WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?
(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 21st – 27th August 2017)
FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Matthew 16:13-20 and Romans 12:1-8
ICE BREAKER: Think about what has been the most affirming thing anyone has said to you. What response/emotions did this evoke in you. Share this with your group.
- READ: Matthew 16:13-20. Looking at verses 13-14, cne can imagine Jesus asking this question and the disciples, perhaps jovially, giving the common view of the people. If we were to ask people today – “Who do you say Jesus is?” I wonder who they would answer this question? Discuss together.
- In verse 15 Jesus becomes direct – he asks them what they personally think. How would you answer this question for yourself? Share with your group.
- I love Peter – he calls a spade a spade. He recognised in Jesus, as revealed to him by God’s Spirit, the divine nature of Jesus. What is your understanding of the Messiahship of Jesus and how have you experienced this in your faith journey?
- Jesus in turn affirms Peter and identifies Peter’s future role (v18). When Jesus says this how does this tie in with Jesus on work of salvation on the cross and Peter becoming the first great leader of the Church in Jerusalem post, the cross?
- Jesus also states in v.18 that as he builds the church no powers of hell will conquer it (v.18b). What does this say about the power of Jesus, motivated by love, over all forces?
- Peter also reminds us in 1 Peter 2:4-6, that we are the church, built on the foundation of the apostle and prophets, with Jesus as the cornerstone. How has the faith and witness of others helped to strengthen your faith, and in so doing continued to build Christ’s church?
- READ: Romans 12:1-8. Identify the transforming work of Christ in this portion of Scripture. How are you experiencing this transformative work in your life? Are you seeing it in the church and community? Do you have any ideas on how you could impact the life of others who are searching for answers so that they also experience this transformative power in their lives?
Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.
“I have just been to the bluff and back and the journey was quite depressing.
Please pray about the garbage lined streets – that people will gain insight into proper litter Control and realize that we are all custodians of the land for future generations. If you teach perhaps make it a theme during a term. Have a conversation with those in your employment.
Please pray for the “stop street” beggars that their lives will be turned around and that they will be able to find employment or a piece of land to grow produce on.
Pray for those who are trying to run a business but the shop/business is bare and struggling.
Pray for someone to start a Facebook challenge to clean up and pick up around their industrial work place and home.
Please pray for the safety of pupils at schools and the headline today that says that: “condoms in schools are imperative” – the issue is wider than this.
Please pray for taxi accidents and the safety of those in them. Taxis are an essential part of public transport in this country and more should be done to ensure it is safe for everyone.
Thank God for our blessings and for the rain and snow. Research the name of a government official for eg The Minister of transport – and bless him/her by name. Don’t get angry when you see an injustice – PRAY. Amen
(Thank you to Merle Vollebregt for this week’s prayers)