Tom Scott - 5/07/2015
Date: July 6, 2015
What a weekend! Lots of people had Friday off for the 4th of July which was great. Saturday was full of activities around the state with huge firework displays in most communities. Plus there was the Rolling Stones concert at IMS. Then on Sunday we got to worship our amazing Creator. Last night was the world cup finals in women’s soccer. Being a Ben Davis grad, it was great watching one of the goals being scored by a fellow alum. On top of all that, we had a beautiful weekend here in central Indiana.
Now it is Monday morning and many of us are back to work, school, or our daily grind. Something to consider though is that Jesus promised to go with us even to the ends of the ages. We do not have to leave Jesus standing at the doors of the church when we leave on Sunday morning. Jesus wants to go with us to work on Monday morning or to the doctor’s office on Wednesday afternoon. Yesterday in the message we looked at who Jesus was and is today. The five questions below are meant to help us reflect upon the message. Take some time this week to work through the questions.
1. When you sign up for social media such as Twitter or Facebook, they allow you to post some personal information about yourself. Normally people will post something about where they work, what they like to do, and some sort of personal preference when it comes to pizza toppings or music style. If Jesus were to set up a Snapchat account or Facebook page, what would you suppose he would put on his page?
2. While the disciples and Jesus are on they way to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus will turn and ask them a question. The question that Jesus has for them reflects upon the public opinion of the people the disciples have been talking to. Why would the four suggestions the disciples offer to Jesus make sense in light of what has transpired recently in their lives?
3. Jesus will set aside the public opinion polls for a moment and ask the disciples directly who they say Jesus is. He wants to know what is going through their minds at this time. Peter is the one to respond with what has been called the Great Confession. How do you think the other disciples reacted when they heard Peter make this powerful confession?
4. As a Christian Church, we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. We believe that Jesus was born of a Virgin, led a sinless life, died on the cross and was resurrected the third day. We believe that Jesus is waiting up in Heaven for that moment when God says “Enough” and sends Jesus back to this earth to gather up the saints. We believe that Jesus was both fully God and man at the same time while he was here on the earth. What do you have to say about this Jesus?
5. Jesus was far more than your average Joe off the street. During this time when Christianity is under attack around the globe, it is important that we understand what we believe about Jesus. If we are to see a revival in our country and around the world; then it starts with us sharing God’s passionate plea with those around us. What are some steps you are taking to help spread the gospel message to the people in your sphere of influence?
The reality is that Jesus wants to be more than just your buddy on a shelf or a sticker on your bumper; He wants to be your Lord and Savior. Jesus came into this world so that we might be able to enter His world. This Sunday we are going to look at the Holy Spirit, which is God’s gift to us today through the work of Jesus Christ. I want to invite you to come for this very important message in our series, “Core Values: What We Believe.” Bring someone with you!
WHO IS JESUS ?
Matthew 16:13-16 July 5,2015
Introduction: When you set up a social media account, there is room for you to add some personal information about yourself. Often people will identify who they are, what they do, and something they love. What would Jesus say in his personal profile section? In our text today, Jesus will be proclaimed as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. This morning we will look at what we believe about Jesus as a church.
I. He asks a probing question.
A. Jesus is ______________ with his disciples. Luke 9:6
B. The disciples __________ up with Jesus. Malachi 4:5
II. He gives a powerful confession.
A. Peter acknowledges He is the _________. John 20:28
B. Jesus acknowledges ___ is the Christ. Mark 14:60-62
III. He offers a passionate plea.
A. What do _______ believe about Jesus? 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
B. Who do _____________ say I am? Matthew 10:32-33
Conclusion: Jesus was more than just your average Joe on the street. We believe that Jesus was the Son of God come in the flesh to save us from our sins. This morning we must decide what we believe about Jesus. If we truly believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, then it will impact the way we live our lives. What does your life have to say about Jesus today?
Key Thought: We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God
Key Words: alone, open, Christ, He, we, you