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  • A Tragic End for Judas Devotional

    Matthew 27:1–10

    Matthew Henry comments, “Some have said, that Judas sinned more in despairing of the mercy of God, than in betraying his Master’s blood.” Neither Judas’ betrayal nor his suicide is the unforgiveable sin, only his refusal to seek the grace of Christ. Peter and Judas both committed heinous transgressions, but Peter found restoration when he repented. Today let us repent of our sins and turn to Jesus, knowing that He offers pardon to all those who trust Him alone. View Resource

  • The Rock Fails His Master Devotional

    Matthew 26:69–75

    John Calvin says Peter’s rash vow to remain with the Lord (Matt. 26:33) and subsequent failure encourage us not to rely on our own weakness, but to earnestly rely on the Spirit. It is easy to say that we will never deny the Lord. But our flesh is weak, and we should not think ourselves strong apart from the strength He alone can give us. We have all denied Him in some way; let us therefore lean on His Spirit that we may never do so again. View Resource

  • Jesus Rebukes Peter Devotional

    Matthew 16:21–23

    Evangelicals often stress that Jesus has died for our sins, but it can be easy to forget that He was also raised for our sins. As we share the Gospel, let us remember to present the truth of the resurrection as well. John Calvin comments, “All ministers…who desire that their preaching may be profitable, ought to be exceedingly careful that the glory of his resurrection should be always exhibited by them in connection with the ignominy of his death.” View Resource

  • Peter, the Rock Devotional

    Matthew 16:13–20

    When we study Scripture, we should be careful not to let the excesses of opposing positions unduly influence our own applications of the text. All the teachings of those with whom we disagree may not necessarily be wrong, and we should strive to be faithful to God’s Word, not driven to make decisions that are contrary to what our opponents do just because we do not want in any way to look like them. Let us be true to Scripture no matter what others do. View Resource

  • Walking on Water Devotional

    Matthew 14:22–36

    As many commentators have said regarding this passage, Peter’s faith is much like ours, small and incomplete, a mixture of trust and doubt. Nevertheless, God does not wait for us to have perfect faith before He saves us. The mere presence of authentic trust is required, and periods of doubt say nothing about the legitimacy of our faith. No matter the fervor of your trust this day, know that Jesus is a Savior who rescues those who struggle with doubt. View Resource

  • Peter, Servant of Jesus Devotional

    2 Peter 1:1–2

    It is a good thing to be wary of doctrinal error. However, sometimes we mistake a concern for doctrinal purity with a desire to promote our own opinions regarding negotiable matters. As we prepare to study 2 Peter, pray that God would help you discern between the Gospel for which we must be willing to die and the things about which orthodox Christians may charitably disagree. If you have been contentious over minor matters, make amends with those you have offended. View Resource

  • Peter, Apostle of Christ Devotional

    1 Peter 1:1–2

    Harsh persecution for bearing the name of Christ is a reality in much of the world. Even in the West, Christians face discrimination and slander for confessing the name of Jesus. Think through some of the past or current persecution or discrimination that you have experienced for being a Christian. Ask the Lord to bless your study of 1 Peter so that you would know how to hold fast to your hope in the midst of an unbelieving and hostile world. View Resource

  • True Confidence in Christ Devotional

    Acts 4:1-22

    Arrogance is a false confidence based on your own ability. True confidence comes from faith in our omnipotent God. Peter was doubtless courteous but also consummately bold before the highest court among the Jews. These men had put Jesus to death; they could have easily put him to death. Ask God for Peter’s boldness. View Resource