws

  • Amanda Stooks

    This app is incredible

  • I was gifted this study from a friend and I have been waiting for this house to finally be quiet so I can read!!! Because this “SHE” is in love w

  • Ha. If Jesus calls me a rock. He means the kind that sinks to the bottom of the ocean.

    Ladies. I’m really struggling right now. I need prayer.

    • Melissa Lyons

      Praying for you, Shelley! That His peace would guard your heart and mind. That every wayward thought would be taken captive, and that you would begin to accept His grace and see the value that He has placed in your life. You may be a rock, but remember that diamonds are rocks, too!

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Praying for you now, friend. xo

    • Erin Montana Motes

      Hello. Have you every heard of Jezebel? If you are full of darkness I’d like to take this time to pray for you. Jezebel is the one that is anxious to have us full of darkness but we have to encounter and pray to our Good Lord that he will fill us full of his light! Can I get an Amen ! Prayers to you !

  • Nicole Palau

    Awesome message !

  • I’ve been struggling with how can God use me. I’m flawed, and mess up in my day to day, but I’m crazy about Christ. I want to be just like Peter.

  • My teacher mrs regnaert showed me this app I am so glad she did

  • Tessa Rayanne

    lOVE this ap! So glad I found it. Starting late too but we will all catch up (:

  • Jodie Wilt

    I just found this app and so far love it I think Peter is one of my favorites because he shows us that no matter what God is always there no matter what and he is a great example of redemption. He knew what he did wax wrong and he worked the rest of his life to makeup for his sin. I am very excited to start this plan and getting to know some spiritual minded women

  • I too am starting late but am loving this app and the study so far! I love how easy it is to relate to Peter’s vow to be faithful but proven to be fickle. Yet in spite of this, God used him to grow His kingdom and peter ended up giving his life for Christ. It gives me hope for my fickle self- that God can use me in spite of myself.

  • Tara Pullman

    Started a little late but that’s better than not starting at all! :) So far I LOVE it!

  • Rachel Willoughby

    Just starting this… Can I please just say how awesome this app is !

  • Just read Day 1. And what a great reminder… “chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.” I have been chosen. Chosen to be a daughter of the God of the universe. Chosen because He chose me. I am part of His plan. A plan of redemption. I’ve been chosen to play my part in this grand story. The ultimate story of love and sacrifice. I’ve been chosen for this time and place… For this life… Chosen to be this wife… This mother… This friend… This daughter… I’ve been chosen. Not like being picked last for the dodge ball team in elementary school. I wasn’t picked because I was the only choice left. I was chosen, like a favorite Christmas ornament – picked out with glee and placed with a love filled heart into the perfect place on the tree. God Himself chose me for this role. Chose me to be apart of His grand story. He knew me – all my strengths and weaknesses – and chose me just the same. Wow!

    • Ashley

      I was just skimming through the comments and your analogy was like a sucker-punch! I LOVE that we’re the most treasured Christmas ornament, picked out with GLEE, and placed at the most perfect spot on the tree. Not the last, puny kid picked because she has big glasses and no athletic ability (btw, that was me

    • Shawna

      I know this is a response months later but I just started and that post is super inspiring and encouraging . It is so easy to forget we really were chosen by the creator of the universe despite our many flaws and doubts and weaknesses ! I’m going to take that thought through today and whenever I read this first part of 1 peter now! I am chosen not only “accepted” by my Heavenly Father .

  • So excited to receive my study pack! I'm holding off on ready the new days until it arrives. I have a question and im hoping someone can enlighten me. A friend recently mentioned that she doesn't understand why someone would refer to someone else (present day) as an "apostle" I found this interesting because I had recently seen a picture somewhere maybe on Pinterest maybe on this app that said "I am an apostle for Jesus" what does this mean exactly?

    • GodsGurl

      Becca as I understand it’ Apostle comes the the Greek word apostolos, which means “sent one.” This is someone who is going with a particular mission to a particular destination.
      So saying that I am an apostle of Jesus means that I have a particular mission in life and wouldn’t that be to serve others? To teach other about salvation? And get as many ppl to accept Christ? That should be our mission!

  • hello all! I am really excited to start 1 peter 1& 2 but also nervous at the same time. 1. i hope I am doing this right (this whole process) and 2. i willl become closed to Him.

  • Dear Lord,
    Am I a rock? Or just a crumbling pillar of sand with no substance? Could you build your church upon the foundation of my confession that you are Lord….or is my confession so weak and silent that the gates of hell would not only prevail but trample me as well? Lord, establish such faith in me that my new name may be Rock. Give such voice to my testimony and such firm conviction to my beliefs that hell cowers when I speak your holy name.
    Amen.

  • Awesome!

  • Super excited about this Bible Study!! Enjoyed today's study! I just got my study pack today!

  • Sarah @ RunSingTeach

    I don’t mean to quibble, truly. Biblical scholars debate whether or not Simon Peter was the true author of 1&2 Peter. I

    • Sarah @ RunSingTeach

      Oops, hit post too fast.

      We can certain drink in the wisdom of these letters but I think we would be remiss if we made consistent, direct correlation to Peter. I found this great article that digs deep.

      http://www.usccb.org/bible/1peter/0

    • shereadstruth

      HI Sarah! Thanks for the thoughtful feedback and the additional resource. We're so thankful for a community of women who values God's Word! While we are going with the traditionally held belief that the books were written by Peter (which we understand is fully debatable, as with so many biblical texts), our goal in using the example of Peter as a fallible and faithful follower of Christ is not necessarily to make a case for authorship but rather acknowledge that these letters were written for folks just like him (whether "him" here is the Peter we think it is, or another author/Christ follower) and us. Does that help clarify a bit? Thanks so much for commenting. Grace to you. – Amanda

  • to vow faithful yet prove fickle #sherreadstruth

    • Katie

      Lucy, this was the exact line that got my heart during today’s reading too!

  • Kimberly

    I was having an awful day. I had sinned yet again with a self-condemning thought and felt really unworthy and unforgiveable though I know Christ always forgives, and this devotion reminded me that though I sin (am fickle) I ask forgiveness (am faithful).

  • Krystal C

    1 & 2 Petered really resinate with me. I struggle with doubt & reassurance, & I am SO thankful this was the new study!

  • FAITH – Such a small word but such a huge rock to build a church. And Peter exemplified this rock. And Jesus knew his church could be built of this kind of FAITH. There have been many comments on what today's lesson was about, but what kept jumping out at me was F A I T H and the kind of faith here is the kind that only God can reveal to us. It wasn't Peter the man that the church would be built on it was Peter's Faith. I pray that my faith would grow so strong that I too could be one of those rocks that Jesus can use to continue the building of his church. This is going to be a great study.
    SRT you have given me a platform to dig into God's word, and a wealth of ladies to discuss and share my thoughts with. Your ministry is a blessing to me. Thank you for sharing God's word with the multitude of ladies around the world.

  • This is my first time reading 1&2 Peter and also enjoying reading everyone's comments, it helps me understand. I've been following for some time and wanted to say thanks SRT for putting the plans together, and making it easy to do a daily bible study!

  • I enjoyed todays reading. It is encouraging to read Peter’s story and know that he was imperfect, as we all are, and that we fall sometimes. Oh, I’ll read my bible tomorrow or Oh, we can watch service online, and so on. We fall away from our Father. BUT, He always allows us to return to Him! He forgives us, we can continue with Him always! Praise you Lord! My heart is open to You! ♡♡♡

  • Daniella

    Just bought the study packs for this!! Can’t wait for them to come in!!

  • veritas1201

    All last night while I was working, I kept talking about how excited I was for this study. 1 & 2 Peter are some of the books that I can quote certain verses, but never got an in-depth study and look at this book. Regarding the huge role that Peter had in the church's formation and Jesus' declaration of it, I take that moment and think that Peter must have had no idea what was coming for him. So often we see the disciples hearing Jesus, but still only understanding a fraction of what he is saying until they have the benefit of hindsight (Matthew 13:36-43, 20:20-28, Luke 22:24, John 13:31-38 just to name a few instances as I see it). By reading these letters, we can have a glimpse of how Peter saw things after the fact.

    In addition, I was wondering if you lovely ladies could lift up a prayer concern for me. Earlier today, while calling about performance opportunities for my own students (I'm a music teacher), I was made aware of a need at a local nursing home for music in their community year round. While I know this isn't a unique story, for some reason this facility has been settled in my mind since that phone call. I don't know what I could do, but prayer concerning this would be appreciated.
    Thanks!

  • Kelli Ferguson

    Like so many of you, I can't express how much I need this particular study at this time. I'm looking forward to more!

  • loveHimso

    When Peter tells us that we, the Church, can rejoice in our suffering. I, like the author of this study am intrigued with Peter. He was a good man, hard working and loyal. Some people say that men like Peter don’t exist. Someone just told me recently, “ They all are like that”. Meaning there are no true Christian men. I refuse to believe that. Some can say they are no true Christian women. That can’t be true because I know “ I exist” and if I exist then Christian men like Peter who not only love God but God is present in their everyday actions. Not just when the world is looking.
    Peter suffered and said that we must rejoice in our sufferings. I don’t know about you but I don’t rejoice initially. In fact, I question God during the whole process whining all the way. (Hopefully this whining is getting shorter and shorter). 1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. Ok Peter, this little while can seem like FOREVER! But there is joy and restoration on the other side of suffering. 14 years ago today I was starting a life but next week will be the end of that life, as I know it. The day has been somber but there is a joy in my heart that this world or no one could ever give me. I have no malice or hatred in my heart. I am thankful to have received and written a letter of closure. God has restored me and you can’t even smell the smoke from the fire on my clothes! For the first time in my life, I am truly resting in the arms of God. Ahh, that feels so nice to know that it’s not my fight. All I have to do is listen to God’s word and follow instructions on my next journey. It’s just that simple. Like Peter, I have a new name.

  • Lynda Clarke

    Excited and ready to grow. Great d has no respect of persons if He did it for a fisherman "Pete" The Rock" He can surly do it for me.

  • Hi ladies!
    I really enjoyed today's post, as I have for a couple months studying under SRT.
    However, there is something on my heart about what it means when we begin to start calling ourselves "Apostles."
    I do believe that we are the chosen of God and disciples of Him, but an apostle is a very different matter.

    Luke 6:13 – “And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles.”

    The word "apostle" means "one who is sent" (according to John Piper's research). When Judas had committed suicide after Jesus' ascension, Peter in Acts 1:21-22 knows that another 12th apostle needed to replace Judas. So he picked two that had been with them during the time Jesus lived on earth, from the time that John baptized Jesus till the day when Jesus ascended. This man needed to be a witness of Jesus' resurrection.

    So I'm just throwing a question out there, I may be entirely wrong. But I'm a little convicted here. Thoughts?

    • Kayla

      I forgot my question! Based on Scripture, how are we justified to believing that we are apostles of God? Where does it say that?

    • Caitlin

      I agree with you on this. I can call myself a disciple, but in the true meaning of the word “apostle” I don’t believe that I qualify biblically as I haven’t seen Christ nor been called by Him

    • veritas1201

      I'm interested in replies/thoughts on this, too. I've always believed we could be disciples, yes. But to be an apostle was reserved for those chosen and, as you say, one who was a follower from the time of his baptism to when he ascended.
      Have I misunderstood all these years?

    • Misce

      Hi Kayla, I'd like to post the same question as well… I was taught in our church that an "Apostle" is someone who has seen the Risen Christ which qualified Paul to also be called as one even if he wasn't included in the original 12 disciples..

    • Sarah @ RunSingTeach

      I looked it up and to be clear-disciple means student and apostle means messenger/ambassador. Certainly, on some level, we serve as ambassadors for Christ. Historically speaking, the biblical apostles were only the 12. Since we are all students of God, through Christ, disciple fits everyone.
      http://www.keyway.ca/htm2002/disapos.htm
      https://www.rca.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=7916
      http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostle
      http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disciple_(Christia

    • shereadstruth

      Friends – we are loving this great conversation! Thank you for your dedication to the Word! We've been mulling this over on our side of the screen as well. When the post was written, I (Amanda) was referring to the dictionary-definition of the word "apostle", meaning messenger/ambassador. However, I absolutely see how this would cause you pause given the more biblical use of the word. After some careful consideration, you'll be glad to know we revised the language of the last sentence of the post and also revised the image so as to avoid confusion. Thanks for helping us love you, our community, well! xo, Amanda

      • Laura D

        I just want to say how lovely (and refreshing!) it is to see people challenging each other in a Biblical, sisterly, intellectual manner and others being open to having a discussion! It’s such a nice change of pace from the norm of our society, and I’m glad to be a part of a community where members respect each other in this way :)

  • Thankful that God uses flawed people–like Peter–to carry out His purposes. I'm so thankful that God has invited me into His Story.

  • We are the church and Christ is our rock we can stand on even when we go through our valleys. Peter is such a good example of this! Thank you Jesus for revealing to me your word tonight as I did my first night of study. I pray you will reveal yourself to each lady doing this study including myself in a mighty way in the days ahead Amen!!

  • One of my favorite blog entry from Katie Davis' (an american teenager who left the comfort of her life in the U.S to live in Uganda and care for Orphans) was when she identified herself with Peter! I can relate so much, and I know that many of us here can relate as well! Sharing an excerpt from her blog post:

    "I am Peter. I mess up. I make mistakes, I am far from perfect, and God will use me. God will establish great things through me. You are Peter. God already knows that you will make a mess, but His plan for you is great. Go. Feed His sheep."

    — Read the whole blog entry here: http://katiedavis.amazima.org/2007/11/peter-is-ro

  • Betheny Keller

    I love how even though Peter denied Christ He still used him to do great things.
    This is something I think we can all relate to. We’ve all messed up but just like peter Christ is still working in our life.

  • Jennifer

    Very excited for this study. I need it right now. Lately, life has been stressful and hard. I pray and pray, yet, I doubt and doubt. I want my son (he's one year old now) to have a strong faith and I want to be a good role model for him.

  • Ashley S.

    I’m excited to read all about Peter! I’ve recently started studying the Bible myself, on a more personal level, and I feel this will be an added benefit of knowing + learning about Jesus.

  • I love Peter, and am so excited to be studying his words to the New Testament churches. What I really love about him is his willingness to act. Look at the story of Jesus walking on water – Peter walked toward Jesus but started sinking when he was distracted by the storm. BUT – Peter GOT OUT OF THE BOAT whilst the other disciples stayed where they felt safe. And yes, Peter, denied Jesus at the time of His trial, BUT Peter was actually there to be able to deny Him – where were the other disciples? So this flawed man (and aren't we all flawed) grew God's Kingdom "in spite of his flaws and tendencies to wander". We can learn so much from him!
    Blessings to all the SRT community

  • Ryan Osborn

    I am so excited to begin this study!! Peter is my favorite apostle! Side note though…. Our assigned reading was Matthew 16:13-19 but I couldn’t help but also continue and read verse 20 since it was right there. “Then he (Jesus) ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.” (Matt. 16:20) has anyone done some digging into this verse figure out what Jesus would have done this???

    • Demi-Brooke Kerr

      I would say he wanted their faith to be their own- not from hearing the words and stories of someone else, but by seeing His works themselves.

    • Jess Ridgeway

      Notice what Jesus says to Peter just a few verses before – “Blessed are you, Simon for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”
      Jesus was awaiting the time when it was right to reveal Himself as the Son of God. Until then, it was God who did the revealing.

  • Veronika

    I know this study is just what I need at this time, and I pray it sparks in me a flame to push through all the hardship in this world, and love and grow myself to overcome the need to please the world around me, and the need to do things right, and the fear of messing up and the fear of seeing the darkness, and softens my heart so that I can be exactly who God called me to be, who he chose. He chose me as His own, and in Him I am strong and firm, unshaken. I pray this study brings me closer to Him, and changes me as Peter was changed.

  • Kendall_S

    Did anyone else brave the study pack today and sketch their own personal highs and lows? This exercise for me was humbling, embarrassing, encouraging and amazing all wrapped up into one. Putting it down on paper allowed me to see my fickleness amidst God's faithfulness. God's favor and blessings in my life are so underserved and so precious to me. So thankful for SRT and this new study! Can't wait to journey along with Peter for the next few weeks.

    • Ryan Osborn

      I did too! It allowed me to see with my own eyes and reflect in my heart on how far God has brought me through the thick and the thin! We have an amazing Father!

  • I love the idea that brash, bold, speak-his-mind Peter road-tested the walk with Christ for us and then went on to unabashedly tell us of Christ's goodness and that the trials and tests are worth it all. I look forward to getting to know Peter more through this study.

  • Jess Ridgeway

    “Peter has tested the Gospel of Jesus and found it to be imperishable, undefiled and unfading.”
    It truly gives you a new perspective on Peter’s writings when you remember that he is writing what he has already lived.

  • Very good kick off to the study. Sometimes, I think we tend to put Jesus' disciples on a pedestal. However, this reminds us that they were not perfect like us. Just like us, Jesus chose them. Just like us, they were pursuing God's heart and seeking Jesus.

  • Amanda T

    So excited about this study! Read this on my way to work this morning, can’t wait to go home and open my study pack!

    • Kendall_S

      The study packs are so beautiful and helpful. I hope they are a blessing to you as they are to me! :)

  • Nita Rivas

    I’m very interested in Peter. I believe. Everyone can relate to him.

  • Ms. J Rivers

    I am sooo excited to begin this study. I recently stumbled upon She Reads Truth and I have fallen COMPLETELY in love. I have newfound love and respect for bible study.

  • 1 Peter 1: 1-2 is so interesting to me, especially the words 'strangers' and 'chosen'.

    I love that we are children of God, that our citizenship is not here on Earth but it is up with Jesus in Heaven. We are strangers to this world because we do not belong here.

    It's heartwarming to hear Peter say to us that we are 'God's elect', that we have been 'chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father….' It feels amazing to know that despite everything that I am and everything that I do, God still looks down on me with love and gently reminds me that no matter what, I am His chosen child. He finds me worthy and He wants me to be with Him. I still can't grasp my mind around that, but for someone who just recently accepted a job, this Earthly 'analogy' helps open my eyes a little more.

    How does it feel to be chosen?

  • Laura V.

    I can tell this study is going to be a blessing!! I love reading 1 & 2 Peter, to hear words from a man who walked with our Savior! I pray God uses this study for all readers including myself to grow closer to God.

  • Marcella

    I could use a little clarification, and I know a lot of people are talking about it. In the Matthew verses Jesus is changing Simon’s name to Peter, and I understand that by rock in the second half of verse 18 he is referring to himself (or Peter’s faith in him). But then why does he go on to say “I will give you the keys” and “whatever you forbid,” I assume he isn’t talking about Peter receiving keys and being in control of what is forbidden, am I misreading this? or is there hidden meaning/understanding that I am missing?

    • Lindsey

      I think Jesus is referring to salvation. He’s giving Peter the keys to Heaven meaning He’s giving Him life & salvation.

  • For years I have had a special relationship with Peter… I see myself in him in so many ways. His tendencies to act without seeking Jesus first, his denial but have been encouraged that one such as he, and by God's grace alone me, can be redeemed from ourselves and used mightily for the Kingdom of God and for His great glory. I, too, am looking forward to this study and growing closer to Jesus….

    • Grace cho

      Shani! I feel the exact same way!! I’ve always identified with Peter the most, and I’ve even named our son Peter :) I’ve always wanted to have someone write more about him, so I’m so excited for this series!

  • I am so excited about this study!! 1 & 2 Peter are my favorite!

  • Beth Warner

    I’m loving it already! It’s so comforting to see how Jesus uses people just like you and me to be apostles. They made mistakes, put their foot in their mouth at times, but loved The Lord. He sees our hearts, and that’s lovely.

  • I see there are a lot of comments on whether Peter is the rock or was just given keys, etc. If it helps my bible commentary says this-
    "Simon was Peter's given name; he was the son of Jonah. the two words for rock differ; 'You are Peter' (GK. petros, lit. "a small stone"); and 'on this rock' (Gk. petra, lit. "a massive rock"). There are 3 possible interpretations: 1) If Jesus were speaking in Aramaic and both references were Cephas, Peter is identified as the 'rock'; 2) Peter is the 'small rock' (Gk. petros), and Jesus is the 'massive boulder' (Gk. petra) upon whom the church is built (see Cori. 3:11), or 3) Peter is addressed, and his confession is the petra or "rock" on which the church would be built."

  • SHAMEKAMICHELLE

    WOW!! The study this morning blessed my soul so much. I prayed before I started asking God to open my eyes and to reveal His word to me. As I looked my notes I wrote while reading the word and then seeing the same themes in the devotional I know God is working. God is dealing with me on so many levels, compelling me to leave my old life behind and follow him wholeheartedly. This study is going to continue to draw me near to God. It amazed me how as I was reading verse by verse God prompted me to go to other passages in the Old and New Testaments. I have been reminded to pick up my cross daily by studying the word and follow Jesus. Let my light shine and use my testimony and encounter with Jesus lead others to him.

  • Nicole Stormann

    So excited for this. I love the perspective we gain from reading from Jesus' apostles. I love that we get to read the words of the 100% human people who lived and walked with Him. There is hope for the flawed and broken- for the doubters, the naysayers and the weary. My favorite part of this mornings study was from Matthew 16:13-19 where Jesus asks who others think He is and then who Peter thinks He is. It didn't matter what others thought about Jesus- the name-changing, faith catapulting moment came when Peter acknowledged Jesus for who He is- the Messiah. May we all acknowledge Jesus for who He is today! Praise God!

  • Once again I’m reminded that the journey we walk here is one of sanctification: consecration & purification of heart & life. At times, it’s not pretty, fun and most assuredly wearisome. Yet somehow He always yields the “peaceful fruit of righteousness” in this worn out body. How does he create righteousness in me? Though I’ll never understand, I am eternally grateful!! Thank you precious Jesus, Savior, friend.

  • RobertsinMada

    Hi! I’m new to SRT but am already loving it. However, id love some clarification on the first few paragraphs of devotion. Peter was not the rock the church was built on. I believe Jesus was referencing the statement Peter made “you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”. That statement is the “rock” that the church would be built upon. Thoughts?

    • Valarie

      It seems there has been misunderstanding on this. I have always been taught that Jesus is the rock. As I study this Jesus does not use the Greek word in its male form…it's actually female. So it's a play on words. If you study it peter was the foundation or cornerstone of the church age. Act 2 speaks of this with the day of Pentecost……paving the way for Gentiles. That's the way I took this devotional to mean as Peter being the Rock not The Rock. Hope this helps and makes sense :)

    • shereadstruth

      Hi friends! We added some language to the post to help clarify this a bit. Re-read and see if that helps! xo

  • Katie Jean

    I’m excited for this study and really digging into the life of Peter! Isn’t it interesting, all the people that God gave new names?

  • kaysepratt

    Talk about perfect timing. I read this morning’s reading and devotion, somewhat reluctantly, as I’ve been going through one of those fickle faith times. But these scriptures, and the reminder that Peter was not what you would consider a steady, always faithful guy were all such encouragements to me this morning!

  • Gema Muniz

    I feel encouraged this morning by this post. Lately I have been dealing with emotinal issues about how God wants to use me. Many times I feel discouraged by others or by the fact that things don't go as planned. Thankfully God has given me a great husband which reminds me that serving God always bears fruit regardless if we see them or not. God also uses his word, to remind us that just like he used Peter to establish his church he uses each one of us to continue spreading his gospel and doing the good work for his kingdom. God bless you all sisters, have a blessed day.

  • You don't offer the pay-what-you-can printable anymore?

    • Jenny Raymond

      It was special for Open Your Bible. I wish they did though!

  • “…what it is like to be called and discipled by Jesus, to vow faithful yet prove fickle, to be used in the service of the Lord and growth of the Kingdom in spite of his flaws and tendencies to wander.” To vow faithful yet prove fickle. To be used in spite of flaws and tendencies to wander. Perhaps if God can use Peter, He can use me. What an awesome God, that He chooses a broken vessel and proceeds to mend it as He uses it for His intended purposes. How I do love Him!
    I’m so looking forward to this study. Thanks, as always, lovely SRT ladies as you serve Him in this way! May He richly bless you!

  • Morning! I just finished up the Open Your Bible plan (which I loved btw) and was wondering if I missed/overlooked the list of study tools that was going to be given at the conclusion of the study? On day 10 someone had mentioned it would be helpful to get a list of favorite study tools and SRT replied saying a list would be provided at the conclusion of the plan.

    Sorry, if I missed it – please point me in the right direction if I did.

    Thank you so much for all you do!

    • Jenny Raymond

      I don’t know that this was what they were referring too, but I saw a great recommended book list on their website. (It doesn’t show up in the app, that I have seen.)

    • shereadstruth

      Valerie! You are so right. Our calendar got the best of us and we ran out of time to compile all those resources. I'm putting it on our radar to offer that in a "news" post in the near future. Thank you for holding us to that!

  • hlmcconnell

    This study was great :) LOVE the iPhone app!

  • Janessa Renee

    When I was writing my own timelines of highs and lows it was amazing to think back on all the time I could have died in my sin. Thank you Lord for pulling me out of the grave that I dug myself and bringing me into your love.
    So excited to get into this study!

  • Yay! Excited to go through these letters. Praying to really absorb and experience God’s truth.

  • This is my first SRT study, I’m excited to delve into the life of Peter. Looking forward to these mornings.

  • Looking forward to learning more about Peter and growing from this experience.

  • Kia Perry

    So excited to read these letters. I think mostly because he was just a regular person, like me. I can’t wait to immerse myself in his life and journey!

  • I am really looking forward to this study! You SRT ladies are amazing!

  • Savannah Wallace

    This is my first study with SRT and I’m SO excited!

    • ClaireB

      Savannah as I told Sally you are in for a life changing experience especially where your Bible study is concerned. Welcome

  • Already excited for this study!

  • Ellie S.

    I think I’m going to really enjoy this study. So often, I find myself terrified of the word “apostle” or “disciple”. I think about how I am so unworthy because of my faults and my doubts. I think Peter is an incredible example of how God takes us as we are, and molds us to how he is going to use us. I can’t wait to see what this study teaches.

  • Caroline

    Thank you for the insight to Peter and what a gift we get to enjoy and share from him. This makes my spirit sing knowing God can use me as he did the fisherman who loved Jesus.

  • Marti Pack

    I was so excited to wake up and know this study was starting today. I can’t wait to grow!

  • Looking at the timeline of Peter's life, I love how God used him and redeemed his missteps. Peter was human. He made mistakes. God still used him. I am human. I make mistakes. God still uses me. I mean Peter denied Jesus, and yet God chose Peter to be the rock on which His church would be built. How many times have I quickly swept my Bible off my desk at work when a coworker comes in or out of fear clammed up when the subject of church or God has come up in conversation (denial, just like Peter). But God redeems me and uses me and grows me. I am so thankful that I get to be a part of advancing His kingdom. I am so thankful that we all get to be a part of it and that He creates beauty from and uses our messiest moments to accomplish His purposes.

  • I don’t know if anyone else had this issue, but my booklet started with the second half of Day 1. :( But please know how thankful I am for SRT; I have a love for His Word again!

  • "In the letters of 1 & 2 Peter, we get to hear from someone with firsthand experience what it means to be an apostle, what it is like to be called and discipled by Jesus, to vow faithful yet prove fickle, to be used in the service of the Lord and growth of the Kingdom in spite of his flaws and tendencies to wander."

    Wow. I can't wait to dive into this study. How similar am I to Peter, who spoke faithfulness but lived fickleness? Convicted already and it's only day 1. Thanks, Amanda, for your insight.

  • Rhonda Elder

    I struggled with reading this since I was taught that Jesus was saying that “upon this rock” is reference to himself not Peter, so I went to a commentary, Matthew Henry. He says it so wells:

    When a city or society is incorporated, officers are appointed and empowered to act for the common good. A city without government is a chaos. Now this constituting of the government of the church, is here expressed by the delivering of the keys, and, with them, a power to bind and loose. This is not to be understood of any peculiar power that Peter was invested with, as if he were sole door-keeper of the kingdom of heaven, and had that key of David which belongs only to the Son of David; no, this invests all the apostles and their successors with a ministerial power to guide and govern the church of Christ, as it exists in particular congregations or churches, according to the rules of the gospel. Claves regni caelorum in B. Petro apostolo cuncti suscepimus sacerdotes—All we that are priests, received, in the person of the blessed apostle Peter, the keys of the kingdom of heaven; so Ambrose De Dignit. Sacerd. Only the keys were first put into Peter’s hand, because he was the first that opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, Acts. 10:28

    It is the power of the keys that is given, alluding to the custom of investing men with authority in such a place, by delivering to them the keys of the place.

    • Rebecca Coleman

      Great stuff!

    • Mimi

      I appreciate this explanation, thank you!

    • Betty Barnard.

      Excellent reply. Loved it thanks for digging!

    • Alesha Blessed

      Thanks for this! I also have always heard that Jesus was referring to Himself as well. And in the book of 1st Peter, Peter even refers to Jesus as the chief cornerstone of our faith. This was a really cool look at that section that I hadn’t heard before!

    • Carolyn

      Also…The Greek translated “Peter” means stone, always a stone and never a rock. It is used for a large stone, a piece or fragment of a rock such as a man might throw. It is the masculine of the feminine form which is here translated “rock,” which means a massive rock, a cliff. (Zodhiates)
      I look at the word “this” in verse 18 and I like to think it at least in one sense refers to Peter’s faith as he recognized Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” which Christ had just referred to. Nothing substantial to back this up, but I think it is consistent with Scripture

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks, Rhonda! There are various interpretations, and we added some text to the post to clarify this a bit. Thanks for digging in with us!

      • Rhonda Elder

        It was my pleasure as it made me study it further instead of relying on what I “thought” I love She Reads Truth as it has given me a fresh new love of the WORD.

        • shereadstruth

          It has done the same for us!! Praise be to God.

        • brooke

          Rhonda, you are awesome for staying so classy and kind as you posted some difference in opinion!! Bravo! :) God is working in and through us when we don't let our pride for what we think to take over. I love seeing believers interact with love….just wanted to say thanks!!

  • Wow. I don’t have words for how much I need this study, y’all.

  • This is awesome. Glory to God. Funny how lastnight as I read I called myself an ambassador for Christ and to wake up this morning hearing that I am an apostle, what a promotion. Glory to God. Proof that the Lord can take you from One place to the next overnight. I wrote about Peter being used mightily by God despite denying Him. Who else to build the church on but a Man who was with the creator of the church, who experienced all things with Him, can no one else encourage us but someone who has been through what we are and will go through. This is a reminder that just like Peter, despite our flaws and faults, God will use us as He does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

    Have a blessed day Sisters.
    Love Kimone.

  • I wish the scripture links were added so that I can get right to them. Does it cost more to have the link? I am so refreshed by this site. Sometimes I don’t go to the scriptures which is not good.

    • Rachel

      Hey girl, I would really recommend reading the scriptures beforehand to have a better understanding! You will be more connected to the devotion and to God. It’s a win-win. :)

      • Brea Nichole

        I agree 100%! And even underlining words or phrases that speak out to you as you read. Such an awesome study!

    • abbi

      If you are online I know if you click the scripture it takes you to a link for free. I just keep my bible with me and read out of there first then read the post. You really should read the word first. It is the inspiration for the posts. and I personally wouldnt understand it all if I hadnt read the word first.

    • dnmppolitico

      If you download the app and purchase the plan the scripture appear first in full, then the devotional, and then the comments.

  • sweetdes2014

    Thank you for this lesson. I pray that God will show Himself clear and true as we walk through the life of Peter.

  • Excited to see what this study holds. :)

  • Rachel Harden

    So excited about this study! Question? I have the 1 and 2 peter packet but I still use the app right for the word and devo?

  • Encouragement from someone who has been there – who DOESN’T need that! And who cant relate to Peter. So looking forward to this!

  • Excited for this study! Already off to a great start :)

  • Ready to start Peter 1 & 2. Amen.

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Wow. Blown away. I guess we can all relate to Peter.
    So ready to dig into this study!
    Great for all the insight from She Reads Truth.

    Have a blessed day!

  • Whoa, can up you even imagine the flushed face and overwhelming weight of Jesus' personal words to Peter! I want my savior to be well pleased with me when all is said and done, but to name me, to call me by a word that literally means "Rock". To point to me and say that His church will be established through me in such a profound way. I can't fully grasp what Peter must have felt in that. Looking forward to hearing from his personal walk with the Lord! ~ B

    • Hesaved83

      Thank you, Amie & Onfaith. Yes I’m aware Peter’s name means “rock” which he was a part of “The Rock-Christ Jesus” Jesus said upon this (Himself) I will build my church…not

    • Hesaved83

      This Rock (Himself). He didn’t say upon you Peter…

      • Betty Barnard.

        Exactly. Because Peter just said “You are the Messiah the Son of the Living God”. On THAT. Rock.

        • Onfaith

          I absolutely appreciate your thinking here. Jesus IS THE rock, I just read this portion differently than I did years ago. Thanks for your insight. ~ B

  • Soften our hearts, Father, as we hear from your servant, Peter.
    Come, Holy Spirit, as we seek to understand the Truth of your Word.
    Help us, Lord, to encounter You in the coming weeks and, with renewed conviction and assurance, introduce ourselves apostles of Jesus…..

    I am Tina, an ( intern ) apostle of Jesus….one still on the carpenters bench…being moulded and shaped by the Holy hand and Word of the Lord God Himself…..there is much still to learn…., much still to get right….,much still to do…,j But God…. God will lead me, guide me, convict me, and assure me, as I walk the narrow path He trusts me to walk….Soften my heart Lord God.., May your kingdom come, and Your will be done, Lord, as I stop to listen, and to hear the words from your servant Peter, deep deep in my soul….I am Tina…An apostle of Jesus….

    Looking forward to tomorrow…..

    See you all there, in the meantime, have a great and God truly Blessed day….x

    • Marti Pack

      I found myself personalizing this too! I desire to be close to Jesus and be who he proclaims me to be…not what I tell myself in my head and not what others may say. Life is Good and this is beautiful!

    • jane

      Love this! Thanks, just inspired me. Bless you xxx

    • Chelsie

      Tina,
      I love how you say, One still on the carpenter's bench. This is such a true and real picture of us all. Being molded right along side ya girl!

      Chelsie

  • Victoria Kay

    So excited for this study. Can't wait for my study pack to get here

  • Danielle

    So so excited about this! Day one and I’m already hooked! So excited to read more!

  • Only one day in, and super stoked. Peter feels so close to me, to us, to followers of Jesus as we struggle with faithfulness. And he was there!! He saw and lived these Amazing things- and still sometimes didn’t get it. Excited to lean into this study and listen to God, and fellow sisters.

  • Hesaved83

    Christ is The Rock (Cornerstone) that the church is built upon NOT Peter. Jesus was saying the church would be built upon Himself in accordance to Peter’s belief that Jesus IS the Messiah. I would also ask where in Scripture (The Holy Bible) does it say Peter was martyred? Thanks!

    • amie

      The most commonly accepted church tradition in regard to the death of an apostle is that the apostle Peter was crucified upside-down on an x-shaped cross in Rome in fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy (John 21:18).

      Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/apostles-die.html#ixz

      Bible Question: Where in the Bible does it state that Jesus told Peter that he would die a martyr's death?

      Bible Answer: Jesus told Peter that he would die a martyr's death in John 21.

      Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go. Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me!” (NASB) John 21:18-19

      Jesus predicted that Peter would die with his hands stretched out. What did Jesus mean? History provides the answer.

      When Nero heard of those things, and observed that not only in Rome, but in every other place, a great multitude revolted daily from the worship of idols, and, condemning their old ways, went over to the new religion, he, an execrable and pernicious tyrant, sprung forward to raze the heavenly temple and destroy the true faith. He it was who first persecuted the servants of God; he crucified Peter, and slew Paul:
      Lactantius, THE DIVINE INSTITUTES, chapter 2

      Peter was crucified as a martyr. We believe that Peter died in A.D. 64. He was probably 60-70 years old when he died.

      Conclusion: Peter served the Lord Jesus because he loved Him. That was Jesus' question. Do you love Me? Peter, do you love Me? Do you love Jesus? If so, serve Him!

      ONLINE RESOURCES: not my own words. Hope that helps.

      • Onfaith

        Awesome info, you were typing as I was. Thought it John. Thanks! ~ B

      • Hesaved83

        Amie, I don’t know what Lactantius Divine Institutes is but it isn’t The Holy Bible…yes I’m familiar with John 21:18-19. However, that doesn’t say Peter was martyred. His hand stretched out & carry away can mean several things…I’ll just remain silent on things that’s not written in the Bible.

        • Onfaith

          I don't want you to feel that you should remain silent. I think it's so good to question and encourage conversation about things, agreed upon and disagreed. I truly appreciate your perspective. It makes me stop to think, study further & digest. I think it hugely important to remain open to things that may be presented differently. I know there have been ideas that God wanted me to get, that my focus was in advert to what He wanted me to see, and it was only when I dialogued with others and studied different perspectives that God was able to change my approach to what He wanted me to see. Enjoy the day! ~ B

        • Brittsetfree

          John 21:19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. KJV hints that Peter did not die of natural causes but was in fact put to death which we have come to believe was by crucifixion

      • Valarie

        Yes, and the Greek form of the word is not masculine but feminine….so Jesus was using a play on words to show Peters faith as a rock and beginning point for the future church. If you look in Acts 2 Peter is the apostle for the Day of Pebtecost. His ministry is the cornerstone of the church and or the church age.

        These are great Bible studies and it is good to be aware of what anyone preaches or teaches when it come to the Bible. I hope this helps and perhaps a commentary would help you as well. These girls use a lot of Bible knowledge from reliable Bible scholars as well as fro their own teachings and studies. I have been doing these studies for a while now and these are SOUND and BIBLICAL. I hope this doesn’t discourage you from joining this community of believers.
        Have a blessed day!

      • Hesaved83

        1 Corinthians 3:11

      • ClaireB

        Great research, thanks for that!

      • Melissa

        Wouldn't he have been closer to 90. Assuming he was in his 30s when he was with Christ add 64 to that. I may be wrong I just always assumed he was much older

        • Jody

          I'm not sure about Peter, but the belief is that the John was around 16-20. The traditional date for Jesus' death was AD 33, but it could have been any time between AD 30-36. So if Peter died in AD 64 he would have been around 47-60 years of age.

    • Onfaith

      Morning! I completely appreciate your perspective. Christ IS our rock! It is so hard to believe that Christ, the Savior, the one in whom we are bride to, would claim another as the church's rock, I totally get it, but did you know that Peter's very name means "Rock", that Christ intentionally named him this, knowing that the church would come through Peter's work and testimony. Jesus has always been so profound in using others as instruments, Peter was no different. In addition, I don't remember the exact scripture, perhaps someone else does, but I believe it in John, that Peter's Martyrdom is referenced and his death is somewhat predicted by Christ. ~ B

    • Trina

      One of the more celebrated statements by Peter is his confession of Jesus as “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16 NRSV). In Matthew’s account, Jesus responds by saying it is “on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18 NRSV). The interpretation of this passage determines what Jesus intended to be the foundation of the Church. He is likely referring either to Peter himself or to his confession of Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God.

      Originally called Simon, he was later renamed Peter by Jesus (Mark 3:16), which means “rock” or “stone” (Aramaic, Kephas; Greek, Petros). The Bible also refers to him as Simeon (Acts 15:14), the “son of John” (John 1:42; 21:15–17) and “son of Jonah” (Matt 16:17).

      Peter alone receives a prophecy from Jesus regarding his future. The prophecy contrasts his present freedom with his forthcoming restriction and martyrdom (John 21:18). Jesus’ remark to the disciple that “you will stretch out your hands” (NRSV) probably reflects crucifixion. (FaithLife Study Bible)

      On this rock I will build My church: The words this rock have been the source of much controversy. It is best to see them as referring to either Jesus Himself (perhaps Jesus gesturing to Himself as He said this), or as referring to Peter’s confession of who Jesus is.

      i. Peter, by His own testimony, did not see himself as the rock on which the church was founded. He wrote that we are living stones, but Jesus is the cornerstone. We could say that Peter was the “first believer”; that he was the “first rock” among “many rocks.”

      ii. Peter said as much in 1 Peter 2:4-5: Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (According to David Guzik Matthew Study Guide)

    • shereadstruth

      Hi girls! We apologize if this was confusing and we've edited this portion of the post slightly to clarify. Thanks for the great conversation!

  • I hope my study pack gets here tomorrow! (I just wanted to be the first comment…)

    • Brea Nichole

      I’m waiting on mine too! So excited!

    • Alba

      Hi! I'm new here, what do you mean by your study pack?

      • Gina

        Alba, you can buy study packs to go along with each study and help you dig deeper. Look under the navigation and in the store. You don't need them to do the studies. I have used them a few times but the site/app is more than enough.

        • Alba

          Thank you for replying so soon. I'm so happy I found this group of incredible women.

          • shereadstruth

            We're so happy to have you, Alba!! (Also, i love your name. xo)

          • Alba

            Thank you!! You have no idea how much this means to me. I've been walking around, for a long time now, with a dark cloud over my head. I feel like I've been rescued and there is light breaking through the dark.

    • Britney

      Mine came today… I just haven't put down. I am so grateful! ! I just know you will love yours too!

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