Summary: Who do you say that Jesus is andhow does that line up with What His Word says?
July 15, 2012
Text: Matthew 16:13-20
Subject: Who Jesus Is
Title: Building the Church on Your Confession
I have been talking a lot about revival. I will continue to talk about it because we are in revival mode in this church. There is a level of expectation among many of you as we continue to wait for more dynamic manifestations of God’s Spirit among us. As we anticipate a new and fresh outpouring of the Spirit and open ourselves to whatever God desires to do in our lives, we invite a newness and freshness into our midst like we have never seen before.
In order for that to happen we need to have a new and fresh understanding of God’s Word. How many of you can honestly say that you have a clear understanding of the things that God's Word says about your life? And that is why we have church. God has sent me here to open the Word for you so the Holy Spirit can give you those revelation moments.
Amos 18:11 says, “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD,
“when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.
I believe this is where America is today concerning God's Word – even Christians. New Age teachings have crept into the church. Social doctrines have invaded the body. Last week the Episcopal Church voted to bless same – sex unions in the church. In other words, to have wedding ceremonies for same – sex couples. Other denominations deny the power of God through His Spirit and reject the gifts as being outdated. Some churches claim final authority over the scriptures. Watered down gospels, entertainment oriented services and a lack of call to holiness invades the church. Why? It is because the Jesus that some people are worshipping is not the Jesus of the bible.
The Jesus of the bible is the One who is in agreement with the God of the Bible who has written this book through His Holy Spirit. In John 14:9 Jesus said, …Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.
Romans 10:17 in the NIV, Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. The previous verses in Romans tell us that our faith is expressed by our confession.
I want to show you today that the coming revival will be built on the truth of God's Word and our confession of that truth. We must build the church by our confession.
Read Matthew 16:13-20
I believe this is God's Word…
I believe it is for me…
I accept it as mine…
And I appropriate it to my life today…
I. WHAT DOES THE WORLD THINK ABOUT JESUS? 13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” If you asked that question today you would get a variety of answers.
God or Man?
Who Jesus Was
Wise and enlightened man who taught similar things to the Buddha.
To teach humanity wisdom and the way to enlightenment.