Bible Passage: John 21:1-19
Memory Verse: Matthew 4:19
Bible Truth
Peter had sinned, but Jesus loved and forgave him.

Lesson Introduction:
Today our story happens right along the Sea of Tiberias, so this image shows us the area where Jesus and His disciples could have been having the exact conversation that we’re going to hear about today. As we listen, let’s imagine that we are also along the Sea of Tiberias, seeing and hearing exactly what Jesus and His disciples were talking about.

Watch Joel’s video, and then continue below!

Discuss these questions together as a family:

Who did we visit in today’s video?
What happened when Joel first tried to make something?
Who helped him fix it?
Do we ever mess up like Peter?
Does God forgive us when we ask Him to?

Read John 21:1-19 together as a family. If you have younger children who are struggling to pay attention or understand, try telling the Bible story in your own words.

Talk about the following together as a family: Do you think Jesus actually had some pet sheep running around that He needed Peter’s help in feeding? Of course not! Jesus used the word sheep to describe His followers. Jesus was helping Peter understand that since he loved Jesus, he should show it by the way he served others. What are some ways that you serve others?

Peter had denied Jesus three times before the crucifixion. Think about that. Peter lied three times about whether he knew Jesus, but now Jesus asked Peter three times if Peter loved Him. Why do you think Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him? (Since Peter had denied Jesus three times, He was giving Peter a chance to respond in love three times.) Peter, like all people, had sinned, but Jesus still had a plan for Peter and still wanted to use him to do great things.

Use these questions for more Bible study together as a family!

  1. Where were the disciples fishing when Jesus appeared on the shore? (Sea of Tiberias/Galilee, John 21:1)
  2. When Jesus told the disciples to cast their net on the right side of the boat, who knew that it was Jesus who was talking to them? (No one, John 21:4)
  3. How many fish did the disciples catch after they did what Jesus said? (153, John 21:11)
  4. After they ate, what did Jesus ask Peter? (“Do you love Me more than these?” John 21:15
  5. When Peter responded “yes,” what did Jesus tell him he should do? (Feed my lambs/take care of my sheep, John 21:15-17)
  6. How many times did Jesus ask Peter the same question? (3 times, John 21:15-17)

Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story about how Jesus appeared to Peter.


Focus in on these Bible Story Nuggets as you are telling the story:

Jesus saw His friends fishing.
Jesus cooked breakfast for His friends.
The friends were happy to see Jesus.


  1. If you have ever been on a fishing boat talk about what it was like. Ask how it would have been different with the disciples?
  2. Did the disciples catch any fish at first?
  3. What did Jesus tell them to do with their nets?
  4. What did Jesus cook for His friends for breakfast?
  5. What did Jesus ask Peter?”