The Church… Called Out
Matthew 16:13-20 NASB
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” 20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.
- What stuck out to you from this sermon on the church? How does knowing that the Church will always prevail impact your daily walk with Jesus? How does His victory change your day/week/2019?
- When you think of the Church, what thoughts come to your mind? Is it encouraging/discouraging? In what ways have you bought into the lie that the Church is dying? How have you been tempted to give up?
- Who does Jesus say will build the Church? Who does Jesus say the church belongs to? (Acts 20:28). How do we behave like the church belongs to us? What results when we behave like church is ours?
- How does Jesus’ claims about owning and building the church contrast or affirm your experience of church? What does a church that believes in Jesus look like?
- What does a church look like when it’s in a defensive posture? Offensive posture? In what ways do you live in a defensive posture toward the world? How does that intersect with Scripture?