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Who Do They Say That You Are

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Sermon shared by Juan Lane

August 2005
Summary: This will help us understand what people are saying behind our backs
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General teen
Sermon:
Who Do They Say That You Are?

Scripture Reference: Matthew 16:13-15 (KJV)

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

Luke 9:18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? 19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. 20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.


INTRODUCTION
Who do they say that you are?

Some of us try and act like we don’t care what people say about us

In one way, we need to have that frame of mind or we would be forever in a state of living our lives to impress others

However the truth is that somewhere deep inside we really do care what people say about us

In fact, that is one of the major forces that continue to push us to our destiny

I am sure that we can think of people who sincerely don’t seem to care what people think about them but this is only a cover so that they can hide their lazy and sinful ways

Those people realize that if they were to concern themselves with influencing what people said about them then they would be faced with the responsibility of leading a life that bared good fruits

MAIN BODY
Christ asked his disciples who did they say he was (verse 13)

This is really an incredible question because he had just finished doing a miracle with fish and bread and healing and teaching.

There are at least three other factors that make this such an
incredible question

1.) It can almost be assumed what the people should have thought
of him.

2.) I am also sure that there had to be people walking up to him
telling him what they thought of him and what he was doing for
them

3.) Lastly and certainly not least he could have went to the people
and asked for himself. If he really wanted to know what they
thought. He could have simply asked them for himself. After
all Jesus wasn’t a “hands-off” person like so many of the people
of God are today

We can never really know what people think about us today however because;
1.) We don’t have time we are too busy in the church to find time
to talk to the people.

2.) When we are out in public we normally give the impression
that we are just too holy to just stop and converse with the
common person.

We think he may let the wrong words come out of his mouth.
Or people might see me talking to him and know that he is a drug user, drug dealer, homosexual, homeless, jobless, penniless, etc. (you make the list) and come to the wrong conclusion about me and start to spread
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