Questions: Who Do You Say That I Am?


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Matthew 16:13-17 - “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’”

Who do others say Jesus is?

Who do you say Jesus is?

“What comes into our minds when we think about Christ is the most important thing about us.” A.W. Tozer

1 Corinthians 8:5-6 - “There may be so-called gods both in heaven and on earth, and some people actually worship many gods and many lords. But for us, there is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created, and for whom we live. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live.” (NLT)

Jesus was either:

  • Liar
  • Lunatic
  • Lord

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher… Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit on Him and kill Him…or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (C.S. Lewis)

Romans 10:9-10 - “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” 

Notes:  Among the people who you associate who are NOT in the church, how would you say those people reference Jesus? What would they say about who Jesus is?

Q1: Generally, people have a much easier time believing in “God” than believing in Jesus. In your opinion, why is this?

Read Matthew 16:13-17

Q2: A. W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about Christ is the most important thing about us.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Re-read Matthew 16:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 8:5-6

Q3: Jesus asked a very key question of his disciples. That question was “Who do you say that I am?”. Peter answered Jesus in a way that Jesus obviously approved of. What do you think he said that was so important?

Q4: C. S. Lewis made a powerful challenge to his readers when he claimed that Jesus is either a liar, a lunatic or he is Lord. He put it this way: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher… Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit on Him and kill Him…or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” C.S. Lewis •In what ways do you think many church-goers believe in God as a great moral teacher but not as Lord of their lives. •What do you think the difference is? •Do you sometimes fall into this in your life? If so, how?

Close your group in prayer together. Remember to pray for all those who were baptized on Sunday.

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