Share with your family what you read in the “There’s More to Your Story” reading.
Peter, a fisherman called by Jesus to be a disciple, had strong love for his friends, protected others, and had enough faith to walk on water. But he was also hasty, quick-tempered, and he denied knowing Jesus three times.
Peter made some mistakes. But Jesus always forgave him, and Peter went on to tell others about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Many people asked Jesus to be their Savior because of Peter’s faithfulness. His Easter story shows us that even when we mess up, it never changes Jesus’ love for us.
Matthew 4:19, Matthew 14:28-29, John 21:15-17
Like Peter, we make good and bad choices, but God is writing a BIGGER story for our lives. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He told Peter, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:17b). God wasn’t done with Peter.
Our mistakes don’t hold us back from doing what God wants us to do — they show God’s great story of love and forgiveness.
- Share about a time when you made a mistake. How did this make you feel?
- How does it encourage you to know Jesus will still love and forgive you when you make mistakes?
Jesus told Peter “feed my sheep” because He wanted Peter to take care of people and tell them about Jesus. Jesus was giving Peter a very important job even though Peter had made mistakes — and we can do the same thing! We can “feed Jesus’ sheep” by inviting others to church.
In your Bible, find John 3:16. Write that verse down on a notecard and give it to a neighbor, friend, or relative, and tell them what Jesus did for you and them. Invite them to join you for church on Easter Sunday!