The following music suggestions came from Noble Road Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, OH. This post has been updated by Wormy the Rotation Editor.
While you may want to choose other music, including from some new artists, we have maintained this lesson as an EXAMPLE of how you can intersperse MUSIC with scripture and reflection questions. Some great music recommendations here.
Google the titles to hear them online. Print the lyrics from online as well.
Copyright Note: Using copyright music for the purposes of "face to face teaching" is considered "fair use" by US and Canadian copyright laws. You may copy a song from a source for teaching purposes. You may not, however, distribute or use that music in a "public performance" setting such as worship. Teaching only.
1. Peter is called (Mt. 4:18-20)
Did Peter hesitate? Do you feel called and do you hesitate?
Song: "I Want to Follow" Cheri
2. Jesus Sends the 12, including Peter (Mt. 10: 5-25)
What does Jesus promise in return? Does that sound like it's "worth it?" Peter agreed to answer "the call" (like Samuel)
Song: "Here I am Lord" The Vard Sisters
(Or the familiar hymn by the same name)
3. Peter Denies Jesus
Peter loved Jesus and tried to do what He wanted, but sometimes Peter failed -- a famous time is when he denied knowing Jesus (Mt. 26:69-75)
How do you feel when you fail to do what you know Jesus would want? Does God still love you?
Song: "I have been unfaithful. . . but never been unloved" Michael W. Smith (GREAT SONG)
4. Not only did Jesus still love Peter -- He forgave him and gave him a second chance to "make it right" (John 21:15-19)
Wouldn't that make you feel good -- maybe like a prisoner set free?
Song: "Free" Steven Curtis Chapman
5. After Jesus died, Peter proclaimed that Jesus was the fulfillment of scripture (Acts 1:15-17)
Peter continued to spread Jesus' message of God's love and became the head of the church. Often in the Bible, spreading Jesus' word is said to be like shining a light.
Song: "Shine, Jesus Shine"
6. Vision of the Animals on the Blanket (Acts 10: 34-35)
Eventually Peter preached not just to the Jews but also to the Gentiles. After the vision of the unclean creatures lowered on a sheet, God assured him the unclean was made clean. Does this idea of inclusivity sound like our church?
Song: "Lord of All"
7. Peter is freed from Prison
All this preaching got Peter in trouble just like Jesus said it would. There is a lovely story of angels freeing Peter from prison. (Acts 12:1-11)
Do you ever feel angels are watching over you?
Song: "Angels" Amy Grant