Who is St. Peter?

The character of St. Peter is both inspiring and confounding to many of us. How could a stubborn and impulsive fisherman become the “rock” upon which Jesus would build his Church? Bringing together biblical accounts, historical evidence, Church teaching, classical art, and personal insights, Dr. Tim Gray gives a fresh perspective on Simon Peter that is immediately informative and relevant to our lives. After all, if Jesus could bring out the very best in someone like Peter, then there is hope for the rest of us.

In these ten stirring lectures, learn what happens when flawed humanity comes up against God made flesh.

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs or parish pricing, contact our parish programming specialist, Deacon Richard Harden at 877-458-1477 or at richard.harden@augustineinstitute.org

PRESENTER

PRESENTER

Dr. Tim Gray is a nationally renowned Bible scholar and Catholic speaker. As the President of the Augustine Institute, he has advanced the renewal of Catholic education through graduate studies in Scripture, Theology, and the New Evangelization. Dr. Gray’s guidance of the Augustine Institute has led to the creation of innovative video programs like the Lectio series of Bible studies, Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained, YDisciple, and Beloved. Dr. Gray is the author of Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina (Ascension Press), Mission of the Messiah (Emmaus Road), and The Temple in the Gospel of Mark (Baker Academic), and many other works.

Dr. Tim Gray is a nationally renowned Bible scholar and Catholic speaker. As the President of the Augustine Institute, he has advanced the renewal of Catholic education through graduate studies in Scripture, Theology, and the New Evangelization. Dr. Gray’s guidance of the Augustine Institute has led to the creation of innovative video programs like the Lectio series of Bible studies, Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained, YDisciple, and Beloved. Dr. Gray is the author of Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina (Ascension Press), Mission of the Messiah (Emmaus Road), and The Temple in the Gospel of Mark (Baker Academic), and many other works.

PROGRAM

PROGRAM

Session 1: Put Out into the Deep

The story of St. Peter begins with an ordinary act of trust, which changes the course of Peter’s life. By deciding to follow Jesus Christ, an unknown fisherman becomes a key player in God’s plan of salvation for humanity. (Run time 45:31)

Session 2: Capernaum

Dr. Tim Gray takes a closer look at the town of Capernaum and Galilee, where Peter worked and lived. We’ll discover the significance of that geographical area to Jesus’s teaching and works, especially in light of the words of the prophet Isaiah.  (Run time 46:09)

Session 3: Faith Not Fear

Dr. Tim Gray looks at four stories in Matthew’s Gospel that highlight the conflict between faith and fear. In each of these incidents, Jesus upbraids and challenges Peter, and the Apostles, with the words, “Oh men of little faith!”, pushing them to grow in faith and trust of him and of their heavenly Father. (Run time 32:45)

Session 4: Peter the Rock

Jesus takes his Apostles to the northernmost area of the Holy Land, to the town of Caesarea Philippi, and asks them a question that will redirect their lives as his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter’s response, and Jesus’s ensuing words to Peter, will reveal the identities and missions of both men. (Run time 48:42)

Session 5: Peter and the Keys

What are the “keys of the kingdom” and why are they so important to understanding Peter’s role in the Church? Dr. Tim Gray takes us back to the Old Testament and the significance of the imagery the keys had to the office of the prime minister in the kingdom of King David. From there we can see how Jesus was restoring and perfecting both the kingdom and its offices in his Church. (Run time 46:34)

Session 6: In the Shadow of the Galilean

Dr. Tim Gray takes us on a journey with Peter from Galilee to Jerusalem. On the way, we’ll see firsthand the inseparable relationship between the King and the Kingdom, and how Peter acts as a bridge between the two. (Run time 47:00)

Session 7: Discipleship at a Distance

What’s the difference between following Jesus closely and following from a distance? In this study, we’ll see how Peter discovers the answer to that question in a terribly painful way. The “rock,” the “prime minister,” the man to whom the future Church has been entrusted is tested—and we learn from his experience what it truly means to follow Christ and to seek forgiveness. (Run time 41:43)

Session 8: Peter and Pentecost

It was a remarkable turn of events. Peter, who had denied knowing Christ in a moment of fear, is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Suddenly the fisherman who had stumbled along behind Jesus for three years is the head of the Apostles, preaching to everyone who will listen with a boldness that will characterize the rest of his life and ministry. How can such a transformation happen—for him and for us? (Run time 46:38)

Session 9: Peter bar Jonah

Few people know nor remember a man named Cornelius, though he plays a significant role in the life of Peter and of Church history. In this session, Dr. Tim Gray shows us how the life of Cornelius intersects with Peter’s and redirects the New Covenant in a remarkable way. Crossing traditional lines that separate people and cultures, Peter points the Church to an all-encompassing love—and sets the stage for the work of the Apostle Paul. (Run time 50:27)

Session 10: “Quo Vadis?”

Dr. Gray discusses the importance of early Christian tradition in understanding our Catholic story, the cost of discipleship, and the role of Peter as shepherd and prophet. How can we use this knowledge of the early Church to regain our own story? (Run time 49:06)

PRODUCTS

PRODUCTS

Leader Kit

This leader kit includes everything a leader would need to present Lectio: Peter to a group, whether in a parish or at home. It includes all ten episodes of Peter: Cornerstone of Catholicism on five DVDs, plus a comprehensive Leader’s Guide (which includes the Study Guide content).

Price: $124.95

Participant Kit

Be sure to get the full experience of Lectio: Peter with this special kit that includes the DVD set (ten episodes on five DVDs) and the corresponding Study Guide.

Price: $119.95

Engaging Video Segments

This 10-session series comes to life on video through the insights of renown theologian Dr. Tim Gray with the masterful artistry of the award-winning Augustine Institute Studios. Filmed with a studio audience, Dr. Gray gives a fresh perspective on the life and work of the man to whom Jesus entrusted his Church.

Price: $99.95

Leader’s Resource Guide

The Lectio Peter: Cornerstone of Catholicism Leader’s Resource Guide presents practical help to make the most of adult faith formation in any size study group. Easy to use, with step-by-step instructions, you’ll have the tools you need to bring the richness of the Bible, Church Tradition and History to life through:

  • complete Study Guide content to follow along with your participants
  • a leader overview for each session
  • suggested answers for discussion questions and reflections
  • guidelines on how to lead a small group study
  • practical tips for including lectio divina in your daily prayer life
  • insights for understanding Sacred Scripture and Tradition
  • detailed introductions, prayers, and ice-breakers for your group
  • background texts to go deeper into the study

Price: $34.95

Study Guide

Engaging and accessible for everyone from a first-time Bible study participant to a Lectio veteran, the Lectio Peter: Cornerstone of Catholicism Study Guide enables you to personalize the study for your own spiritual journey. It includes:

  • ten sessions exploring the life of Peter, from his first encounter with Jesus to his own crucifixion
  • an outline summary of each video presentation
  • thought-provoking questions for reflection and discussion
  • practical tips for including lectio divina in your daily prayer life
  • insights and information for deeper understanding
  • five guided reflections per session to make the study your own throughout the week
  • space for personal journaling in each session

Price: $24.95

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs or parish pricing, contact our parish programming specialist, Deacon Richard Harden at 877-458-1477 or at richard.harden@augustineinstitute.org

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