WordServe Church Study Guide for Feb 15, 2015
- Sermon Title: “Who Do You Say That I Am?” (Dr. Nolan Donald)
- Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
- Sermon Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20
- Additional Study Texts: Mark 8:27-35
– As you reflect on Sunday’s message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp?
– Who is Jesus to you? (Use your own words!)
Read Mark 8:27-35
– After Peter acknowledges who Jesus is, why would Jesus ask them not to tell anyone?
– Why do you think Jesus chose that time to begin listing off the things that must happen (e.g., suffering, death, etc.)?
– What does the encounter in Mark 8:32, 33 tell you about Peter’s understanding of Jesus’ purpose? Is this different than understanding who Jesus is (verse 8:29)? Explain:
– Why does Jesus “tell it like it is” when it comes to following him? (See verses 34, 35). Wouldn’t he get more followers if he emphasized the positives?
– What does it mean to “deny self?”
– What does it mean to “take up our cross?”
– What does it look like to lose our lives for His sake?
– Re-state Mark 8:35 in your own words:
Taking It Home
– Does this sermon/study change your answer to the Getting Started question (Who is Jesus to you)? If so, how?
– Of the three statements Jesus makes, which is most difficult for you (i.e., deny self, take up cross, lose our life)? What makes it most difficult for you?
– Based on the question above, what would that look like in your life today?
– How would you describe who Jesus is to a neighbor or co-worker? (Role-play or share with a friend first and ask for feedback!)
– Share your biggest take-away from this study with a friend!
- Who Do You Say That I Am? by Robert Velarde
- Questions Jesus Asks, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” by Kirk H. Neely
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