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“ Spin, Hype and a True Encounter with God”

“ Spin, Hype and a True Encounter with God” Matt 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21   We are going to break next week in order to prepare for Thanksgiving. Contrary to the spin, and hype about that holiday it is not about Pilgrims and Indians. While those people were certainly players, they were not the main attraction. Without the God, whose name is left out of the modern versions of the story, they would not have survived.     “ Thanksgiving” implies a benefactor. The devout religious people who settled here did not worship the people around them no matter how nice those people were. They truly believed that it was God who sustained their lives, and they worshipped Him. They also believed that God had given them this land, just as He had given the Promised Land to Israel. Just as Israel did, the settlers made mistakes that cost them, and others, their lives. Nevertheless, God blessed them, kept them, and saved them from themselves. That is why they were thankful. It was not to celebrate an eternal diversity picnic. Next week then, we will examine some things that we can be thankful for in commemoration of the blessings he has bestowed on us, so that when Thanksgiving day comes we will be ready. See Ya Next Time   Page 1 part 1

Matt 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21

 

We are going to break next week in order to prepare for Thanksgiving. Contrary to the spin, and hype about that holiday it is not about Pilgrims and Indians. While those people were certainly players, they were not the main attraction. Without the God, whose name is left out of the modern versions of the story, they would not have survived.

 

  “ Thanksgiving” implies a benefactor. The devout religious people who settled here did not worship the people around them no matter how nice those people were. They truly believed that it was God who sustained their lives, and they worshipped Him. They also believed that God had given them this land, just as He had given the Promised Land to Israel. Just as Israel did, the settlers made mistakes that cost them, and others, their lives. Nevertheless, God blessed them, kept them, and saved them from themselves. That is why they were thankful. It was not to celebrate an eternal diversity picnic. Next week then, we will examine some things that we can be thankful for in commemoration of the blessings he has bestowed on us, so that when Thanksgiving day comes we will be ready.

See Ya Next Time

 

“ Spin, Hype and a True Encounter with God”   Bruce wrote “The Training of the Twelve” in 1891, as a response to the work of the Tubingen School of Higher Criticism. However, his writing applies to today’s skeptics who want to dismiss the importance of the Gospel. Jesus, was not concerned with popular opinion, but thought it necessary to discuss it in order to teach the Twelve. He took them to an isolated place where He spent time in prayer and solitude, and then began to test them. Jesus asked them what the hype was in the community about who He was. While everyone was aware of the opinion of the religious leaders, the populace generally thought Him to be either a prophet or a good teacher, and most certainly a very special kind of person. Bruce notes here that it is most interesting to see how the people who saw Jesus as a threat (the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians) spun what they saw to fit what was already in their hearts. Contrary to the others, these people saw Jesus as a blasphemer, a glutton and worse. Their spin on Him helped them to justify their own behavior in their own eyes, and made Jesus appear common. We do that today! Read any newspaper. The good stories are bad, and the bad ones are good. It is obvious that the mainstream media has an agenda. They spin any news to promote their personal slant, which happens to be what is already in their hearts. They claim to be, however, fair-minded and neutral. That claim, in itself, is foolish. The other people were not much better. They saw Jesus as the Great Miracle Worker; the one who would solve all their perceived needs with His magic tricks. They did not respect His deity, nor did they even see it. Jesus was merely a resource to them. The crowd was impressed by the hype of Jesus’ miracles. The religious leaders saw Him as a threat that had to go. They spun anything He did, so they could justify what was already in their hearts. Page 1 / Part 2

“ Spin, Hype and a True Encounter with God”             What was it that Peter saw when asked who Jesus was? Peter had encountered the true and living God. He was seeing that this was no ordinary man. Far from being a resource or heretic, Jesus was the Messiah, and the Savior.  He had come to save the world; but in a way, the disciples would soon find out, that was not how they expected Him to save them.             Jesus was elated that Peter had recognized that He was Messiah. He declared that because of his faith, Peter was now a living stone or pebble (petros), in the foundation rock (petra), of the house of God (church). Peter would later tell us this in his Epistle (1Peter 2:5).             Peter’s confession of the true God would change his life. Just as all believers do when they have that encounter with the living God. A true disciple is not like the Pharisees, nor is he like the populace seeking Jesus as merely a resource to use. They know that although they are mere pebbles, they are an important part of the rock. They need to grow, develop, and play their role in the kingdom. That growth comes from testing.             Jesus’ question to Peter, “who do you say that I am,” was to prepare him for a sorrow that was about to take place in the crucifixion, and for the joy in the resurrection. No wonder Peter could boldly claim what He did in the second chapter of Acts. He was not caught up in the spin and the hype. He had encountered the Living God, who revealed the Truth to him; and that made all the difference in his life. Page 2 / part 2 Spin, Hype and a True Encounter with God question study guide next page. E-Mail [email_address] for your bible study session. There she will go over answers with you on a personal level. Enjoy! www.livingtruth.us/chaplydia.html

            What was it that Peter saw when asked who Jesus was? Peter had encountered the true and living God. He was seeing that this was no ordinary man. Far from being a resource or heretic, Jesus was the Messiah, and the Savior.  He had come to save the world; but in a way, the disciples would soon find out, that was not how they expected Him to save them.

            Jesus was elated that Peter had recognized that He was Messiah. He declared that because of his faith, Peter was now a living stone or pebble (petros), in the foundation rock (petra), of the house of God (church). Peter would later tell us this in his Epistle (1Peter 2:5).

            Peter’s confession of the true God would change his life. Just as all believers do when they have that encounter with the living God. A true disciple is not like the Pharisees, nor is he like the populace seeking Jesus as merely a resource to use. They know that although they are mere pebbles, they are an important part of the rock. They need to grow, develop, and play their role in the kingdom. That growth comes from testing.

            Jesus’ question to Peter, “who do you say that I am,” was to prepare him for a sorrow that was about to take place in the crucifixion, and for the joy in the resurrection. No wonder Peter could boldly claim what He did in the second chapter of Acts. He was not caught up in the spin and the hype. He had encountered the Living God, who revealed the Truth to him; and that made all the difference in his life.

“ The Center of My Heart” Read Matthew 16:13-20 What was typical of Peter’s response to Jesus? 2. How did Jesus say Peter came to know this Truth? 3. What would be Peter’s reward for acting on his faith? 4. In v.19-20, was Jesus talking just to Peter? 5. In your own words: what does this passage mean? Read Mark 8:27-30 6. How does this version differ from the Matthew passage? 7. Why do you think Jesus asked them to keep it quiet? Read Luke 9:18-21 8. How does this verse differ from the others? 9. Was Jesus just talking to Peter? 10. Write a paragraph about Peter’s confession. Does the Scripture say that Peter was now the head of the Church. Why or why not? http://songsofpraise.org/song.php?songid=393

Read Matthew 16:13-20

What was typical of Peter’s response to Jesus?

2. How did Jesus say Peter came to know this Truth?

3. What would be Peter’s reward for acting on his faith?

4. In v.19-20, was Jesus talking just to Peter?

5. In your own words: what does this passage mean?

Read Mark 8:27-30

6. How does this version differ from the Matthew passage?

7. Why do you think Jesus asked them to keep it quiet?

Read Luke 9:18-21

8. How does this verse differ from the others?

9. Was Jesus just talking to Peter?

10. Write a paragraph about Peter’s confession. Does the Scripture say that Peter was now the head of the Church. Why or why not?

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