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This Week's Message (March 17)

March 17, 2019 || Jesus Questions : Who Do You Say That I Am?

Message Notes

Questions | Who do you say I am?

Matthew 16

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 

21…Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things… that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 


The conversation starts with a question: Who do you say I am?

And ends with a challenge: Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.

The question - Who do you say I am? - is not ultimately about theology and doctrine but rather what you do with your theology.

It is possible to believe in God, but not actually believe God.

Two warnings:

Matthew 7

16 …Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

James 2

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Discussion Questions

  1. How do you think the "people" in your life would describe Jesus? Do you think there is a difference between the public perception of Jesus and the public perception of Christians?
  2. Notice: Peter gets the theology right and the application wrong. When is a time you have struggled to apply what you believe?
  3. What is the most challenging part to you from Matthew 7: 16-21 and James 2:14-19?
  4. What is something in your life this week Jesus would want you to address because it doesn't line up with what you say you believe?

Daily Devotional

Read each passage a few times and answer these questions: 

What does it mean? 

What does it mean to me? 

How can I can apply this?

Monday, March 18 – Matthew 16:13-20

Tuesday, March 19 – Matthew 7:16-21

Wednesday, March 20 – James 2:14-19

Thursday, March 21 –Matthew 25

Friday, March 22 – John 6:35-37

Saturday, March 23 – Mark 4:35-41

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