THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: STRUGGLING FAITH
Adult/Young Adult Topic: Supreme Fail!
Printed Text: Mark 14:26-31,66-72
Key Verse: Mark 14:30 (NIV)
“I tell you the truth, “Jesus answered, “today-yes, tonight-before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People often overestimate their ability to remain loyal to a cause and bear witness to it. What happens when they discover they cannot do something they truly believed they could do? Peter was convinced of his faith, but he grieved mightily when he understood that his failure to stand up publicly as a follower of Jesus Christ was evidence of the weakness of his faith.
There are times when we all make commitments to do certain things or support certain causes, or even to love and cherish someone until death parts us—but then life happens, and circumstances come along that cause us to rethink and realign our commitments. We may have meant to be strong, but when we thought about the consequences, the price was more than we were willing to pray.
Most likely, Peter was afraid. Fear can cripple the strongest of men or women, leaving them emotionally and psychologically paralyzed. Over the course of a few hours, Peter saw his whole world shattered by a chain of events that he never imagined. Jesus was betrayed by one of His close friends. He was arrested, tried and convicted on false charges. Then Jesus was brutally beaten and crucified on a Roman cross. All these things occurred in the span of a few hours. Only when he was filled with the Holy Spirit did Peter have the kind of courage and boldness about which Jesus had spoken.
Heavenly Father, may we never be guilty of disowning You. Grant Your servants the courage of Your truth and the strength to persevere in the midst of every trial. May we be the instruments through which other believers are encouraged. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.