Episode #49 - "Building On the Rock”
Matthew 16:13-20 Common English Bible
13 Now when Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Human One is?”14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
15 He said, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Then Jesus replied, “Happy are you, Simon son of Jonah, because no human has shown this to you. Rather my Father who is in heaven has shown you. 18 I tell you that you are Peter. And I’ll build my church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it. 19 I’ll give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Anything you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. Anything you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered the disciples not to tell anybody that he was the Christ.
Introductory Image - "I'm only human" - We use this phrase when we've fallen short or made some sort of mistake. Sometimes we get tired and lose our temper with our loved or co-worker. Sometimes we make decisions that suit us rather than the people surrounding us. Many times we make promises to God for future action and we fail to follow through. Which of the following impedes you most often...lack of time?...lack of patience?...lack of rest?...lack of nutrition?...lack of prayer and meditation? Have you noticed very device you hold in your hand has limitless resources to help you track each of these practices.
Moving Beyond the Image - "The Human One" - The Common English Bible uses this phrase to describe Jesus where other translations have used "the son of man", The essential point is Jesus was a human, who felt each of the pressures listed above. He felt overwhelmed, sad, discouraged, angry, but most importantly, he felt called to serve. We are not Jesus, and we should not try to be Jesus. However, we need to learn to push against our personal limitations of being human, in order to better serve others in his name. How do you set realistic expectations that push your boundaries in other parts of your life? How can you learn from those practices and apply them to your Christian walk? How can a faith community help you in this pursuit?
Three Points of Discussion
This Sunday, we will discuss overcoming the difficult limitations of being human, in order to serve a greater purpose of bringing hope and salvation to our peers.
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