Matthew 16:21-28 Sunday School Lesson: Jesus Rebukes Peter and Says Take Up Your Cross

Following Jesus takes sacrifice but the rewards are worth it. That’s the lesson Peter learned after Jesus rebuked him in Matthew 16:21-28. Use these free Sunday School lessons to teach kids this powerful Bible story. The downloads below include everything you need to plan and teach your class.

Our links below all lead directly to PDF downloads unless otherwise noted. Enjoy this free curriculum in your Sunday School this Sunday, August 30, 2020.

Sunday School Lessons on Matthew 16:21-28


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Worth the Cost: Object Lesson on Following Jesus

Following Jesus isn’t always easy, but kids need to know it’s worth the cost. Use this children’s sermon and object lesson to teach Matthew 16:21-28 to children.


Coloring Page: How Do I Follow Jesus

This is the final page in our series of Gospel Coloring Sheets for children. It teaches kids how they can respond to the truth about King Jesus.

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Bible Verses/story to Reference: Matthew 16:21-28

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[f] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” –Matthew 16:21-28

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