Have you noticed that your knowledge of a person often dictates how you act around them?

Sunday Morning Worship
March 11, 2012
Series: “Basic”
Today: “Follow Jesus”

Scripture:  Matthew 16:13-18 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.  18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Intro: Have you noticed that your       knowledge        of a person often dictates how you act around them?

* Jesus knew what people believed about Him would dictate their       actions       toward Him.

I.    OUR ANSWER       REVEALS        OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

* Those that answered: John the Baptist or one of the prophets knew      of       Him, but did not truly know Him.

II.   OUR ANSWER DETERMINES OUR         TESTIMONY        .

A.  Peter’s answer broke away from religion and spoke of         relationship          .

B.  What is your testimony?

III.  OUR ANSWER         FORMS           OUR FAITH!

A.  Jesus responded to Peter’s answer: “On this…I will build my church…and the gates of hell will not overcome it.”

B.  What is your answer?  It forms your faith!

1.   If you live in         fear        , you can’t truly believe that Jesus in you is your hope—your Rock.

2.   If you live in        bondage       , how can your faith proclaim Jesus is the Son of God?

Conclusion:  God is looking for         rocks         to build on; people who, like         Peter         , will say: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

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