Taking Courage (v. 43)
What type of disciple are you?
A ____________ Disciple
True disciples remain true disciples (vv. 40-41, 47).
Secret disciples do not remain secret disciples (vv. 42-46).
Tony and Matt spent the afternoon at the Rock Island Bus Station. Together, they communicated the gospel to ten people and distributed numerous gospel tracts.
One of the people they talked to was James. He had originally refused a gospel tract. However, when he heard Matt engage a young lady in conversation, James butted in.
That began a 45-minute conversation during which James seemed genuinely convicted. He had to make a choice: turn to the Rock of Salvation or continue his reprobate life in Rock Island, IL.
When the Lord begins to speak it should echo in our life. The lost have no reason to believe in the Lord. They need to hear the echo of the Lord like a thunder shaking the skies, in our lives to bring them to Him.
This sermon was preached at Sunnyhill Nursing Home.
Peter did not come to the conclusion that Jesus was the Son of God by the traditions of men. It was by Father revealing it to him. God reveals Himself to needy sinners through the truth of the Bible. Did Christ build His Church upon Peter. No, He would build His Church upon Peter's Confession. The "Rock", the Petra that Christ would build His Church upon would be Peter's Confession that He was indeed the Christ.
It will be good for us to remember that sometimes, when we are going through a trial, that we may not understand the reasons why God is permitting it. We do not understand why God has ordained it. It will be good for us to remember that God always does have the best of reasons. And the greatest reason is, that He would have us to be more conformed to the image of His Son. This is the purpose of our trials, that we might have fellowship with Christ's sufferings, and come to know more of the power of His resurrection. God wants us to live by faith in Him. In this regard I want to open up to you the phrase – "As in the days when God watched over me".
This was a very wicked region.
In the time of Christ, Caesarea Phillipi was the 'red light district.' It was filled with pagan people doing pagan things. And yet, this is where Jesus took His disciples in Matthew 16. Why? That will be the focus of today's study.
Questions That We'll Answer:
A) Why did Jesus travel to the region known as Hell's gates?
B) What did He teach His disciples when they got there?
C) Why did Jesus say "on this rock I will build my church?"
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