Text: Matthew 16:15
Last week John discussed why getting Christianity right matters. Can you remember a few reasons? (It matters for society, our neighbors, our kids and grandkids, ourselves, when we face death and for eternity).
This week John will help us examine the most important question we will ever answer: “Who do you believe Jesus is?”
GROUP CONNECTION Target time: 5-10 minutes
In two or three words, describe Jesus. Allow each person to share.
STUDY/DISCUSSION Target time: 45-50 minutes
Small Group Leaders, please always make an effort to have each person engage in the discussion. Remember, all Small group discussions are meant to “…[build] others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29b).
Also, as with every week, Small Group Leaders should never feel the pressure of having to go in-depth on every question, or completing the entire outline. The purpose of these questions is to enhance your group time, and to encourage people to seek a deeper personal relationship with God. Do not let the pressure of thorough completion of the questions distract from what God might be doing in your group, at a deeper level.
- In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say I am?” If Jesus were to ask you this, what would you say?
- What are some ways the world around you gets this answer wrong?
- Read the following verses to help you with this question: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, Matthew 28:19 & 2 Corinthians 13:14. Considering the verses you just read, how would you explain the Trinity to someone else?
- Read Romans 10:9 & 2 John 1:7. Considering these verses, why is it imperative to believe in both the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ?
- In the sermon, John mentioned accessing Jesus’s power. We don’t oftentimes think of ourselves as being able to access Jesus’s power, but in scripture we are introduced to a woman who, in her desperation to be healed of a long-term illness, “thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well”” (Mark 5:28). In touching Jesus’s cloak, Jesus felt the “power proceeding from Him” (Mark 5:30a). Even though Jesus was the source of the power, what does Jesus say actually made the woman well? Read verse Mark 5:34.
- How does knowing about this relationship between Jesus’s power and our faith affect your faith?
We are oftentimes like the father of the demon possessed boy in scripture who said to Jesus, “I do believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9.24b). We believe, but we lack something deeper at the heart of our faith.
As John asked in his sermon this week, what do you need to believe about Jesus to access his power? This question is not asking you to test Jesus, for it says in scripture, “And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test” (Luke 4:12); Rather, this question asks what you need to understand more clearly about Jesus so that you may believe and have a deeper, more abounding faith and access to the divine Creator of the Universe.
Consider this and commit to it this week.
Before praying, read Romans 10:8-9 aloud. Pray for each person to be committed to gaining better and deeper understanding of Jesus Christ this week, so that they may gain access to his holy, incomparable power.