In this “God Is …” volume of Zip for Kids™, the Bible content introduces kids to five of God’s amazing attributes. Each attribute can be taught using an Old Testament Bible story or a New Testament Bible story. In some cases, you may choose to use both! Let’s take a look at the New Testament content featuring stories about Peter and his relationship with Jesus.
Bible Study 1: God Is Loving – His Love Is Unconditional.
Jesus Restored Peter (Matthew 26:69-75; John 21:1-17)
Peter was confident he could follow Jesus no matter what happened, but when put to the test, Peter denied Jesus three times. However, God had a plan for Peter. After His resurrection, Jesus had a conversation with Peter that reaffirmed their relationship and Peter’s purpose. Kids can learn that God loves them no matter what and wants to have a relationship with them.
Bible Study 2: God Is Eternal – He Has a Plan
Jesus Chose Peter (Luke 5:1-11)
Jesus knew God’s special plan for Peter. Peter saw himself as a fisherman, but Jesus knew that soon Peter would be a fisher of men. Peter would tell others about Jesus and His gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Kids can learn that God has a plan for them and He will help them do whatever He has planned for them to do.
Bible Study 3: God Is Omnipresent – His Presence Is Everywhere
Jesus Helped Peter (Matthew 14:22-33)
Jesus taught the disciples many things to help them know about God. One night as the disciples were trying to cross the Sea of Galilee in a boat, the wind and waves beat against the boat. Jesus walked on the water towards the boat. Peter wanted to do the same thing! Jesus told Peter to come. Peter took a few steps, but when he began to notice the waves, he started to sink. Jesus grabbed hold of Peter and helped him back into the boat. The disciples thought they were alone, but Jesus was soon right there with them. Kids can learn that God’s presence is always with them even when they feel alone.
Bible Study 4: God Is Faithful – He Always Keeps His Promises
Jesus’ Promise to His Disciples (John 14:23-31; Acts 1:8; 2:1-41)
Jesus knew that He would soon return to heaven. He promised to send the Holy Spirit who would help them do all the things God had planned for them to do. Jesus kept His promise. The Holy Spirit is still with us today. Kids can learn that God always keeps His promises. They can believe what He says.
Bible Study 5: God Is Trustworthy – He Never Fails
Peter Trusted God (Acts 12:1-17)
Peter was preaching and telling many people about Jesus. King Herod had Peter arrested and planned to have him executed. A group of believers met at a home and were praying through the night. Peter trusted God no matter the outcome. An angel miraculously rescued Peter from the prison. The group of believers could hardly believe their eyes when Peter arrived at their house. Kids can learn that God never fails and that they can put their faith and trust in Him.