The Great Confession


Welcome to the course material on the topic 'The Great Confession' which focuses on a significant event in the life of Jesus as documented in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). The Great Confession refers to Peter's acknowledgment of Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the living God, and holds profound theological implications in Christian belief.

The primary objective of this course material is to provide a detailed analysis of the confession by Peter, examining the occasion that led to this momentous declaration, and delving into the significance of the Great Confession within the Christian faith.

In the Synoptic Gospels, specifically in Matthew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27-30, and Luke 9:18-22, we encounter the pivotal scene where Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do you say I am?" Peter responds, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." This confession serves as a turning point in the disciples' understanding of Jesus' identity and mission.

One of the key subtopics to be explored in this course material is the analysis of Peter's confession. Students will delve into the context surrounding Peter's declaration, his role among the disciples, and the implications of his acknowledgment of Jesus as the Messiah.

Furthermore, we will critically examine the occasion that led to the Great Confession. By studying the interactions between Jesus and his disciples, particularly the events leading up to Peter's declaration, we aim to provide insights into the significance of timing and context in shaping profound moments of faith.

The significance of the Great Confession cannot be understated. By acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah, Peter affirms the divinity and salvific role of Christ in Christian theology. Students will engage with theological reflections on the implications of Peter's confession for understanding Jesus' mission and the establishment of the Church.

Through a comprehensive analysis of the Great Confession across the four Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, this course material seeks to deepen students' understanding of the foundational beliefs of Christianity, the dynamics of discipleship, and the enduring significance of Peter's pivotal declaration.

As we journey through the rich narratives and theological insights of the Gospels, we invite you to explore the depths of Peter's confession, unravel its profound implications, and reflect on the enduring relevance of this momentous event in shaping Christian belief and practice.


  1. Examine the Significance of the Great Confession
  2. Identify the Occasion of the Great Confession
  3. Analyse the Confession by Peter

Lesson Note

The Great Confession is a pivotal moment in the New Testament where Simon Peter declares Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. This confession marks a cornerstone in Christian theology and is carefully documented in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Understanding this confession involves examining its significance, the occasion of its occurrence, and analyzing Peter's statement.

Lesson Evaluation

Congratulations on completing the lesson on The Great Confession. Now that youve explored the key concepts and ideas, its time to put your knowledge to the test. This section offers a variety of practice questions designed to reinforce your understanding and help you gauge your grasp of the material.

You will encounter a mix of question types, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and essay questions. Each question is thoughtfully crafted to assess different aspects of your knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Use this evaluation section as an opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the topic and to identify any areas where you may need additional study. Don't be discouraged by any challenges you encounter; instead, view them as opportunities for growth and improvement.

  1. Who made the Great Confession about Jesus being the Messiah? A. John the Baptist B. James C. Peter D. Andrew Answer: C. Peter

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Past Questions

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Where did Peter make the "Great Confession"?

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