Hey everyone! This is a short outline for a recent message I taught to a local Youth Ministry’s DNOW.
What is the most important question in the world? For me, when in school, it was something like: What am I going to wear today? What am I going to do after school? Who’s going to the game tonight? When I got older it was, what am I going to do after HS? (Play soccer for UofL or join the Army) I joined the Army. Then what college will I go to? Who will I marry?
These are all important questions in life, but none of them compare to the question we will look at this morning. Everyone will answer this question, either on earth or find out the answer in death.
We are going to pick up the story at the peak of Jesus’ ministry. For 2 ½ years Jesus had been moving toward this moment. He was going to give the ultimate lesson of who He was to His disciples. Let’s read.
Read, Matthew 16:13-24
vv 13-20 I. When Following Jesus, we must know whom we’re following.
- Jesus is the Messiah! The Savior of the World.
- The Confession: The Christ, or Messiah. Through Jesus is salvation alone
- The Result: blessed. Those who confess Jesus as Lord are divinely & eternally blessed.
- The Source: God. It’s not about knowledge alone God reveals Himself to those who seek Him.
vv 21-23 II. When Following Jesus, we must submit to the plan of the Father. Jesus was plan “A”! He had to go to Jerusalem, in order to save that which was lost. He was going to the cross to redeem sinners. There was no other option. Peter didn’t understand what Jesus, the Messiah, was talking about!! The minds of men are not the mind of God. God has a plan and purpose.
Vv 24 III. When Following Jesus, we must understand the road that is chosen.If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Mark 8:34 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27
Come after Me: Salvation
Deny himself: disown, completely leave the sinful desires to chase after Christ. It’s not about me anymore it’s about Jesus and His will for my life. (John 3:30 – He must become greater, I must become less.)
Take up his cross: The cross is an instrument of death! Those who wish to follow Christ die to self and live for Christ. Check out: Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 1:21
Follow me: obedience, 1 John 2:6; Matt. 7:21