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Who Do You Say I Am? | Matthew 16:13-28

If someone were to ask you who Jesus is, what would you say? In the second week of our sermon series Loaded Questions, John Elmore shows us how confessing Jesus’s deity leads to building His Church and to Christians’ willingness to make sacrifices for His glory.

John ElmoreJan 9, 2022

In This Series (3)
Do You Want To Go Away As Well? | John 6:60-71
Blake HolmesJan 16, 2022
Who Do You Say I Am? | Matthew 16:13-28
John ElmoreJan 9, 2022
Do You Want to Be Healed? | John 5:1-18
John ElmoreJan 2, 2022

Summary

If someone were to ask you who Jesus is, what would you say? In the second week of our sermon series Loaded Questions, John Elmore shows us how confessing Jesus’s deity leads to building His Church and to Christians’ willingness to make sacrifices for His glory.

Key Takeaways

  • The progression of the question “Who do you say that I am?” starts with confession, moves to the Church, and ends at the cross.
  • Confessing Jesus brings salvation and healing (James 5:16).
  • Jesus is not A Christ or A Son of God, He is THE Christ and THE Son of God (Matthew 16:16).
  • If you deny the resurrection, you deny that Jesus is God and are unsaved (Romans 10:9).
  • God delights to reveal the glory of Christ to us (2 Corinthians 4:6).
  • Confessing Jesus results in praise for your salvation and prayer for others’ salvation.
  • Confessing that Jesus is Lord leads to the Church (Matthew 16:18-19).
  • To be of Christ is to be of the body of Christ. The Bible knows nothing of a Christian apart from the Church.
  • Your confession leads to the Church, which leads to the cross (Matthew 16:24-27).
  • Our purpose is to be reconciled to God and bring glory to Him (Galatians 2:20).
  • Living stones are not after measures, treasures, and pleasures. They live for the glory of God.
  • Jesus doesn’t make us better; He makes us new.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Do you believe that Jesus is a Christ or the Christ?
  • If you have trusted in Jesus, have you confessed that He is Christ the Lord?
  • What “living stones” that you have seen building Jesus’s Church can you thank God for? Reach out to them today to let them know you see them living for the glory of God.
  • Who is someone that is not yet a “living stone” you can commit to praying for and sharing Christ with?
  • What measures, treasures, and pleasures are you living for rather than the glory of God?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: Matthew 16:13-28; James 5:16; John 14:6; Romans 10:9; 1 Timothy 6:12-13; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:2-3; 2 Corinthians 4:6; John 6:44a; Ephesians 2:20-22; 1 Peter 2:5-6; Isaiah 53; Hebrews 9:27; Galatians 2:20; 1 Timothy 6:18; John 10:28
  • Article: The History of the Liar, Lord, Lunatic Trilemma by Kyle Barton
  • Books: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis; Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan; The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer