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“But lo there breaks a yet more glorious day; "From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast, The saints triumphant rise in bright array; Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, The King of glory passes on His way.
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Alleluia !' “ Blessed are those that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst co And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
LESSON XIII (26). — March 28.
REVIEW: THE LIFE WORK OF PETER AND JOHN.
SELECTION FOR READING: Rev. 21 : 21–22:5.
GOLDEN TEXT. — Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you : and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. — Matt. 28: 19, 20.
Additional Material for Teachers : John 1:42 ; 21:15-24 ;
1 Pet. 1:3; 1 John 1:1-4. Primary Topic : Two STORIES ABOUT PETER.
Lesson Material : Acts 3:1-16; 12: 1-17.
Memory Verse : Lo, I am with you always. Matt. 28 : 20. Junior Topic : PETER AND JOHN WINNING OTHERS TO CHRIST.
Lesson Material : Lessons of the Quarter.
Memory Verses : Acts 4 : 12 ; 1 John 1 : 9. Intermediate and Senior Topic : PETER AND JOHN COMPARED AND CONTRASTED. Topic for Young People and Adults : THE CONTRIBUTION OF PETER AND JOHN TO
The Life Story of Peter and John falls into two distinct sections ; as in truth does the life story of all Christian Workers, then and now.
Part First includes the years of their training; their home life and influences ; their schools and schoolmasters ; and their special training in the School of Christ during His life on this earth.
This part of their life was the subject of our study during the first half of this course, in the last Quarter of 1919.
Part Second is the story of their work for the Master ; the use they made of their training ; their successes and failures ; and what they really have done for the world.
Part First : The Training of Peter and John: their lives until the Ascension of their Master, Jesus Christ.
We will take up this section of the story very briefly, as we made a careful study of it three months ago.
1. Simon and John were brought up as fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. Their home was originally at Bethsaida at the head of the lake ; later they lived in Capernaum. They had the common education of the Jewish youths of that time.
2. They were brought up together as friends and comrades ; later they became partners in the fishing business. Peter was the older of the two, perhaps the oldest of the Twelve Apostles ; John may have been the youngest of the Twelve.
3. They became converts of John the Baptist, and were baptized in the Jordan ; and were looking for the Messiah.
4. They were two of the first four of Jesus' disciples.
5. Simon was renamed Peter, the Rock-man, by Jesus ; and in due time he became what his name implied.
6. John was “the disciple whom Jesus loved"; the closest human friend of the Man Christ Jesus.
7. John is called “the Apostle of Love," but that does not imply any weakness of character. Witness the name given to him by Christ (Mark 10:37), “ Boanerges,' son of thunder,” because of his burning and impetuous spirit.
8. They were, like all Jesus' disciples, specimens of the ordinary men of their time. Jesus, in selecting the Twelve, did not choose men of a single noble type, but men of a great variety of qualities; he gathered into his first church just such people as fill his churches to-day: Here is the encouragement for his followers now.
9. Peter and John, and James the brother of John, were the three highest students in the School of Christ. It was Peter who, when the twelve apostles were asked their opinion of Jesus,—“Who say ye that I am ?” -- answered first of all, — “ The Christ of God."
It was Peter, James, and John who went with Jesus into the presence of death, when He raised the daughter of Jairus ; who went with Him up the Mount of Transfiguration, and saw His glory ; who were taken as the inmost guard in the Garden of Sorrow, when even they failed Him, and slept while He was in His agony.
10. Peter and John followed the example of the rest of the apostles in forsaking Jesus and fleeing, when the soldiers arrested their Master in the Garden. But, again, they are the only ones mentioned as turning back and following Him, “afar off.''
11. Peter thrice denied his Master during the hours of the Jewish trial. he went out and wept bitterly," in deep repentance for his failure.
12. John stood at the cross during the sad hours when Jesus suffered there ; to him Jesus confided his mother; and John took her at once to his own home.
13. On the resurrection morn Jesus appeared to Peter alone. No one ever knew what was said at that first meeting ; but its influence must have remained with Peter until his death.
14. At the meeting of Jesus with seven of his disciples at the Sea of Galilee Peter was openly restored to full forgiveness and full fellowship with the other apostles : three times he was lovingly asked, Simon, dost thou love me ? and three times he answered, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. And three times was he told to minister to Christ's followers.
15. After Peter's restoration and forgiveness Jesus foretold his death for the sake of the Gospel he was to preach. He asked for light on the fate of his friend John, and Jesus said : “ If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee ?”. So the opinion spread that John was to live until the second appearance of Jesus in glory. Yet, as John himself notes, that was not Jesus' statement. However John did much outlive Peter, and survived even the destruction of Jerusalem, which was one beginning of the era of the coming of the Lord.
PART SECOND : THE LIFE-WORK OF PETER AND JOHN : From
Pentecost to Patmos.
(The lessons of the Quarter just past.)
I. THE STORY OF PENTECOST.
The waiting of the disciples for the Promise of the Father.
The First Christian Church.
II. A MIRACLE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES.
Peter and John on their way to the temple: when? why?
III. THE BOLDNESS OF PETER AND JOHN.
The trial before the rulers: for what reason?
The Church Beautiful and Bountiful.
IV. THE DANGER WITHIN THE CHURCH.
The generosity of Barnabas.
V. THE BEGINNINGS IN SAMARIA.
The appointment of the seven “deacons": why? who?
VI. PETER AT LYDDA AND JOPPA.
The tour of the country: why?
VII. CORNELIUS THE ROMAN CENTURION.
Roman centurions: their position and influence.
The First Fruits of the Gentiles.
VIII. THE WONDERFUL DELIVERANCE OF PETER.
Herod the King.
IX. THE WRITINGS OF PETER.
What are they? where written? to whom?
X. THE WRITINGS OF John.
John's letters: to whom? when and where written?
XI. THE VISIONS OF JOHN.
Where? for whom written? at what time written?
XII. THE GLORY OF THE REDEEMED IN HEAVEN.
Who are the redeemed? from what redeemed?
Peter and John Compared and Contrasted. From the lessons of this Quarter, and the last Quarter of 1919, make two lists, one of the qualities you have seen in Peter ; one of those seen in John.
Their characters are widely apart; yet with many marked similarities. They are both devoted to Jesus ; both leaders in the church ; both impulsive ; both full of courage ; both foreign missionaries, — but Home missionaries first.
A comparison of this sort will be a good exercise for the class'; there is not room enough here to make a full comparison, even if it were not better for the scholars to study out their own.
The Contribution of Peter and John to Christian History was great. Were the first twelve chapters of the Acts eliminated we would lose much of importance to the understanding of the remainder of the history. Peter's great change from the coward who denied even an acquaintance with his Master to the bold preacher before the great council, though himself not a learned man, or experienced in the courts,
shows us as nothing else could the power of the Holy Spirit, and throws great light on the courage of later martyrs for Christ ; and encourages us in our times of discouragement at our own failings and failures.
Peter, with Paul, is supposed to have founded the church at Rome which from its foundation has exercised a great influence on the religious life of the world.
The Gospel of John contains what is to us the greatest part of the teachings of Jesus which come close to our hearts. His chapters o'n Christian Love in his first Epistle are as much classics as Paul's wonderful chapter on Love. John gave us that “greatest sentence in the literature of the world, the sentence which is in the mouths of our youngest children, when they first begin to learn of Jesus, “ God is Love." John, too, is he who has given us, of all the writers in the Bible, the clearest and grandest idea of our future, - of the wonderful things which Jesus has gone to prepare for us in his Father's house, of which “ the half has never been told.”
ISRAEL RULED BY JUDGES. — Judges 2:6–23.
PRINT Judges 2:6-16.
GOLDEN TEXT. — When in their distress they turned unto Jehovah, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. — 2 CHRON. 15:4.
Devotional Reading : Psalm 2.
Lesson Material : Josh. 24 : 1, 13-16, 25-29 ; Judges 2 : 11-13, 16 ; 3:9-11.
Memory Verse : He careth for you. 1 Pet. 5:7. Junior Topic : GOD RULING ISRAEL THROUGH JUDGES.
Lesson Material : Judges 2 :6–16.
Memory Verse: Judges 2 : 16. Intermediate and Senior Topic : A Nation SAVED BY PATRIOTIC LEADERS. Topic for Young People and Adults : GoD WORKING THROUGH NATIONAL LEADERS.
Additional Material : Same as for Teachers.
THE TEACHER AND HIS CLASS. location of the heathen tribes surround
ing the Israelites. Show how Palestine Primary and Junior Classes. — Make was in the centre between Egypt, Assyria, the boys and girls see that the Israelites Greece, and Rome. It has thus been a were in trouble because of their sins. great battlefield for the nations. Speak Show them how greatly they needed especially of the termination of these God's help and how that help was sent long series of struggles in the conquest them. Apply the lesson to the children's of Palestine by General Allenby in the own forgetfulness of God. Who is it that Great War. God sends as he sent the judges to Israel ? Young People and Adults. — Make Our teachers, parents, friends, pastor, this a study of true patriotism. Assign sometimes even the police !
to some member of the class the task of Intermediate and Senior Classes. bringing in a list of men in our own naMake this a map study. Point out the tional history who have played the part