Join Sherree G. Funk, author of the guided teen study book, Peter: Rock Star from Galilee (WinePress Publishing, July 5, 2011) as she virtually tours the blogosphere in August on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.
About Peter: Rock Star from Galilee
If the New Testament were a Broadway musical, Peter would be one of the stars. He lived life loud, while making his best effort to be one of the best disciples. Peter was like a modern day rock star, but his struggles were just like ours. If Jesus could shape Peter into a solid rock of a disciple, he can surely do the same for you.
From his first call to follow, Peter was acutely aware of his own sinfulness. He wanted Jesus to go away, but ended up following. What makes people push Jesus away today? What makes them decide to follow? These are the kinds of “chew on this” questions you’ll find in Week One of Peter: Rock Star from Galilee.
Music always speaks to a deep place in the heart. Let music accompany your Bible study. Peter: Rock Star from Galilee will guide you through the ups and downs of Peter’s life story with a playlist of songs and hymns paralleling each chapter. To better understand the feelings, Peter had after denying Jesus three times, listen to Josh Wilson’s “Before the Morning.” Feel the love Christ had for all people even as he died by listening to the lyrics of “Amazing Love” by Chris Tomlin. By the end of the eight-week study, you will create your own playlist of at least eight songs to bring back all you learned about Peter.
This eight-week study includes:
• Interactive questions for personal study and “chew on this” questions for small group discussion
• Photographs, maps, and informative sidebars for historical and geographical context
• Hands-on mission activities and discipleship challenges to encourage teens’ growing faith
Read an Excerpt!
If the New Testament were a Broadway musical, Peter would be one of the stars. The superstar was Jesus Christ, but Peter would be a rock star. Peter attracted attention by doing outrageous things; he was a “sinful man” by his own admission. Emotional, impetuous, and edgy, Peter spiced up the stories of Jesus. He thought he could be the best disciple, but even his best intentions led to miserable failure. Then following the resurrection, after a special beach breakfast with Jesus, Peter’s career took off. He performed miracles, drew crowds, preached to thousands, got busted by the Pharisees, and broke down the Jew-Gentile barrier. And he did it all for the sake of Jesus. From a rickety fishing boat on Lake Galilee, to the grand courts of Herod’s Temple, to the villages of Joppa and Caesarea, Peter rocked the world around him. We love Peter as much for his fears and failures as for the times he got it right. If impulsive Peter could become a rock-solid disciple, maybe there is hope for us too. Join me as we explore Peter’s bumpy road to stardom in light of his tight friendship with the God-man, Jesus.
Each week of the Bible study begins with a list of songs whose lyrics pertain to the week’s study. Listen to them if you can. Five days of guided study follow. It works best if you answer the questions on your own before gathering weekly with your small group. And each week ends with a set of discussion questions for your group. Pray that God will speak to you personally as you study.
Before you begin, take time to get to know the others in your study group. Write everyone’s name on the blank page opposite and jot down whatever short prayer each person requests.
Q: Do you write on a computer or with pen/pencil and paper?
I am old-school first, high-tech second. I love to sit with pen and notebook in a corner of my busy local coffee shop for my first drafts. If things really get rolling, my writing becomes illegible. This gets interesting when I go to type it on my macbook. Once the manuscript is typed, my editing is all on the computer. I do write shorter pieces and blogs directly on the computer. I’m so thankful for the easy editing and formatting. Imagine how hard it was in past years to get a book finalized and in print!
Q: Do you work from an outline?
For my Bible studies, yes. I outline the eight or so chapters and what will be emphasized in each one. Then I begin and let the spirit guide me within each chapter.
Q: Biggest Career Surprise
The biggest surprise to me is just how much there is to learn about the publishing industry and book marketing. I have come a long way in the past four years, but there is always something new in this rapidly changing business. I just learned what a QR code is. I plan to lead a facebook bible study this fall.
Q: What’s next for you?
I am currently working on my next teen Bible study. This one will be about Hannah, the mother of Samuel in the Old Testament. Hannah experienced severe bullying, and many young teens will relate to her for that reason. Hannah’s faithfulness and kindness make her a beautiful role model for young people.
Q: Who is your favorite author, and why?
There are too many to name. I read all the time. I love Wallace Stegner, David McCullough, Peter Mahle, Shauna Niequist, Beth Moore, John Ortberg, and plenty of others. I love novelists who create very real characters and I love historians who weave real characters into a suspense-filled narrative.
Q: What are a few of your favorite genres and why?
I love a good novel that saddens me when I near the end, not because the ending is tragic, but because I don’t want to leave the characters. I enjoy well-researched biographies and historical pieces as well. Eric Metaxas’ excellent biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer was gripping. I read it in a few days.
And the Bible is absolutely the most amazing book on the planet. It has everything – history, poetry, humor, great characters both godly and villainous – and the ability to meet any reader at any time in history with a fresh, relevant insight.
Q: Who or what was your greatest influence that made you want to be a writer/author?
I think it was a combination of my mother who was a junior high teacher, and Beth Moore, a writer of excellent Bible studies. I got my love of middle school kids from my mom. And I got my love of Bible study books from Beth Moore. I never wanted to be just a writer. Well, maybe I had some romantic ideas about the writing life, but I figured it was never within reach. I do love to teach people about God’s Word. So when I discovered that my passion intersected with a real need for engaging study materials for teens, I accepted the calling and started writing. I would say I am a teacher who writes.
About Sherree G. Funk
Well-grounded in biblical Christianity, Sherree G. Funk is passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of God’s Word with the next generation. She has earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and holds a Certificate in Christian Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. Sherree leads small groups of teens at Ingomar UMC. Peter: Rock Star from Galilee is her latest release. Her other teen Bible studies are available at http://www.servingonelord.com